Fire Department

The Alexandria Fire Department holds a special place in the history of The City of Alexandria. Founded in 1774, it counts George Washington among its early members. The first paid professional firefighters were hired in 1855.

Page updated on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:24 PM

The Alexandria Fire Department

Apparatus PhotoToday, 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.

Our Mission

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​


Unity - Community - Dedication - Professionalism - Preparedness


National Preparedness Month (NPM) reminds us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. Consider participating in some of the City's training sessions throughout September to learn about emergency preparedness,  hands-only CPR, and what to do "Until Help Arrives." 


Registration for fall 2019 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is now open. The program is open to anyone 18 and older who lives, works, or owns a business in the City of Alexandria. Join with other concerned members of the Alexandria community to learn how to increase your neighborhood's disaster readiness and support the first responders who serve your neighborhood. Registration is own through Wednesday, October 2. 


This project funds the demolition and replacement of Fire Station 203, located in the Beverly Hills area of the City of Alexandria. The new fire station will be a 15,000 square feet, two-story structure with two and a half operational bays to house an engine, a medic, administrative units, and all required personnel; as well as having the capacity for special service units.


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.


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.


Alexandria Fire & EMS Explorer Program Interested in becoming a first responder? Get involved with the Alexandria Fire Department's Teenage Explorer Program. If you are 14 to 20 years old and interested in learning about becoming a firefighter,

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.