About the Fairfax
County Fire and Rescue DepartmentAccording
to their website, “The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department trains firefighters to provide a full complement of
fire suppression, technical rescue, swift water rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical services, including basic
and advanced life support and emergency medical transportation–it is a career and volunteer all hazards department.
Since its humble beginning in July 1949, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has evolved from ten skilled “drivers”
to a complex agency responsible for meeting the emergency needs of over one million residents. Today, nearly 1,400 uniformed
men and women operate from 37 fire and rescue stations strategically positioned throughout Fairfax County. Additionally, about
180 civilians provide key support functions from headquarters and other locations.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department operates on three separate 24-hour rotation shifts. Each shift is led by a Deputy
Fire Chief. The county is separated geographically into seven battalions, each managed by a battalion management team of a
Battalion Fire Chief and EMS Captain. Fire suppression personnel and paramedics work in tandem to ensure the highest level
of safety and care possible for the residents of Fairfax County.”