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The Fire & Rescue Training Academy (FRTA) is located in the Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) along with the Montgomery County Police Training Academy in Gaithersburg Maryland.   The PSTA was completed and occupied November 2016. The PSTA continues to be one of the most active Training Academies in the State of Maryland. The PSTA is made up of several buildings for academics and  practical skills training.  This new facility has two state-of-the-art burn buildings with the latest in  natural gas systems. Additionally, with the "High Bay" all areas of firefighting, rescue and EMS operations can now be performed inside a climate controlled environment for continuous training 12 months a year. The Apparatus Building has 5 drive through bays for the Academy apparatus to be housed in. In the main academic building the Fire/Rescue Classes are held on the 2nd floor with the Montgomery County Police classrooms on the first floor of the facility.  

MCFRTA Mission Statement

The mission of the Fire and Rescue Training Academy is to provide the highest quality training, instruction and evaluation while supporting the County's current and projected educational initiatives.

We strive to deliver comprehensive training programs for career and volunteer fire services and emergency services personnel, designed to create a culture of safety and competency.

Staff Directory & Contact List

Fire / Rescue Academy Main Phone #.................240-773-8200
Fax Line......................240-773-8232

Inclement Weather Class Cancellation Line........240-773-8227

(recorded message)


Staff Directory

Email Contact and Hours Office Phone Cell Phone

Assistant Chief Adam P. Jones

MCFRS Training Chief

Office Hours:  Monday thru Thursday 7a-5p Friday RDO

240-773-8201 240-372-4034

Battalion Chief Kelvin M. Thomas

Deputy Training Officer

Command Development Training Coordinator

Office Hours: Monday thru Thursday 7a-5p Friday RDO


Google Voice


Amber Leizear

Program Manager II

Training Course Coordinator

Monday thru Friday 0700-1500


Patrick J. Evinger

Program Manager II

Driver Training Program

Monday thru Friday 0700-1500

Rae A. Oliveira

Program Manager II

ALS Training Coordinator


Captain Lee R. Silverman, Paramedic

EMS Training Officer

Monday thru Thursday 7a-5p Friday RDO

240-773-8214 240-372-6466

Captain Frantz Pinthiere,  Paramedic

In-Service Training Coordinator

Monday thru Thursday 7a-5p Friday RDO


Captain Sam Villani

Recruit Training Coordinator

Monday thru Thursday 6a-4p  Friday RDO


Lieutenant Adam Nichols

Ass't Recruit Training Coordinator


Lieutenant Dan Schaefer, Paramedic

Ass't Driver Training Coordinator


Master Fire Fighter Chris Hinkle

Technical Services Coordinator

Monday thru Thursday 6a-4p Friday RDO


Master Fire Fighter Evan Stevens

Technical Services Coordinator

Chris Touzeau Email

Master Fire Fighter Chris Touzeau, Paramedic

ALS Course Director

Monday thru Thursay 7a-5p  Friday RDO


Michele Burkhammer, RN Paramedic

EMS Nurse Clinician, Clinical Site Coordinator

Hours and days based on teaching schedule


Linda Arapian, RN EMT-B

EMS Nurse Clinican, ALS Incumbrent Training Coordinator

Monday thru Friday 6a-4p


Cecilia Johnson


Marta Rivas

Office Services Coordinator

Tuesday thru Friday 8a-5p



Directions to the:

Montgomery County, Md. Public Safety Training Academy

8751  Snouffer School Road Gaithersburg, MD. 20879




From South of Rockville, Maryland:

North on Rt. 355

exit on to Shady Grove Road - East

Left onto Muncaster Mill Rd (MD-115 E)
Head north on Snouffer School Rd  approx. 1.7 miles
turn right into the Training Academy
Parking lot on the right across from the flag poles


From North of Gaithersburg, Maryland

South on I-270

exit 11 for MD-124/Quince Orchard Rd Toward Montgomery Village Avenue
Right turn onto Centerway Road
Cross over Goshen Road and continue on Centerway Road to traffic light
Turn left onto Snouffe School Road
proceed up the hill to the 3rd right into the Training Academy 
Parking lot on the right across from the flag poles




Check out the latest on the Academy web site:

EMS In-Service Program 2015

Car Donations     

Car Donation Link


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