Department Specific

How can I find out what programs Stafford County Fire and Rescue offers?
You may call 540-658-7200.
How do I get a copy of a fire incident report?
Call the Fire Marshal's Office at 540-658-8648. You can either pick up the report or have it mailed to you. The cost for this service is $5.
Does the fire department offer Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and/or First-Aid classes to the public?
Yes, the Department holds classes for both individuals and groups. These classes follow the American Heart Association guidelines. The department also assists Scout troops in obtaining merit badges related to fire safety and first aid. Please completed a Public Outreach Request form to request a CPR class. 
What are the educational and physical requirements to be a firefighter?
Firefighting is a physically demanding job. We function in hazardous environments and under great stress during emergency operations. Current minimum educational requirements to become a Stafford County Firefighter are a high school education and certification through the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Firefighters must also maintain physical readiness to complete job functions. In addition, all firefighters must be licensed by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P). Local EMT, EMT-I, and EMT-P classes are taught through Rappahannock EMS Council. REMS can be reached at 540-373-0249.
Does the fire department service fire extinguishers?
The fire department does not service fire extinguishers. There are many fire extinguisher companies in the telephone book that have the proper equipment to service them. Most portable fire extinguishers available at retail facilities are "disposable" after use, and do not require refilling.
Are tours of the firehouses available?
Yes, tours are offered at all stations. To request a visit, please fill out this form. 
Does the fire department install smoke alarms?
Yes, the Fire Department will install smoke alarms to those in need. It is our goal that all homes have working alarms and that the community is diligent in the care and maintenance of them. The department also participates in "Get Alarmed, Virginia!," a grant program that is funded by the Virginia Department of Fire Programs to purchase smoke alarms for citizens in need. To learn more and to set up an appointment for firefighters to visit your residence for a courtesy home fire safety check, please complete this form or call 540-658-7200.
How do I get a permit from the fire department to build my building?
All permits are issued by the County Code Department. The Fire Marshal's Office will do the plan review simultaneously with the Code Department and forward the Fire Marshal's Office comments to them. Once all of the comments have been addressed, the actual permit will be issued by them.

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Where can I find the outdoor burning laws and regulations for Stafford County?

You can find the laws and regulations on our Burn Laws page.

How do I schedule an inspection?

To schedule construction inspections such as for sprinkler, fire alarm or occupancy approvals, visit hello.stafford.va.us or call 540-658-4151.

To schedule an inspection of your existing building, call 540-658-8648.

What is the status of my construction plan review?

The Fire Marshal’s Office assists the Stafford County Building Official by reviewing all fire protection or life safety system design documents submitted for construction permit approval. The status of all construction plan reviews can be found by visiting hello.stafford.va.us and searching using the permit number assigned to the project.If you are unable to find your permit or have questions about the construction permit process and fees, contact the Community Development Services Center at 540-658-8650.

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Do I need a permit and what type might I need?

Many types of facilities, processes, operations or construction activities require permits.  Check out our “Do I Need a Permit ” page for a list of permits, criteria and additional information.

What is the fee schedule for permits, plan review and inspections?

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors has established and frequently updates an approved fee schedule for these services. For more information, review the current adopted Fee Schedule

Where can I view a copy of the Fire Prevention Code?
Links to the current Building and Fire Codes can be found here.
Where can I find the ISO Public Protection Classification for Stafford County?

Stafford County is listed as a 04/4Y jurisdiction by the Insurance Services Organization.  A copy of the latest official PPC designation letter is available here

Classification Rating document (PDF).

Resident Concerns

Can I burn leaves?
Residents may burn leaves and brush. Know the laws before you burn! Burning any trash, construction material or unnatural material is against the law! Don't forget that clearing a lot to build requires a permit. Visit our Burn Laws page.
My house/car caught fire. How can I get a fire report for my insurance carrier?
Call the Fire Marshal's Office at 540-658-8648. You can either pick up the report or have it mailed to you. The cost for this service is $5.
What is my ISO rating?
Learn your rating by reading the ISO PPC Rating Letter (PDF)

Services & Operations

Can I get my blood pressure taken at a fire station?
Yes, blood pressure screening is available at all stations. As a community service, you are welcome to stop by your local station. If you believe that you are experiencing a potentially serious medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
When an emergency vehicle is approaching that is displaying emergency lights and sirens, what should I do?
Please pull safely to the nearest shoulder/curb and stop. This will allow fire apparatus or other emergency vehicles adequate space to safely and quickly continue its response.
Why do so many fire trucks respond to simple incidents?
Stafford County Fire and Rescue units are dispatched according to information received by the 911 Emergency Communications Center. There are predetermined algorithms that dispatchers utilize depending on the information received. As an example; a medical emergency may have a fire engine dispatched along with an ambulance/paramedic unit if the fire engine is closer to the address. This allows trained personnel to arrive quickly and administer care more rapidly.
Why do fire trucks with full lights and sirens go through a red light at intersections and then, after they go through, they turn off their lights and slow down?
Sometimes multiple units are dispatched to the same incident. The first arriving unit on the scene performs an assessment, notifies the dispatcher of the situation and what equipment should continue or be canceled from the incident. This maximizes our use of resources, freeing emergency units to potentially take another call. Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle with red lights and sirens go through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, they have been canceled or "placed in service" from the call to which they were responding.
Why do firefighters cut holes in the roof of a building on fire?
This is called "venting the roof." There are 2 basic reasons for this practice. Dangerous superheated gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building. Unlike the movie versions of fires, it is impossible for firefighters to see in such an environment or for victims to survive. When a hole is made in the roof, and the building is “vented,” the smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise. It increases the victim’s chance for survival and makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see.

It also reduces the possibilities of backdraft (explosion) and flashover. Another reason for venting the roof is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where the fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof and cut holes to access the attic to stop the fire from spreading through the attic.
Why do firefighters break windows in a building that is on fire?
Dangerous superheated gases need to be ventilated to allow firefighters to safely and quickly rescue trapped occupants and extinguish the fire. By venting the window (horizontal ventilation) of a room that is on fire, it actually helps to contain the fire within that room of origin. Otherwise heated gases spread throughout the inside of the house. Breaking the window really prevents a great deal more damage than it appears to cause. Replacing broken glass is much less expensive than repairing structural damage from the fire.
Why do fire trucks respond to motor vehicle crashes?
First, automobile crashes present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials. Second, Stafford County Fire and Rescue personnel are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians or Paramedics. They assist with patient care or in extricating (removing) trapped occupants of the vehicle.
Why do fire trucks respond to emergency medical calls?
Stafford County Fire and Rescue personnel are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Paramedics. The primary mission is to save lives and alleviate suffering. The strategic location of Stafford County's Fire and Rescue stations allow personnel to quickly arrive and begin emergency medical treatments and life saving techniques such as CPR.