FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards..
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.
The Virginia State Firefighters Association, founded in 1886, has long served as the champions of Virginia’s fire service organizations and personnel. With more than 13,000 members across the Commonwealth, the VSFA works to provide for better and affordable fire protection in Virginia by advocating for legislative action to benefit Virginia fire departments, rescue squads and support Virginia’s emergency responders .
The Virginia Department of Forestry:
- protects 15.8 million acres of forest land from fire, insects and disease.
- manages 22 State Forest lands totaling 67,920 acres for timber, recreation, water, research, wildlife and biodiversity.
- Read a factsheet that covers the basic metrics that describe forest resources in Virginia. (English; PDF format)
More than 300,000 forest landowners in Virginia control 77% of forest land, which:
- Enhances the quality of life in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Supports the forest industry, a significant contributor to the state's economy.