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 Mar 22, 2018 at 11:52 AM

Dedicated to Our Community, Our Profession & Each Other

Chief Robert Dube image

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

What's New

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

Kidde is recalling dual sensor smoke alarms, models PI2010 and PI9010. because of the detectors' failure to alert consumers of a fire. A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke detector's ability to detect smoke, and possibly fail to alert the consumer that there may be a fire in the home. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers to remove the detector from their walls or ceilings and visually inspecting it through the opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. For additional information on how to determine whether the smoke alarms in your home may be affected by this recall and to register for a replacement smoke alarm, visit the Kidde website.

Alexandria Fire & EMS Explorer Program

Interested in becoming a first responder? Get involved with the Alexandria Fire Department's TeenageExplorer Program Explorer Program. If you are 14 to 20 years old and interested in learning about becoming a firefighter, paramedic, EMT, physician, nurse or member of the U.S. military, consider joining the Explorer Program.

The group meets three times a month – on the first Saturday and second Tuesday of the month – and is flexible with other extracurricular activities. After meeting certain requirements, participants in this program are eligible to ride along with Alexandria Fire Department trucks, engines, and ambulances to gain firsthand experience as a first responder.

For additional information, visit the Explorer Program website, email, or call 571.969.2214.

Participate in the 2018 Statewide Tornado Drill

The City of Alexandria invites the public to participate in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Residents and businesses are encouraged to be ready for tornadoes and other spring storms by registering to participate in the drill and going over their emergency preparedness plans. For additional information on the Statewide Tornado Drill and preparedness tips, view the City's news release.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!

This year, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. So spring into the season by setting your clock ahead one hour, making sure your smoke alarms are functioning, and changing your smoke alarm battery. See The Alexandria Fire Department's recommended guidelines for testing your smoke alarm and changing the battery.

Northern Virginia Fire Departments Spring 2018 College Fair

The Northern Virginia Fire Departments will host a regional college fair April 9-11, 2018 at Fire Station 403 in Fairfax City. Open sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to noon each day. No registration is necessary, and this event is open to all departments, sections, and jurisdictions. The Spring College Fair will give participants the opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 16 colleges from various parts of the region. For additional information, see the flyer for the 2018 Spring Regional College Fair.

Alexandria Community Fire Academy Accepting Applications

Alexandria Community Fire Academy photoThe 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.

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:

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.

Alexandria Fire Department Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

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.

Firefighter-Medic Program and Dual Role Medic Providers FAQs

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. 

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. 

Vision Statement

Dedicated to our Community, Our Profession and Each Other​

Core Values

Unity - Community - Dedication - Professionalism - Preparedness