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NIH Fire Department provides fire suppression and emergency medical services to the NIH community and to the citizens of Montgomery county.
NIH Fire Department provides technical rescue such as hazardous materials, and technical rescue services to the NIH community and to the citizens of Montgomery county.
The NIH Fire Department works closely with building 10 and support their research efforts by performing specialty transports.
To maintain a constant readiness for any situations, our fire department can get called so we are constantly drilling in all of our disciplines and taking classes.

Our Mission

​​At the National Institutes of Health Fire Department, our mission is to safeguard the health and well-being of the NIH community by providing exceptional fire prevention, emergency response, and life-saving services​.

​The NIH Fire Department provides fire, emergency medical, hazardous materials and specialized rescue services to the NIH. Many of the technological hazards at the NIH are unique and require specialized knowledge and originality in devising methods to prevent and mitigate the effects of the exigency. Each type of operation presents vastly different and unusually difficult problems regarding the types and variety of hazardous conditions which must be efficiently, yet safely, handled.

What We Do

​The NIH is characterized by a complex research environment, presenting a wide variety of hazardous operations including 3,500 research laboratories; a research hospital; animal facilities; computer facilities; high hazard bio-containment laboratories; day care and infant care facilities; dormitory and apartment facilities; single family residential homes and an underground mass transit train station. The NIH Fire Department:

DFRS Fire Chief

  • Serves as the principle liaison with the NIH scientific community and support organizations during emergencies.
  • Provides inspection and maintenance on approximately 5,000 fire extinguishers
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Develops and conducts in-house training initiatives in fire suppression, pre-hospital emergency medical techniques, fire safety initiatives, confined space rescue and other specialized emergency procedures which are necessary to mitigate the effects of incidents involving hazardous chemicals, bio-hazardous and radioactive materials.

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​Responds to fires and other emergencies at the National Naval Medical Center and in Montgomery County, Maryland in accordance with current mutual aid agreements.​