Dedicated to Our Community, Our Profession & Each Other
Today, the Alexandria Fire Department employs more than 250 professional personnel, which include firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff and administrative support. A network of 10 stations protects nearly 16 square miles. Among the department's specialized teams are the Northern Virginia Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue, Marine Operations and the Special Operations Team.
Alexandria also has a volunteer organization, the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD). The AVFD has served the citizens of our fine City for more than two hundred years. AVFD members provide assistance in the areas of firefighting, emergency medical services, communications, canteen and administration.
Chief Robert C. Dubé
Alexandria Community Fire Academy Accepting Applications
The purpose of the Alexandria Community Fire Academy is to educate the Alexandria community about fire safety and emergency medical response, while learning about the history, administration, operations and apparatus of an urban public safety agency. The goal of the Academy is to build partnerships within the community by helping participants understand how the fire department works, and to encourage volunteering within the community.
Participants will also have an opportunity, through hands-on training, to experience a "day in the life" as a firefighter/paramedic. They will learn skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to stretch a hose line, ladder operations, and how an engine and truck operate, along with special operations skills.
Classes begin March 6, 2018, and will be held every Tuesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the exception of the last two classes on Saturday, May
5 and Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Most classes will be held at the Station 210 Training Center, 5255 Eisenhower Ave., and other locations in the City. The application process for spring 2018 is now closed. Additional information about the fall 2018 session will be posted at a later date. Visit the Alexandria Community Fire Academy page for more information.
Space Heater Safety
When Old Man Winter comes knocking on your door, it's time to turn up the heat. With that said, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds us that space heaters account for 1/3 of all home fires and 4 out of 5 home heating fire deaths, so paying close attention to safety is a must. Please click on the link for more information regarding Space Heater Safety.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers
Please be advised there has been a major recall of numerous models of Kidde Fire Extinguishers. Please refer to the link below which explains the recall in further detail.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers:
Get Fired Up for the Cause: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The Alexandria Commission for Women and the Alexandria Fire Department want you to get fired up for the cause! Throughout October, you can support the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund by purchasing a Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt from the Alexandria Fire Department and the Alexandria Commission for Women. Shirt sizes range from Adult S-XXX; short-sleeve shirts sell for $15 and long-sleeve shirts are $20. The t-shirts can be purchased at the Old Town Farmers' Market in Market Square (301 King St.) each Saturday in October, from 8 a.m. until noon.
All proceeds will go to the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Memorial Fund (formerly the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer Fund), which has helped thousands of uninsured and underinsured Alexandria women receive free mammograms and other diagnostic screenings since its inception in 1994.
CPR Saves Lives
Earlier this year, the Alexandria Fire Department and Metro honored citizens and first responders who used CPR and an AED to save the life of a cardiac arrest victim at the Braddock Road Metro Station. This incident showed how immediate action – CPR, followed by advanced cardiac care and transportation to a medical facility – can help save a life. The incident also revealed the importance of community education and training in CPR, a technique that helps preserve blood flow to the brain and heart, and can help "buy time" until more advanced care arrives.
Learn how you can help save a life. For information on local CPR training, visit:
- American Heart Association: CPR and First Aid: Find a Course
- American Red Cross: CPR, First Aid and AED Certification
Celebrating EMS Providers
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. During EMS Week (May 21-27), the Alexandria Fire Department presented brief videos, featuring Alexandria's EMS providers explaining their roles and the special skills they possess to help make the Alexandria Fire Department's EMS system one of the best in the region.
EMS Week 2017 Videos:
- Response to STEMI (Heart Attack) and Stroke
Alexandria Fire Department EMS Battalion Chief Brian Hricik discusses the coordination between EMS personnel and the hospital in caring for heart attack and stroke victims.
- Special Events Team
Alexandria Fire Department EMS Captain Brian Meckes talks about his role as the Coordinator for the EMS Special Events Team, the history of the Team, and its duties.
- Dr. Marfori, the Operational Medical Director
Dr. Benjamin Marfori explains his role and responsibilities as the Operational Medical Director (OMD). Dr. Marfori will also discuss how his position plays a huge part in Fire, Police, and Department of Emergency Communications' daily operations.
- Emergency Medical Services Simulation Lab
Alexandria Fire Department Paramedic Leddyanne Dell discusses the Professional Development Center East training SimLAB, and its uses and capabilities.
The year 2016 marked the 150th anniversary of the Alexandria Fire Department. From water buckets and horse drawn steamer engines to state-of-the art fire stations, equipment, apparatus, and technology, the Fire Department has enjoyed a storied history.
In 2014, the Alexandria Fire Department began transitioning from a single-role staffing model to a dual-role or "all-hazards" model. The primary purposes of this transition are to provide a higher level of service to our community by ensuring that at least one member of every fire or ambulance crew will be certified to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) care, and that all fire engines and trucks will have a crew of four instead of three. Learn more by reading frequently asked questions, an infographic, and updates.
Alexandria Fire Stations
In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call 703.746.4444
The following is a listing of the 10 stations of the Alexandria Fire Department.
- Fire Station 201- Old Town ( 317 Prince Street 22314)
- Fire Station 202- Del Ray ( 213 East Windsor Avenue 22301)
- Fire Station 203- Beverly Hills ( 2801 Cameron Mills Road 22302)
- Fire Station 204- Powhatan Park ( Headquarters, 900 Second Street 22314)
- Fire Station 205- Rosemont ( 1210 Cameron Street 22314)
- Fire Station 206- Seminary Valley ( 4609 Seminary Road 22304)
- Fire Station 207- Cameron Valley ( 3301 Duke Street 22314)
- Fire Station 208- Landmark ( 175 North Paxton Street 22304)
- Fire Station 209- Potomac Yards ( 2800 Main Line Blvd 22305)
- Fire Station 210- Eisenhower Valley ( 5255 Eisenhower Avenue 22304)
The mission of the Alexandria Fire Department is to plan for and deliver responsive and caring emergency service, mitigate emergencies and disasters, prevent the loss of life, protect property and enforce applicable construction, fire, and building maintenance codes for the City residents and the general public in order to maintain and enhance public safety.
Dedicated to our Community, Our Profession and Each Other
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