Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Studies

The Virginia Fire Services Board conducts Fire and EMS Studies as directed by §9.1-203.A.4 of the Code of Virginia to “provide technical assistance and advice to local fire departments, other fire service organizations, and local governments.” The Virginia Fire Services Board partners with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), and the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) to conduct Fire and EMS studies. Study requests are approved by the Virginia Fire Services Board and conducted at no charge to the requesting jurisdiction. The purpose of a fire and EMS study is to provide an objective view of the fire and EMS services in a local jurisdiction, and to provide feedback on areas that are successful and areas that could use improvement. Additionally, the fire and EMS study provides broad recommendations for the local jurisdiction to review and customize to the benefit of the citizens, fire and EMS organizations, and the local jurisdiction. Study recommendations should not be construed as legal advice or as a binding recommendation. For more information about Fire and EMS Studies, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Sheet, under Resources or contact the VDFP Policy Office at Fire and EMS Study Process

Previous Fire and EMS Studies

2023 Fire and EMS Studies

2022 Fire and EMS Studies

2021 Fire and EMS Studies

2020 Fire and EMS Studies

2019 Fire and EMS Studies

2018 Fire and EMS Studies

2017 Fire and EMS Studies

For years prior to 2015, please email requests to