Homeland Security & Public Safety

Fire Rescue & EMS

Collaboration among area fire and emergency medical services (EMS) officials greatly benefits area residents by helping to ensure public safety and protect peoples’ lives and property. Through its fire and EMS committees, COG supports regional emergency planning and response, interoperable communications, trainings, and public service announcements.

COG, in collaboration with area fire chiefs and local government attorneys, has helped coordinate regional mutual aid agreements, which allow fire resources to be shared across jurisdictional borders to respond to incidents and emergencies. These agreements were first put to the test when suburban fire departments came to the aid of the District of Columbia during civil disturbances following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

COG continually works with the region’s Fire Chiefs and public safety communications subject matter experts to examine ways to improve communications, particularly when responding to incidents requiring mutual aid operations. COG helps agencies plan for all-hazards response, and promotes efforts to further fire service intelligence functions as well as fire, EMS, and police intelligence integration. COG supports fire departments on public information campaigns, such as fire safety, and helps facilitate joint meetings with area Police Chiefs and Emergency Managers. Through COG, fire officials have also worked closely with Metro to improve underground radio systems for first responders and establish a fire/rescue liaison in Metro’s Rail Operations Control Center.



News & Multimedia

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    Geldart, Schwartz presented with COG award for regional leadership

    December 20, 2016

    COG’s Ronald F. Kirby Award for Collaborative Leadership was presented to two regional leaders, the District of Columbia's Homeland Security and Emergency...

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    COG recognizes local public safety leader for 62 years of service

    November 17, 2016

    Fairfax County Public Safety Communications Director Stephen Souder, who recently retired after more than 60 years of public safety service in the metropolitan...

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    COG Recognizes Loudoun County Chairman Scott York for Regional Leadership

    December 10, 2015

    Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor and Baltimore Metropolitan Council also receive COG regional awards at the 2015 COG Annual Meeting.

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    Region's Fire Chiefs Hold Press Conference on Fall Fire Safety

    October 30, 2015

    With the changing of the seasons, the region’s residents stoke their fireplaces, dust off their space heaters, and break out extension cords and candles for use...

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    Metrorail Communications Study Calls for New Equipment, Coordination

    October 22, 2015

    A new study of underground communications networks used by Metrorail recommends a long, system-wide to-do list, but also notes that important safety upgrades...

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    Metro and COG Fire Chiefs Announce New Fire/Rescue Liaison

    July 23, 2015

    Metro, with support of the COG Fire Chiefs Committee, announced the addition of a full-time fire/rescue liaison in its Rail Operations Control Center. The...

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    Q&A: Richard Bowers Fairfax County Fire Chief

    February 27, 2014

    In 2013 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard R. Bowers Jr. as the county’s fire chief. A 35-year veteran of the Montgomery County Md....

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