Fairfax County, Virginia, is served by a combination career and volunteer fire and rescue system.  The 12 independent volunteer fire departments partner with the career personnel of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to provide emergency services.

The system has more than 1,500 career firefighters, EMS providers, and support personnel, who staff the County’s 37 fire stations 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  They are joined by more than 300 operational volunteers from the 12 volunteer departments.  Volunteers receive the same training and provide the same emergency services as career personnel.

The combination career and volunteer fire and rescue system has evolved to meet the changing needs of Fairfax County.  It is regarded as one of the nation’s premier emergency service organizations, consisting of the following components: