U.S. Department of Defense

Howard County fire department receives DoD award

Howard County fire department receives DoD award

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services received the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Award, the highest honor given by the federal government to employers who support their employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

Fifteen department employees serve in the military, HCDFRS spokeswoman Maria Hogg said.

The department is one of 15 employers nationally to receive the award, which saw more than 3,000 submissions, and is the only Maryland nominee. The award, distributed by the Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program, is meant to publicly recognize employers who "have gone above and beyond federal requirements...