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Last Updated: 2010-01-12

History of the Department

Today, between sworn and non-sworn staff we are 433 strong. We are divided into four Battalions with six companies assigned in each. Administration; Safety and Response Operations; Office of Emergency Management; and Support Services (to include Prevention, Investigations, Training; Budget; and Logistics) make up our four internal divisions located at Fire Headquarters.

Our Firefighters operate out of 20 Fire Stations located within 62.5 square miles and nine Districts. The Department provides fire and life safety response to approximately 220,000 residents and over 400,000 workers and visitors each day. We are equipped with 19 Engine Companies; 4-5 Truck Companies; 3 Tankers; 2 Brush Trucks; HazMat Response Vehicle; Technical and Water Rescue vehicles; and numerous staff vehicles. The Department responds to over 30,000 calls for service each year and has an operating budget of $47 million.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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