The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s Apparatus Section is responsible for apparatus research, acquisition, repair, maintenance, and overall administrative oversight of the agency’s over 470 vehicles.
The section is supervised by a Captain II, is assisted by a Lieutenant, Administrative Assistant III, and a Vehicle Coordinator all assigned to headquarters. Additionally there are two maintenance facilities; each is staffed by a facility supervisor, five apparatus mechanics, a parts specialist, and a reserve apparatus coordinator.
The West Ox Facility covers over 19,000 square feet. Constructed in 2004, it has four repair bays, eight storage bays, several heavy duty vehicles lifts, an automotive parts storage area, and also serves as a reserve apparatus hub.
The Newington Facility also 19,000 square feet ,and it is configured similarly to West Ox with the addition of a pump test facility.
The majority of the section’s work involves research and development of specifications for all new emergency vehicles, coordinating and tracking all repairs and maintenance including both routine and emergency.
The section also coordinates and facilitates apparatus repairs for the 13 volunteer fire companies, repairs all breathing air compressors, and coordinates all vehicle accident claims. The apparatus assigned to the section includes:
- 70 Emergency Medical Services units (48 front line)
- 66 Engines (39 front line)
- 12 Heavy Rescue Squads (8 front line)
- 11 Aerial ladders (7 front line)
- 8 Towers (7 front line)
- 4 Light and Air Units
- 3 Hazardous Materials Units
- 2 Foam Units
- 12 Boats
- 11 Box Trucks
- 23 Trailers
- 70 Sport Utility Vehicles
- 72 Sedans
- 27 Pick-Up Trucks
- 21 Vans