Department Overview

One Mission, One Department, Many Partners


The Fire and Rescue Department, established September 20, 2005, is an all-hazards response agency.
The combination career-volunteer department provides emergency response and mitigation to all fire, rescue, emergency medical and environmental hazard (Haz-Mat) incidents. In addition, the department is the lead agency for emergency management and oversees, building plan review and fire code enforcement, fire and environmental crime investigation, and public fire and life safety education and preparedness.
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The Department is headquartered at the Public Safety Center in Stafford, VA, and serves the county with an integrated workforce of 350 career and volunteer personnel operating from 13 fire and rescue stations in partnership with 14 volunteer rescue or fire/rescue companies. The County is divided into 2 Battalions operating 18 Engines, 4 Ladders, 3 Heavy Rescues, 20 ambulances, 3 fire-rescue boats and various other support equipment and answers 13,000 calls yearly. Daily career staffing includes one Operations Deputy Chief, one Battalion Chief, four fire suppression apparatus, and six ALS transport units. Daily volunteer staffing typically includes two engine companies. Qualified volunteer chief officers routinely respond and command incidents in cooperation with county command officers.

The diversity of Stafford County and its location in the Washington, DC metro area present many challenges to the fire and rescue system. Over 32 languages are spoken, and the county continues to be one of the fastest growing in Virginia. The Base Realignment And Closure Commission Recommendation 131 brought the Military Department Investigative Agencies to MCB Quantico in 2011 along with an additional 2700 jobs. Stafford County ranks as the 7th wealthiest county in the country according to the U.S. Census (2010).

In addition to the customary hazards associated with robust residential and commercial development, Stafford County is traversed by one of the nation’s most traveled interstate highways (I-95). The jurisdiction is served by rail including AMTRAK and Virginia Railway Express commuter service, which operates two commuter stations in the county. The Potomac and Rappahannock rivers and their tributaries, as part of the environmentally-protected Chesapeake Bay watershed, present our Marine Fire-Rescue Unit with challenges ranging from swift water to watercraft firefighting and hazardous materials containment.

Other special hazards include Stafford Regional Airport, two correctional facility and major petroleum and natural gas pipelines. Stafford County is home to numerous major historical properties related to our Nation’s founding and the Civil War including George Washington's boyhood home, presenting unique challenges to fire protection and prevention efforts. Stafford County is also home to Marine Corps Base Quantico, the FBI Academy, the FBI National Laboratory and DEA Academy.