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    I am interested to know more about MD-TF 1. Who mostly comprises the team? Are the majority from the Montgomery County FD? or is it just ran out of there. What type of training/certification level is required to even be considered? What happens at your regular job when you get activated? What is an approximation of how many times they have been activated, in say the last 5 years? Have they ever been deployed overseas?

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    McpFFEMT,

    Here is a link to the Montgomery County Teams webpage.....

    cut and paste or click here whichever works....

    http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/si...frs/index.html


    I'm sure there is an email address you will find that they can answer your questions.

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    The rescue squads and paramedics are staffed by MCDFRS personnel. There are "civilian specialists" who fill out some of the other positions such as dog handlers, structural specialists, doctors, veterinarians, etc.

    As far as how things work with your regular employer, that is something that each person has to work out for him or herself. Obviously, the fire department personnel when deployed are covered by call backs or overtime. The civilians make their own arrangements with their employers. The web site has information about deployments and some of the other information you are looking for.
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    hwoods,

    I guess anyone can request an application, but as far as I know, all the firefighter/paramedic positions are filled by MCDFRS personnel. The only reason I got on the team was because of my professional skills.

    It would seem that since it is "Maryland Task Force One" that anybody from Maryland should be eligible to participate. You have six hours to assemble and deploy and with things located centrally you can get to the center of the state from anywhere in Maryland within that time frame. Of course, Montgomery County did make the effort to apply for the FEMA grant (which was pretty small considering the cost of putting a task force together - the equipment cache alone is valued at about $2,000,000) so I guess they figure the team is part of their sandbox. You may know more about this than I do, but I heard that Baltimore County was supposed to apply jointly with Montgomery County for the intitial FEMA grant. However, there was an administration change in Baltimore County and they dropped out of the process so Montgomery County got the grant on their own.

    There was a group of guys from Baltimore County that were a part of the old HEAT team (remember them?) who figured that if Baltimore County wasn't going to participate they would look elsewhere to play. Since a lot of them lived in PA to avoid our wonderful Maryland taxes, they applied to the PA Task Force and were accepted. They're closer to Harrisburg than Rockville anyway. I actually knew more guys on the PA Task Force than the Maryland Task Force when I started doing this. However, since I've always lived in Maryland (except for my sojourn in college) I decided to go with the Maryland Task Force out of regional pride or some such thing.
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