The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department trains firefighters to provide a full complement of fire suppression, technical rescue, swift water rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services, including basic and advanced life support and emergency medical transportation–it is a career and volunteer all hazards department. Since its humble beginning in July 1949, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has evolved from ten skilled “drivers” to a complex agency responsible for meeting the emergency needs of over one million residents. Today, nearly 1,400 uniformed men and women operate from 38 fire and rescue stations strategically positioned throughout Fairfax County. Additionally, about 180 civilians provide key support functions from headquarters and other locations.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department operates on three separate 24-hour rotation shifts. Each shift is led by a Deputy Fire Chief. The county is separated geographically into seven battalions, each managed by a battalion management team of a Battalion Fire Chief and EMS Captain. Fire suppression personnel and paramedics work in tandem to ensure the highest level of safety and care possible for the residents of Fairfax County.
The following pages contain information about the organization and services of the Fire and Rescue Department. You may navigate by using the links to the left.
- Overview - General information about the department, including mission, strategic vision, number of personnel, number of stations and annual activity.
- Organization - Organizational Chart.
- History - A chronological outline of the department's history.
- Stations - Fire and Rescue Station locations, addresses and telephone numbers.
- Statistics - Charts and tables of data related to all department services.
- Annual Reports/Summary - Links to PDF files of the department's Annual Progress Reports.
- Newsletters - Links to PDF files of the department's newsletter, Line Copy.
- Strategic Plan (PowerPoint, 596K, large file) - Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Strategic Plan for FY 2008 - 2010.
- Volunteer Organizations - Information about the volunteer fire and rescue companies within Fairfax County as well as links to their home pages.
Life Safety 2009 Calendar (pdf) -
Fire and Life Safety education tips in a calendar format.