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Mission Statement & Core Values

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services is led by Fire/EMS Chief William F. Goddard, III. He was appointed by County Executive Ken Ulman on March 2, 2009 and brings more than 40 years of emergency response service and government leadership to Howard County.  You can contact the Office of the Fire Chief at 410-313-6000.

Mission Statement 

To maintain a safe environment and high quality of life in Howard County by educating, protecting and serving our citizens, members and visitors.

Vision 

We will be a global model of a fully integrated combination volunteer and career fire, rescue, and emergency medical services organization, providing diversified services to promote life safety in our community.

Core Values 

Recognizing the dedication and skill of all members, we will create and maintain an environment of individual safety, well-being, and trust. We are guided by: Service to Others, Integrity, Honesty, Accountability, Professionalism, Compassion, Respect, and Safety. Embracing and celebrating diversity has been a reason why Howard County residents enjoy a high quality of life. All members of the DFRS, career and volunteer, will continue their efforts to remove any obstacles that limit opportunities for personal goals to be achieved due to discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age and disability.