The Virginia Department of Fire Programs is one of eleven agencies within the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. The Agency is organized into three branches with seven division offices throughout the Commonwealth.
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs serves the citizens of the Commonwealth by enhancing public safety through supplemental funding to local governments, education and training to first responders, fire prevention and life safety education through community risk reduction, and statewide fire code enforcement.
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will strive to be the internationally recognized and trusted leader in providing fire and emergency services support to communities throughout Virginia.
The Agency’s Code of Ethics and Core Values
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs provides:
- Funding – The agency provides financial assistance to Virginia’s fire services through the distribution of the Aid-to-Localities (ATL) grant program as well as through various other grant programs (i.e. Burn Building grant program).
- Professional Development – As the nationally-accredited fire service training entity in Virginia, the agency provides training programs for both career and volunteer emergency responders throughout the Commonwealth.
- Research – As the managing agency for the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System (VFIRS), the agency is responsible for data collection, analysis, and information reporting to Virginia’s fire services, Virginia’s policy makers, and nationally to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The agency also utilizes the data it collects to both identify and promote fire services best practices.
- Operational Support & Technical Assistance – As a Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) agency, we provide both operational and technical assistances to communities in need during emergencies of all types. This includes both operational support in the Virginia Emergency Operations center (VEOC) and in-the field.
- Fire Prevention Inspections – The State Fire Marshal’s Office [SFMO] has the responsibility of protecting life and property for the citizens of the Commonwealth through the utilization of inspectors to complete fire safety inspections; by conducting building plans reviews for fire safety measures; and by conducting construction inspections for fire safety systems in all state buildings.
Office of the Executive Director
The Executive Director is responsible for executive level supervision to agency staff; budgeting guidance; strategic planning; validation of programs; coordination of policy; guidance on state preparedness issues; assistance with coordination of statewide training and education programs; and agency response to large scale emergencies to support local jurisdictions.
VDFP is headquartered in Glen Allen, VA and has seven regional training offices that house both our training support staff and State Fire Marshal Office (SFMO) staff. The seven regional division offices are located in Glen Allen (Division 1), Culpepper (Division 2), Farmville (Division 3), Chilhowie (Division 4), Hampton (Division 5), Roanoke (Division 6), and Fairfax (Division 7). VDFP currently has 77 full–time staff, 17 part time staff and over 400 state-certified instructors who deliver our training programs through site-specific mobile training, at any of the regional training facilities, or at locality training centers. The agency administers an annual budget of $41 million.