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Petersburg Fire EmblemWho We Are
The Petersburg Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services is a progressive, full-service fire department. Established in 1773, the department is rich in history, tradition, and is proud to call itself one of the oldest organized fire departments in the country.


The department provides and offers a variety of services beyond just your everyday fire department. Services provided include:
  • Dive operations
  • Emergency medical services that provide basic and advanced pre-hospital life support
  • Fire, building, and housing code enforcement
  • Fire prevention and public fire and safety education programs
  • Fire suppression
  • Rescue services

Specialized Operation Teams

The Petersburg Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services is also a participating member in two regional specialized operation teams: Hazardous Materials and Heavy Tactical Rescue. In the event of a local or regional disaster, the department has been charged with the lead responsibility of Emergency Management for the City of Petersburg.

What We Do & How We Do It
Serving 33,200 residents and countless number visitors, 98 highly trained and dedicated personnel work tirelessly every day to protect our community. To accomplish our mission the department is divided into multiple specialized divisions and sub-divisions:

Fire Administration
  • Administrative services
  • Emergency management
  • Emergency medical services
  • Management information services

Code Compliance
  • Building
  • Fire marshal
  • Housing
  • Plans review

  • Fire suppression
  • Emergency medical services
  • Special operations
Support Services
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Facility maintenance
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Logistical support

  • Public fire and life safety education
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Petersburg Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services: Not just your everyday fire department, it is ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Contact Us
T.C. Hairston
Fire Chief

125 N. Union St.
Petersburg, VA 23803

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Ph: 804-733-2328

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City of Petersburg - Virginia