Fire and Rescue Services


Building a better and safer community by:

- Responding quickly to all-hazards, protecting lives, preserving the environment, and preventing property damage.
- Ensuring our responders are trained, educated, and prepared.
- Promoting and maintaining safe working and living environments through building and fire protection systems review, fire investigations, and fire prevention code enforcement.
- Strengthening community resiliency through proactive emergency management.

Who Are We?

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department has served as one of the lead agencies in the local government’s response to the Novel Coronavirus Global Pandemic. While this demand was unanticipated, the team of personnel comprising the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department rose to the challenge. The department’s front-line fire suppression and emergency medical services personnel ensured medical care to those in need, utilizing the most modern techniques available. The department’s Office of Emergency Management ensured continuity of operations, critical resource management, and strategic planning through the Emergency Operations Center. The department’s Emergency Medical Services Division ensured the health and welfare of the county’s personnel was one of the highest priorities. Finally, the department’s Office of the Fire Marshal ensured clean and safe working areas for all county personnel.

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Service
  • Technical Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Public Information and Education
  • Community Risk Reduction

Office of the Fire Marshal:

  • Building and Fire Protection Systems Review
  • Fire Prevention Code Enforcement
  • Fire, Explosion, and Environmental Crime Investigations

Office of Emergency Management:

  • Stafford County Emergency Operations Center
  • Community Emergency Response Team

Budget Summary

Funded Positions

Notable Changes


  • (3) Field Supervisors - Battalion Chief (Mid Year)
  • North and South Ambulance Staffing
    • (6) Transport Unit Staffing - Firefighter/EMT
    • (6) Transport Unit Staffing - Technician
  • Pay Scale Adjustment
  • Step Increase based on Public Safety Step Plan
  • 2.13% increase in Virginia Retirement System Rate
  • .03% decrease in the Virginia Retiree Health Insurance Credit Rate
  • Fire Chief raise
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime increased


  • Increase in software and maintenance contracts
  • Increase for cyclical replacement:
    • Tech rescue equipment
    • Water rescue
    • High threat - ballistic vests
    • Tactical equipment
  • Additional funding for training
  • Additional funding for Fire programs Grant
  • New Initatives:
    • Addition of cancer screening for career personnel


Office of the County Fire Chief

  • Ensure a constant state of department readiness. (Service levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7)
  • Maintain organizational accountability and productivity throughout the department’s commands. (Service levels 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7)
  • Establish departmental strategic planning and provide organizational direction. (Service levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7)
  • Plan and prepare to respond to natural and man-made disasters through proactive emergency management. (Service level 1)
  • Cultivate community-centered risk reduction efforts, working alongside local and regional stakeholders, increasing the quality of life of Stafford County’s residents and visitors. (Service level 6)
  • Work closely with individual volunteer fire and rescue companies as well as the Fire and Rescue Association to ensure recruitment and retention, training, and station needs of our volunteers are met. (Service levels 4, 5, and 7)

Administrative Services Command

  • Establish an operating budget that is comprehensive and well-planned, ensuring departmental compliance. (Service level 1)
  • Provide logistical support for fire and emergency medical services personnel. (Service level 7)
  • Plan, design, and construct facilities while assessing existing buildings, ensuring maintenance and repairs are effective and mission-driven. (Service levels 1, 3, 4, and 7)
  • Create an environment that mitigates risk and increases the safety and well-being of fire and emergency medical services personnel. (Service levels 1, 2, 3, and 4)
  • Recruit and hire the most eligible candidates for employment while ensuring incumbent employees are compliant with policies, procedures, and professional standards. (Service levels 3, 4, and 5)

Operations Command

  • Ensure a constant operational readiness with personnel available for emergency response 24/7/365. (Service levels 1 and 2)
  • Ensure modern life-saving methodologies are incorporated into standard operating procedures and emergency medical services protocols. (Service level 1)
  • Provide appropriate and valuable training for all personnel, volunteer and career. (Service level 5)

Support Services Command

  • Design and implement community risk reduction strategies, targeting vulnerable populations and increasing community resiliency. (Service levels 2 and 6)
  • Conduct fire, environmental, and criminal investigations. (Service level 6)
  • Maintain a fleet of fire and emergency medical services apparatus to respond to emergency incidents. (Service levels 1 and 7)
  • Ensure modern technologies are incorporated and appropriately leveraged within the department’s operations. (Service level 1)
Service Levels for Fire and Rescue