The Fire & Rescue Training Academy (FRTA) is located on the Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) grounds along with the Montgomery County Police Training Academy in Gaithersburg Maryland.   The PSTA project 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 365 days 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.  

Assistant Chief Elizabeth Sanford

MCFRS Training Chief

240-773-8201 Office Line

240-773-8232 Fax

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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
Elizabeth Sanford Email

Assistant Chief Elizabeth Sanford

MCFRS Training Chief

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

240-773-8201 240-372-4034
Kelvin M. Thomas Email

Battalion Chief Kelvin M. Thomas

Deputy Training Officer

Command Development Training Coordinator

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


Google Voice


Amber Reamy Email

Amber Reamy

Program Manager II

Training Course Coordinator

Monday thru Friday 0700-1500


Position Vacant

Program Manager II

Driver Training Program

Monday thru Friday 0700-1500

Rae A. Oliveira Email Rae A. Oliveira, NR Paramedic
Program Manager II
ALS Training Coordinator
Joseph Hayunga Email

Captain Joseph Hayunga, NR Paramedic

EMS Training Officer

Monday thru Thursday 7a-5p Friday RDO

Shelley Wheeler Email

Captain Shelley Wheeler

Special Projects & Support Services

Monday thru Thursday 7a-5p Friday RDO

Jason Light Email

Captain Jason Light

Recruit Training Coordinator

Monday thru Thursday 6a-4p  Friday RDO

Adam Nichols Email

Lieutenant Adam Nichols

Ass't Recruit Training Coordinator

Richard Tatum Email

Lieutenant Richard Tatum

Ass't Driver Training Coordinator


Position Vacant

High School Cadet Coordinator

Nicholas Garner Email

Master Fire Fighter Nicholas Garner

Technical Services Coordinator

Monday thru Thursday 6a-4p Friday RDO

Jerry Smith Email

Master Fire Fighter Jerry Smith

Technical Services Coordinator

Daniel Schaefer Email

Captain Daniel Schaefer

ALS Course Director

Monday thru Thursay 7a-5p  Friday RDO

Richard LaRocco Email

Lieutenant Richard LaRocco

Clinical Site Coordinator

Hours and days based on teaching schedule

Cecilia Johnson Email

Cecilia Johnson

Marta Rivas Email

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



Fire & Rescue Training Academy Organizational Chart


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