Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
|Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department|
|Provide the highest quality services to protect the lives, property, and environment of our community.|
|Employees||1,300 career, 300 civilian, and 300 volunteer personnel|
|Staffing||Combination career and volunteer organization|
|Fire chief||Richard R. Bowers Jr.|
|Facilities & Equipment|
|EMS Level||ALS and BLS|
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is a combination career and volunteer organization that provides fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials, water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention and arson investigation services to Fairfax County, Virginia. Emergency medical services include advanced life support response by ALS capable engines and transport units.
As part of the Council of Metropolitan Governments, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is labeled number 4 in the 800 MHz trunked radio system. All FCFR units begin with 4 followed by the station number. For example, the engine from station 4 is Engine 404, and the tower-ladder from station 36 is Tower 436. During an emergency that would require a response from multiple agencies, dispatchers are quickly able to identify what county a particular piece of apparatus came from.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department consists of 38 fire stations, numbered 401 through 442 with the Fairfax City Fire Department operating stations 403 and 433. The stations cover an area of 399 square miles (1,030 km2), serving a population of 1.15 million residents. With over 1,300 uniformed staff, 300 civilian employees, and 300 operational volunteers, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is the largest fire department in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
FCFRD is one of the most highly funded departments (per capita) in the nation, and is able to supply its employees with some of the most advanced technology available. As of January 1-2007, the department had an operating budget of nearly $175 million (roughly $175 per person, compared with FDNY’s budget of $125 per person.)
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue also sponsors one of the nation’s Urban Search and Rescue response teams. Named 'Virginia Task Force 1,' the team is composed of approximately 200 specially trained career and volunteer fire and rescue personnel, with expertise in the rescue of victims from collapsed structures, following a natural or man-made catastrophic event. The team is composed of emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics and includes specialists in the fields of structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications, canine operations, and technical search. Virginia Task Force 1 has partnerships with the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency for domestic response and the United States Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance during international missions. As a part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, the task force maintains constant operational readiness as a local resource for residents of Fairfax County and surrounding jurisdictions.
There are 12 active volunteer fire and rescue companies in Fairfax County. Volunteers are active operationally as well as administratively - with nearly 300 volunteer personnel available to provide supplemental staffing for fire and rescue services. While some volunteer stations own and maintain their station, as well as the equipment and apparatus, Fairfax County provides 24-hour staffing with paid firefighters and paramedics on three shifts in all stations.
The department is an All-Hazards department with specialties in Hazmat, Technical Rescue, and Swift Water Rescue. The county ranges from rural areas without water supply, to urban skyscrapers, and suburban single family homes and townhouses.
Volunteers also provide resources for large community events like Celebrate Fairfax and Fire Prevention Week annually.
Fire hydrants are quite common in Fairfax and thus the county only has 5 tanker trucks stationed in the few remaining rural parts of the county: Great Falls, North Point, Clifton, Crosspointe, and the area around U.S. Route 1 near Gunston.
In 2010 Fairfax County Fire & Rescue responded to 91,838 calls, 70% of which were EMS related, the rest were fire calls. In 2009 Fairfax County Fire & Rescue redesigned their EMS system to staff an ALS medic unit in every station. There are plans to replace Fairfax's old engines with new state of the art ones.
Employees work rotating shifts. 24on – 24off – 24on - 240ff – 24on – 96off.
Fairfax County Fire Stations & Assigned Apparatus
|Station||Locality||Fire Units||EMS Units||Battalion Management||Specialty Units|
|Engine||Truck||Rescue Squad||Tanker||Medic Unit||Ambulance||Battalion Chief||EMS Supervisor||Specialty Units|
|Station 2-V||Vienna||XV||X||V||CAN402, UT402, BR402, Bike Team Trailer|
|Station 5-V||Franconia||XV||X(TL)||X||V||UT405, BR405, VC405|
|Station 8-V||Annandale||X||X(TL)||X X||V||X||CAN408|
|Station 9||Mount Vernon||X||X X||X|
|Station 10-V||Bailey's Crossroads||X||X||X X||V|
|Station 11||Penn Daw||X||X||X||X X||BR411|
|Station 12-V||Great Falls||X||X||X||V||BTI412, BTI412B, BSU, BR412|
|Station 13-V||Dunn Loring||XV||X||V||UT413, REHAB 413|
|Station 14-V||Burke||XV||X||X||V, V||TRS414, UT414, BTI414, BR414, VC414|
|Station 15||Chantilly||X||X||BR415, MCSU415, UTV415, SAF402|
|Station 16||Clifton||X||X||X||BR416, BTI416|
|Station 17-V||Centreville||XV||X||V||UT417, CAN417, VC417|
|Station 18||Jefferson||X||X||X||X||TR418, TRS418|
|Station 20||Gunston||X||X||X||FB420, FB420B, BR420, BTI420, UTV420|
|Station 21-V||Fair Oaks||XV||X||X||V,V||X||UT421, TRS421, BTI421|
|Station 22-V||Springfield Fire Station||XV||X||X||V,V||CAN422, UT422|
|Station 23||West Annandale||X||X||MAU423|
|Station 26||Edsall Road||X||X||X||X||Foam 426|
|Station 27||West Springfield||X||X||Ambulance Bus 427|
|Station 28||Seven Corners||X||X|
|Station 29||Tysons Corner||X||X||X||X|
|Station 30||Merrifield||X||X(TL)||X||DFCO, MCP430|
|Station 31||Fox Mill||X||X||X||SHRU431|
|Station 34||Oakton||X||X||LAB401, OPS406|
|Station 35||Pohick||X||X||SAF401, MCSU|
|Station 36||Frying Pan||X||X(TL)||X||L&A436|
|Station 37||Kingstowne||X||X||V||X||Foam 437, L&A437, SHRU437|
|Station 38||West Centreville||X||X||X||V||MCP438|
|Station 39||North Point||X||X||X||X||Tunnel Collapse 439|
|Station 40||Fairfax Center||X||X(TL)||X||X||HAZMAT 440, HMS440,|
|Station 41||Crosspointe||X||X||X||X||X||BR441, BTI441, UTV441|
|Station 42||Wolf Trap||X||X||X||UTV442, MCSU442|
- V- Volunteer Unit
- TL- Tower Ladder
- CAN-Canteen Unit
- BR-Brush Unit
- VC-Volunteer Chief (Operational Volunteer Command Officer)
- BTI-Inflatable Boat/Zodiac
- BSU-Boat Support Unit
- FB-Fire Boat
- MAU- Mobile Air Unit
- L&A- Light and Air Unit
- REHAB- Rehabilitation Unit
- UTV- Gator Unit
- TR- Technical Rescue Unit
- TRS- Technical Rescue Support Unit
- MCSU- Medical Care/Mass Casualty Support Unit
- SAF- Safety Officer
- OPS406- Operations 406 (Daily Staffing Officer)
- HAZMAT- Hazardous Materials Unit
- HMS- Hazardous Materials Support Unit
- SHRU- Special Hazards Response Unit
- LAB401- Fire Marshals Lab Unit
- MCP- Mobile Command Post
- DFCO- Deputy Fire Chief of Operations
- Fairfax County Fire and Rescue homepage
- FCFRD Station list
- Department Patches
- Fairfax County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association
- Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics - IAFF Local 2068