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Virginia Department of Fire Programs
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About VDFP

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 five branches and has seven division offices throughout the Commonwealth.

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 only 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 Response Team (VERT) 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.

Mission Statement

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs will enhance public safety in the Commonwealth by providing supplemental funding, training, fire prevention and life safety education, along with statewide fire code enforcement.

Vision Statement

The Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) will be nationally recognized as the leader in enhancing the quality of fire and emergency services.

The agency's vision sets a high standard for excellence that provides us with a road map to achieving our mission. Our mission describes the activities we will undertake to achieve our shared vision and our values defined how we will get there.

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. As outlined in the Virginia Emergency Operations Plan (VEOP), the VDFP Executive Director is designated as the Chief, Urban Fire Service. VDFP employs 74 personnel across 7 division office locations in the state and the agency administers an annual budget of $30 million.

Within the VDFP are the Office of the Executive Director, Administration and Support Branch, Training and Operations Branch, Training and Technical Services Branch, State Fire Marshal's Office and the Virginia Fire Services Board.

Administrative Branch

The Administration Branch manages five program areas: Marketing and Communications, Website Management, Fire Data and Statistics, Policy and Planning and the Virginia Fire Services Board. This branch, in conjunction with the Department of Human Resource Management, also handles all personnel and employee relations issues as they pertain to human resource management.

  • Public Affairs: manages the marketing efforts for VDFP; develops brochures and other printed materials; develops press releases; coordinates events and maintains media affairs.
    • : under the activities of the Marketing and Communications section, the agency’s web presence is managed by the agency’s website coordinator. In addition to having an agency website, the agency also has a presence on social media sites, such as: FaceBook; Pinterest; Twitter and Tublr.
  • Fire Data and Statistics: manages the Virginia Fire Incident Reporting System (VFIRS) along with all fire data and statistical requests received by the Agency. This section also produces the annual Needs Assessment of Virginia’s Fire Services report.
  • Government Affairs: The government affairs office is responsible for tracking legislation and other developments related to the fire and emergency services community. This office regularly updates VDFP’s strategic plan and performance metrics to reflect changes in operating environments, priorities and emerging issues. Lastly, VDFP’s policy staff is responsible for the completion of the agency’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP).
  • Virginia Fire Services Board: is the policy making board within VDFP and consists of 15 appointed positions to represent various fire service organizations throughout Virginia as well as the general public.

Finance Branch

The Finance Branch manages four program areas: Financial Services; Grants and Local Aid; Procurement and the VDFP Bookstore.

  • Financial Services: manages accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, bookstore operations, grants and local aid administration and funds disbursements, fixed assets, budgeting, financial reporting and analysis, cash management, internal auditing, and Agency Risk Management and Internal Controls Standards (ARMICS).
  • Grants and Local Aid: manages agency’s grant activities. Grants include Aid to Localities; Burn Building Grants; Technology Grants for VFIRS; Virginia Fire Service Board Mini Grants, and the Virginia Dry Hydrant Grant program awarded to the Department of Forestry.
  • Procurement: is responsible for procurement and payment of products and services for VDFP.
  • VDFP Bookstore: includes the receiving and fulfilling of merchandise orders (invoice generation/modification), order handling and shipping, and special orders. Call for additional information.

Training and Operations Branch

The Training and Operations Branch is responsible for the development and implementation of training curriculum. The Operations Branch currently has 7 division offices throughout Virginia. Each area represents the fire departments within their designated region and provides training course work and instruction for firefighters, emergency service personnel and citizens.

Training and Technical Services Branch

The Training and Technical Services Branch oversees the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy (VFMA), Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF), Logistics, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Quality Assurance for Fire Service Training Record System (FSTRS), and Technical Rescue (TR) Programs.

State Fire Marshal's Office

The State Fire Marshal's Office (SFMO) provides many services to provide safety to life and property from fire for the citizens of the Commonwealth. The SFMO currently have five regional offices throughout Virginia. Additional Information on the State Fire Marshal's Office:

Thank you for visiting the Virginia Department of Fire Programs’ website. Please contact VDFP with any questions/concerns or to let us know how we can better assist you.

VDFP Organizational Flow Chart

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  • Last Updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014