Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Provide the highest quality services to protect the lives, property, and environment of our community.
Agency Overview
Established 1949
Employees 1,300 career, 300 civilian, and 300 volunteer personnel
Staffing Combination career and volunteer organization
Fire chief Richard R. Bowers Jr.
Facilities & Equipment
Stations 38
Engines 38
Trucks 14
Rescues 8
Ambulances 42
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. AS well as a fast response time with other jurisdictions. Ex: "Alarm" Engine 436 Engine 409 Engine 411 Engine 707 Engine 202 Rescue 417 Tanker 712 Medic 409 Channel 4-Delta For a working fire 1111 address court. Caller advises smoke and fire from windows 21:11


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.)

Hazmat truck 440

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.

Fairfax County Has some of the Best Equipment in the Country. They work closely With the following county and city fire and rescue departments: Alexadria City, Arlington County, Loudon County, Prince William County, Montgomery County and Prince Georges County.

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, Wolf Trap 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. Fairfax County uses Pierce for their Engine's And Rescue Units

Employees work rotating shifts. 24on – 24off – 24on - 24off – 24on – 96off.

Fairfax County Fire Stations & Assigned Apparatus[edit]

Station Locality Fire Units EMS Units Battalion Management Specialty Units
Engine Truck Rescue Tanker Medic Unit Ambulance Battalion Chief EMS Supervisor Specialty Units
Station 1-V McLean X X(TL) X X V UT401
Station 2-V Vienna XV X V CAN402, UT402, BR402, Bike Team Trailer
Station 4 Herndon X X
Station 5-V Franconia X,V 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, SAF403
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 19-V Lorton X X X BR419
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 XV X X V,V CAN422, UT422
Station 23 West Annandale X X MAU423
Station 24 Woodlawn X X(TL) X X
Station 25 Reston X X X X
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 32 Fairview X X X
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, SHRU
Station 41 Crosspointe X X X X X BR441, BTI441, UTV441
Station 42 Wolf Trap X X X X UTV442, MCSU442


  • V- Volunteer Unit
  • TL- Tower Ladder
  • UT-Utility
  • 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

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