Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department was established in 1949.

The department is currently headed by Chief Richard R. Bowers, Jr., who was appointed by the Board of Supervisors on February 12, 2013, and took office on April 29.[1]


Prior to 1949, fire emergencies were handled by the various volunteer fire departments in the county. On May 4, 1949, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal by supervisor C. B. Runyon to put a paid firefighter in each of the county's 11 volunteer departments, and to establish a central control and dispatch system.[2]

On April 9, 2007, Ronald L. Mastin was appointed chief by the Board of Supervisors.[3]


  1. "Richard R. Bowers Jr. Appointed Fire Chief." Fairfax County News Releases. Fairfax County, 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.
  2. "Fairfax Board Approves Fire Control Setup." The Washington Post (1923-1954): 1. May 05 1949. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post (1877-1995). Web. 26 Oct. 2012.
  3. Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs. Board of Supervisors Appoints New Fire Chief. Fairfax County Government News. Fairfax County, 9 Apr. 2007. Web. 26 Oct. 2012.

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