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2016 Fire and Rescue Annual Report


History

The first known record of fire suppression capabilities in the City of Winchester was in 1788.  The stations were called “engine houses” and were established to support other public buildings in the immediate surrounding area. Click the documents below for an in-depth look at the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department's history.


Stations

Collectively, the volunteers own the stations, all the ambulances, fire engines and ladder trucks utilized for emergency response within the city. Click here for more information about volunteering.

Friendship Fire Co. - Station 1Station #1 - Friendship
627 North Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 667-6961
 

Rouss Fire Co. - Station 2. Photo by: Brandon Jones

Station #2 - Rouss
3 South Braddock Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-5529
 

Shawnee Fire Co. - Station 4

Station #4 - Shawnee
2210 Valor Drive
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-0855
 

South End Fire Co. - Station 5

Station #5 - South End
17 West Monmouth Street 
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 665-0007

fire and rescue patches 2016

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Services Provided

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response and Mitigation
  • Fire Investigations
  • Fire Prevention Inspections
  • Fire and EMS Public Education
  • Child Safety Seat Installation
  • Fire/EMS Coverage for Local Public Events
  • Tactical Emergency Medical Operators for the Police SWAT Team

Prevention/Community Risk Reduction

  • Fire Station Tours
  • Pre-School and Elementary Fire Safety
  • CPR/First Aid Classes
  • Senior Citizen Groups
  • Dormitory and Residence Hall Fire Safety
  • Residential Emergency Planning
  • Commercial Emergency Planning
  • Adopt a Hydrant
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention
  • Child Safety Seat Installation
  • Knox Box Program
  • After the Fire
  • Smoking and Oxygen Fire Safety
  • Candle Safety in the Home
  • Electrical Fire Safety
  • Cooking Fire Safety

Insurance Services Office (ISO)

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) collects and evaluates information from communities in the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities.  The data is analyzed using our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS™) and then a Public Protection Classification (PPC™) number is assigned to the community.”

In 2014, the City of Winchester earned a PPC rating of class 3 from this evaluation.  “Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, and class 10 indicates that the areas fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.”  Our PPC rating of class 3 places us in the top 15% of fire departments nationwide and in the top 6% in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Geographically ISO recommends that the City of Winchester maintain three engines and one aerial device in service each day.  In addition, to maintain our Emergency Medical Services needs on a daily basis we must also maintain three Advanced Life Support ambulances in service.  The following chart depicts the personnel/apparatus recommended by NFPA and ISO compared to our current situation.