Prevention & Education

The Hagerstown Fire Department firmly believes that fire safety education is a direct path to fire prevention. We have adopted a "Prevent the 911" philosophy and take educating all of our citizens very seriously.

The Hagerstown Fire Department works cooperatively with local government and the community to make our city a premier location in which to live, work, and invest.  We accomplish this process through use of comprehensive risk mitigation strategies coupled with a rapid response to emergency situations.

Reducing fire risk is a primary job responsibility of every Hagerstown firefighter.

Free Smoke Detectors

Our smoke detector program has been the cornerstone of our prevention efforts for several decades. While we still find properties with no detectors or have fires in properties with our detectors, the benefits of this program are immeasurable. There are countless first hand accounts of our detectors providing critical early detection to unsafe conditions.

If you live in a 1 to 3 free family dwelling, you are eligible for one free smoke detector on each living level of your home. These detectors are provided and installed free of charge. Those who live in apartment buildings of 4 or more, your landlord should have electric detectors installed in accordance with City code.

CLICK HERE to request your free smoke detectors.

Children's Village of Washington County

The City of Hagerstown and Washington County, MD are very fortunate to have a safety education campus that serves all second graders of Washington County.

Children's Village serves as a culmination of topics learned by all Washington County children since their first firefighter visit in preschool. Children spend two consecutive days on campus learning things like how to call 911, road safety, and even basic fire development while walking through an actual burned house.

Children's Village of Washington County is a true gem in our community. There are numerous cases of children being directly involved in a life being saved because of the things they learned while at Children's Village.

Business/Industry In-Service Training

While it is not widely known, the Hagerstown Fire Department and the Hagerstown Fire Marshall's Office offers in-service training opportunities to business and industry in the City. Two examples of training provided would be fire extinguisher safety and crowd management.

CLICK HERE to electronically request in-service training or call 301-790-2476.