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City of Fairfax FirefightersThe City of Fairfax Fire Department is a combined career/volunteer organization that provides fire suppression and emergency medical services (EMS) to the over 22,000 residents of the City of Fairfax as well as first due to a 14 square mile area of Fairfax County. The Fairfax City Fire Department is part of the Northern Virginia regional response system, which includes the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County and Loudoun County, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Fort Belvoir and Fort Meyer. 

The City of Fairfax Fire Department is a fast paced fire and EMS system that operates out of two stations. Fire Station 3 includes an advanced life support (ALS) transport unit; Foam Engine; Truck (ladder) Company; and the duty Battalion Chief. The second station, Fire Station 33, houses a specialized Rescue Engine Company, which has both heavy rescue and firefighting capability, and an ALS transport unit. Suppression units also have ALS capability. In 2015, the department responded to 6,593 fire and EMS incidents that resulted in 9,977 unit responses to handle the incidents.  The department averages 27 unit responses per day.

The department has an operational field strength of 74 career members on three shifts and work 24 hour shifts over a 56 hour work week. Each suppression unit is staffed with 4 firefighters. These suppression units also have ALS intervention capabilities for first responder purposes. The EMS transport units are staffed with 2 fire medics.

The City of Fairfax Fire Department also has a modern 5 story propane burn building, a two story classroom facility with a high bay garage, and a full-scale single family RIT (Rapid Intervention) house. This training facility is a one of a kind asset that will benefit not only the members of the department but members across the region as well.

The city comprises a 6.3 square mile area that includes a downtown historical area, commercial and light industry, residential, high rise, strip shopping centers and interstate highways. Some of our key complexes include a large petroleum tank farm, George Mason University, the Fairfax County Judicial Center complex, and an adjoining interstate highway.

The department is organized into three divisions – Administration, Fire and EMS Operations and Code Administration. The administration division provides overall policy and administrative oversight and support for the department. The operations division oversees day-to-day delivery of fire and EMS service; training and professional development; and emergency medical service programs. The code administration division includes building code administration & plans review, inspections and investigations, life safety education and emergency management.

The Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) is an integral part of the city’s fire and EMS operations, providing state-of-the-art apparatus and facilities, and operational staffing at all levels of suppression and EMS operations.

For further details, visit Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.