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Last Updated: 2009-08-20

Quint Concept

Richmond's Department of Fire and Emergency Services won the 1999 Fire Service Excellence Award and the 1998 Public Service Excellence Award from the Public Employees Roundtable for its Total Quint Concept, which dramatically increased performance while reducing costs. The Quint Concept integrates state-of-the-art firefighting equipment with extensive personnel training, creative resource deployment, and fiscal management. The Department of Fire & Emergency Services also garnered a Life Safety Improvement Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

The Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is the only fire department in the United States that operates under the Total Quint Concept.

What is a Quint?

A Quint is a state-of-the-art firefighting apparatus that has the ability to:

  • Deploy a 75 to 105 Foot Aerial Ladder
  • Pump water
  • Carry hoses
  • Carry a booster tank
  • Carry ground ladders

The Total Quint Concept plan enables the department to have a substantial reduction in personnel, yet keep all 20 fire stations operating, with resources and apparatus that personnel can utilize more effectively and efficiently.

The plan ensured that the department will have the resources to respond to any fire emergency or disaster that may occur in the city. The proposal included:

  • Replacing the department's aging fire suppression fleet with state-of-the-art Quint vehicles
  • Adding three heavy rescue vehicles that specialize in water rescue, hazardous materials response, and search and rescue operations
  • Adding nine rapid-response vehicles for the first-responder/EMS calls and small fires
  • Reducing the department by 50 positions through attrition
  • Maintaining a reserve fleet of six engines and three aerial ladder trucks
  • Selling older vehicles for approximately $900,000.

It is estimated that the "Total Quint Concept" saved the city approximately $13 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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