Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Operational area
Country United States
State Virginia
County Fairfax
Agency overview[1]
Annual calls91,308 (FY 2014)
Employees1,340 - Uniformed
167 - Civilian
355 - Volunteer
Annual budget$168,324,397 (FY 2013)
Fire chiefJohn S. Butler
Facilities and equipment[1]
Platforms8 Front line 1 Reserve
Official website

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 (Advanced Life Support) capable engines and transport units.

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments[edit]

As part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of 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 19 is E419, and the tower-ladder from station 40 is T440. 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 paramedics participate in an exercise at The Pentagon.

FCFRD consists of 42 fire stations spread out across the county's 407 square miles (1,050 km2), serving a population of 1.15 million residents.[2] With over 1,400 uniformed staff, 300 civilian employees, and 350 operational and administrative volunteers, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is the largest fire department in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[2]

The Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (FCVFRA) partners with the FCFRD to combine 12 volunteer fire and rescue departments in Fairfax County.[3] Volunteers in these 12 departments are full partners with the career staff of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, providing emergency services in and around Fairfax County. These volunteers are trained to the same standards as career personnel and are involved in all aspects of the fire and rescue services from staffing ambulances and fire suppression vehicles to participating in domestic and international urban search and rescue. As independent, nonprofit organizations, the volunteer departments own 8 of the 42 fire stations in Fairfax County and operate out of an additional 7 fire stations. Over 355 volunteer personnel placed units in service on 1,877 occasions, out of a total of 103,946 incidents countywide for FY2018.[4]

USAR Task Force[edit]

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.[5] 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.[5] 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.

Stations and apparatus[edit]

Apparatus are considered career-staffed unless where marked by a 'V'.

Station Locality Fire Units EMS Units Battalion Management Specialty Units
Engine Truck Tanker Rescue Medic Unit Ambulance Battalion Chief EMS Supervisor Safety Officer Specialty Units
Station 1 McLean E TL R(H) X V UT401, Antique 1970 Peter Pirsch Engine
Station 2 Vienna E, V X V CAN402, UT402, BR402, Bike Team Trailer
Station 3 City of Fairfax FE TL X BC443 E803 (V), UT403
Station 4 Herndon E X
Station 5 Franconia E, V TL X V UT405, BR405, VC405
Station 7 Training Academy E,E X Bus 407
Station 8 Annandale E TL X V BC404 CAN408
Station 9 Mount Vernon E X X BC406
Station 10 Bailey's Crossroads E TT X X V
Station 11 Penn Daw E T R(H) X X BR411
Station 12 Great Falls CAFS Engine X X V BTI412, BTI412B, BSU, BR412, UT412
Station 13 Dunn Loring E, V X V SAF403 UT413, REHAB 413, L&A413
Station 14 Burke E, V R(T) X V, V TRS414, UT414, BTI414, BR414, VC414
Station 15 Chantilly E X SAF402 BR415, MCSU415, UTV415,
Station 16 Clifton CAFS Engine X X BR416, BTI416
Station 17 Centreville E, V X V UT417, CAN417, VC417
Station 18 Jefferson E R(T) X EMS404 TR418, TRS418
Station 19 Lorton E, V R(H) X BR419
Station 20 Gunston E X X FB420, FB420B, BR420, BTI420, UTV420
Station 21 Fair Oaks E, V R(T) X V BC403 UT421,TR421, TRS421, BTI421
Station 22 Springfield E, V T X V,V CAN422, UT422, VC422
Station 23 West Annandale E X LA423
Station 24 Woodlawn E TL X EMS406
Station 25 Reston E TT X BC401
Station 26 Edsall Road E R(H) X EMS405 Foam 426
Station 27 West Springfield E X Ambulance Bus 427
Station 28 Seven Corners E X
Station 29 Tysons Corner E TT X BC402
Station 30 Merrifield E TT X DFCO, MCP430
Station 31 Fox Mill E X EMS401 SHRU431
Station 32 Fairview CAFS Engine X BC407
Station 33 City of Fairfax RE X SW433, UT433
Station 34 Oakton E X LAB401, OPS406
Station 35 Pohick E X SAF401 MCSU
Station 36 Frying Pan E TL X LA436
Station 37 Kingstowne E X V BC405 F437, LA437, SHRU437
Station 38 West Centreville E T X V MCP438
Station 39 North Point CAFS Engine X R(T) X Tunnel Collapse 439, BTI439, BR439
Station 40 Fairfax Center E TL X EMS403 HAZMAT 440, HMS440, SHRU
Station 41 Crosspointe CAFS Engine TL X X EMS407 BR441, BTI441, UTV441
Station 42 Wolftrap CAFS Engine X X EMS402 UTV442, MCSU442, UT442


  • BC - Battalion Chief
  • FE - Foam Engine
  • RE - Rescue Engine
  • R(H) - Hazmat Rescue
  • R(T) - Technical Rescue
  • V - Volunteer Unit
  • T - Truck
  • TL - Tower Ladder
  • TT - Tiller Truck
  • UT - Utility
  • CAN - Canteen Unit
  • CAFS- Compressed Air Foam System
  • BR - Brush Unit
  • VC - Volunteer Chief (Operational Volunteer Command Officer)
  • BTI - Inflatable Boat/Zodiac
  • BSU - Boat Support Unit
  • FB - Fire Boat
  • 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


Hazmat truck 440


  1. ^ a b "Annual Summary (FY 2014)" (PDF). Fairfax County. Fairfax County airfax County Fire & Rescue Department. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "General Information". Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  3. ^ "About Us". Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  4. ^ https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/sites/fire-ems/files/assets/documents/pdf/oi/2017anlrpt.pdf
  5. ^ a b "About VA-TF1". Retrieved 21 January 2015.

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