It is the mission of the NIST Fire Department to provide an effective fire prevention and protection program to reduce the loss of life and property through the continuation and implementation of policies and education. The department provides a high quality of standard emergency medical care, rapidly responds to any request for assistance by our NIST staff or our neighboring fire departments in Montgomery County, and provides the best services needed to mitigate an incident and bring it to a favorable outcome.
The NIST Fire Department provides 24-hour support and protection for the NIST headquarters facility located in Gaithersburg, Maryland on 578 acres. The Fire Department provides fire prevention inspections, fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials (HAZMAT) response, and miscellaneous services for the Gaithersburg campus.
All firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Hazardous Materials Technicians, and Fire Inspectors.
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The primary purpose of a fire engine includes transporting firefighters and water to an incident as well as carrying equipment for firefighting operations. Some fire engines have specialized functions, such as wildfire suppression, aircraft rescue, and firefighting, and may also carry equipment for technical rescue. NIST Fire Department maintains a fleet of varying types of apparatus to support the mission of protecting lives, property, and the environment. A general review of the apparatus specifications can be found at this link: CLICK HERE
If you’re a Montgomery County resident and have any questions or concerns please visit Montgomery County, Maryland Fire & Rescue Service or call 240-777-0311.