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 is committed to providing the highest level of professional development and statewide risk reduction efforts.
The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) will be a nationally recognized leader in enhancing public safety throughout the Commonwealth.
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. Live Fire Training Structure grant).
- Professional Development: As a 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, VDFP provides both operational and technical assistances to communities in need during emergencies of all types. This includes both 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.
VDFP also provides technical assistance and consultation services to Virginia’s localities through the completion of fire and emergency medical services (EMS) studies. The Agency, in collaboration with the Virginia Fire Services Board, Department of Forestry and Office of Emergency Medical Services performs Fire & EMS Studies at the request of a locality to examine various operational and organizational issues within the locality.
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.