The Administration Section provides management, logistical, technical, and professional support to the fire department. The Administration Section oversees fiscal management, human resources, information technology support, and fleet and facilities maintenance for sworn and civilian personnel. The Administration Section also oversees the Fire Department's Information Technology Unit. Fire I.T. supports radio, telephone, and mobile communications in addition to geographic information services. The Administration Section is commanded by Acting Assistant Chief Michael Cross.
The Alexandria Fire Department's budget is referred to as the City's general fund operating budget. The fiscal year starts on July 1 and ends on June 20 of the following year. The general fund is the portion of the budget that is funded by City of Alexandria tax dollars. The operating budget refers to the day-to-day operations of the department consisting of salaries, supplies, equipment and does not include the capital budget, which deals with the replacement of fire stations and other fixed facilities. Local City of Alexandria tax dollars provide 97% of the department's overall operating budget.
The Alexandria Fire Department has an overall general fund operating budget of $52.6M. Of this, $46M is related to personnel costs (salaries, benefits, overtime) while $6.5M is non-personnel related (supplies, hose, ladders, personal protective gear, uniforms, maintenance of stations and vehicles, etc.)