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Community Connect is an application focused on protecting residents and their property in the most effective way possible during an incident or major disaster. Community Connect is a secure, easy-to-use platform that allows residents to share critical information about their household in order to aid first responders and emergency service personnel to respond more efficiently and effectively, ultimately resulting in better incident outcomes.

Community Connect also helps business owners and property managers keep people at their commercial properties safe by giving first responders access to critical documents such as evacuation procedures, occupant rosters, hazardous material lists, and more. Designated contacts at properties that joined the program will receive immediate alerts via text message when First Responders are dispatched to the building address.   

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Now Offering In-Home Life Safety Assessments

The Winchester Fire and Rescue Department’s (WFRD) offers in-home life safety assessments and group presentations. The Community Risk Reduction Division follows the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults guide that seeks to solve two problems common for seniors – fires and falls. Click here for details.

Fire & Rescue Long Term Master Plan Study

The City of Winchester and Winchester Fire & Rescue Department (WFRD) is working with Emergency Services Consulting International, a consulting firm specializing in assisting local governments, to facilitate a strategic planning process for the City. The purpose of the study is to conduct a comprehensive review of the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, identify future needs, and provide recommendations for moving the department forward. See detailed document.

Fire & Rescue Strategic Plan 2021 - 2026

See detailed document.

2022 Annual Report and Quick Stats

Click here for an overview of the Winchester Fire and Rescue services provided during calendar year 2022.

View the City's 2022 Annual Report here.

Fire Chief Jon Henschel

Chief Jon Henschel
Winchester Fire and Rescue
21 S. Kent Street, Suite 301
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 662-2298
Fax (540) 542-1318

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