The County of Henrico is located north of the City of Richmond, Virginia and covers approximately 244 sq. miles. The population is over 300,000 and can double during certain special events. The Henrico County Division of Fire responds annually to more than 40,000 calls for service. The county has a wide variety of buildings including: residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Henrico also has 4 major roadways: I-64, I-95, I-295, and I-895 going through the county. In Henrico County, we also have Richmond International Raceway, Richmond International Airport (mutual aid to airport fire), Army National Guard and parts of the James River.
An Internationally Accredited Fire Department, being first accredited in 1998 and reaccredited in 2013, serves Henrico County. In 2015, Henrico County received a Class 1 rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). This is the highest possible rating for a community. We have twenty fire stations staffed by over 500 highly trained and certified firefighters.
All field personnel are State certified firefighters and also certified to the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level. Over 200 are also certified to provide advanced life support (ALS) services. The Division currently has on duty each day 20 engines, 16 Advanced Life Support Medic units, 5 ladder trucks, 3 Heavy Rescue Squads, 2 EMS supervisors, 3 Battalion Chiefs and an Assistant Chief. We also have other specialty equipment available each day.
Utilizing the above staff and equipment we provide the following services:
- Urban and Rural fire services and response
- Emergency Medical Advanced life support services and transport
- Specialized Teams (HAZMAT, Tech Rescue, Dive/Swift Water)
- Fire Prevention, Education, and Investigations
- Response and Recovery to natural and man-made disasters
The County is home to a number of large special events, including two NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway, several outdoor music concerts, a variety of sporting activities and other events. The Division provides Fire and EMS coverage at these events.
All of these services are provided in a professional, innovative and cost effective manner.