The Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department is
made up on men and women from Great Falls and other areas of Northern Virginia
who donate time to service as firefighters, paramedics, EMT's or administrative
members. Our mission is the preservation of life and property from fire or
as needed in other emergencies, in the community, in Fairfax County, or where
We work in partnership with the career staff
of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department who staff our station 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Great Falls Volunteer Fire
Department owns three of the emergency vehicles that
are housed at the station. Our volunteers work hand in hand with career
staff to provide supplemental staffing on the engine, tanker and medic units
that operate from station 12.
firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians also pool resources
with members of the other Fairfax County Volunteer Fire Departments, to place
units in service all over the county in times of need. There are over 300
operationally qualified volunteers in the county. We are frequently asked
by the Fairfax Fire and Rescue Department to provide additional fire engines or
ambulances when there is a major incident or when career staff is in training.
members of the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department are trained to the same
high standards that the career staff receive. Our firefighters, medics and
EMT's hold state and national accreditations. Training is provided through
the county's Fire and Rescue Academy in Fair Oaks, Virginia.
Administrative members provide expertise in area such as accounting, fundraising
and community events.
Volunteer Fire Department volunteers are active in our community. We
provide resources to Great Falls events such as the Fourth of July, Christmas
Tree Lighting, Easter Egg Hunt, Great Falls Day and Halloween. We also contribute
time and resources to other events in Fairfax County such as the Fairfax Fair,
Herndon Festival, Wolf Trap events and numerous sports tournaments and races.
The mission of the Great Falls
Volunteer Fire Department (GFVFD) is to aid in the preservation of life and
property. This mission is completed in cooperation with Fairfax County Fire and
Rescue Department. Throughout the year, our volunteers participate and
contribute to a myriad of functions related to the public safety of the citizens
of the Great Falls community.
Hours and Emergency Responses
The number of hours contributed by
the Great Falls Volunteer Fire
Department membership totaled over
10,000 hours during 2012.
Participation is in three major
categories, Apparatus Staffing,
Training and Administration.
Members of the Great Falls Volunteer
Fire Department either staff
volunteer units or they supplement
the career staff. During those
hours, personnel participated in
In preparation for fire department
activities, members participate in
many hours of fire and emergency
medical services training.
This training varies from formal
certification to in-station drills
to the multi-company training
In addition to the actual emergency
operations and service delivery
aspects of the Great Falls Volunteer
Fire Department, members spent many
hours completing the necessary
administrative functions to deliver
fire prevention information, raise
revenue, maintain facilities and
perform other basic business tasks.