The Fire Service is primarily responsible for fire suppression and similar services within our response area. General responses also include auto-accidents, hazard mitigation, & EMS calls for service.
Roughly 80% of the emergency call volume in Prince William County is EMS. This service need has caused most departments to adapt traditionally suppression-purposed apparatus like fire engines to support this need. As a result, each suppression unit in the county is licensed by the Virginia Office of EMS as a basic life support (BLS) non-transport unit.
ABOUT THE SERVICE
Training witihin the Fire Service is one of the most fundamental pillars of our operations. Some say that a Firefighter's training is never really over. This is a concept that the DCVFD holds in the highest regard.
Changes in structural design, building materials, suppression tactics, and other industries require constant adaptation within the service.
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT
The DCVFD is comprised of over 100 active Volunteer Firefighters with recruits joining monthly. The department operates four suppression engines (E510, E513, E518, & E520) during volunteer hours serving a first-due population of over 75,000.
The DCVFD is on-duty for about 5,600 hours each year, which is 64% of the entire year! During the remaining 36% (business hours) our staffing is augmented by Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue personnel.
"Service is not doing what's required of us,
service is doing more than what's required of us"