The Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association is a 501(c)(4) tax exempt, volunteer membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS and rescue services in Montgomery County, MD. Organized in 1922, the MCVFRA serves as the voice for all Montgomery County volunteer fire, rescue and emergency service professionals as well as the local volunteer fire and rescue departments in the County. Each of the departments maintains its own charter with the State of Maryland and is incorporated as a non-profit volunteer corporation with the state.
Volunteers in our 19 volunteer fire/rescue departments, through the MCVFRA, are the only volunteers in the United States who have collective bargaining rights. In addition to representing its membership in the local, state and national arena, the MCVFRA runs a comprehensive recruitment and retention program. The number of volunteer firefighters in Montgomery County has increased by almost 20% since 2008 while nationwide volunteer participated decreased by over 25%. The MCVFRA is known for setting the international standard for policy and program development for volunteer fire/rescue organizations.