Virginia Fire Department

Find Virginia fire departments, city fire stations, firefighters, brigades, chiefs, inspectors, marshals, and local volunteers. Fire departments provide information on fire risk assessment, permits, fire alarms, and safety guidance.

Fire Departments by County

Accomack County Albemarle County Alexandria city Alleghany County Amelia County Amherst County Appomattox County Arlington County Augusta County Bath County Bedford County Bland County Botetourt County Bristol city Brunswick County Buchanan County Buckingham County Buena Vista city Campbell County Caroline County Carroll County Charles City County Charlotte County Charlottesville city Chesapeake city Chesterfield County Clarke County Colonial Heights city Covington city Craig County Culpeper County Cumberland County Danville city Dickenson County Dinwiddie County Essex County Fairfax County Fairfax city Fauquier County Floyd County Fluvanna County Franklin County Franklin city Frederick County Fredericksburg city Galax city Giles County Gloucester County Goochland County Grayson County Greene County Halifax County Hampton city Hanover County Harrisonburg city Henrico County Henry County Highland County Hopewell city Isle of Wight County King George County King William County King and Queen County Lancaster County Lee County Lexington city Loudoun County Louisa County Lunenburg County Lynchburg city Madison County Manassas Park city Manassas city Martinsville city Mathews County Mecklenburg County Middlesex County Montgomery County Nelson County New Kent County Newport News city Norfolk city Northampton County Northumberland County Norton city Nottoway County Orange County Page County Patrick County Petersburg city Pittsylvania County Poquoson city Portsmouth city Powhatan County Prince Edward County Prince George County Prince William County Pulaski County Radford city Rappahannock County Richmond County Richmond city Roanoke County Roanoke city Rockbridge County Rockingham County Russell County Salem city Scott County Shenandoah County Smyth County Southampton County Spotsylvania County Stafford County Staunton city Suffolk city Surry County Sussex County Tazewell County Virginia Beach city Warren County Washington County Waynesboro city Westmoreland County Williamsburg city Winchester city Wise County Wythe County York County

What does a Fire Department do?

A fire department is responsible for firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency medical services. In addition to putting out fires, members of the fire department provide rescue services and disaster recovery assistance. Most of these departments are operated by city and county governments. Some departments, mostly in small rural communities, are staffed entirely by volunteers, although, paid, professional firemen staff the typical firefighting organization.

Some departments specialize in fighting wildfires, and others are trained to respond to industrial and hazardous materials fires. Firefighters are known for their quick response and 24-hour availability, and for their professionalism. They also perform fire-safety inspections including checking smoke detectors, and may supply fire extinguishers to people who need them.

Commonly asked questions about Fire Departments

What is the difference between a fire commissioner and a fire chief?

A fire commissioner is the head officer at the state level, responsible for supervision of all subsidiary stations, as well as oversight of safety regulations and fire codes. A fire chief is often the acting head of a municipal or volunteer firefighting department.

What is the process to become a firefighter?

Fire departments have varying requirements. Prospective firefighters must pass both psychological and physical exams. Candidates must pass background checks and drug tests.

I have a concern that may involve the Fire Department. Should I call 9-1-1?

If you ever see or smell smoke, it's safest to call 9-1-1 immediately. Still, if you have a different concern, perhaps a question about fire safety or building inspection, you should call the department's non-emergency phone number during normal business hours.