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Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department

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Roanoke County Fire & Rescue is a combination fire and rescue department. That means the department is made up of paid career firefighters and paramedics, as well as volunteer firefighters and EMTs. Roanoke County is the largest combination fire and rescue department in the Commonwealth of Virginia west of Richmond. The department operates out of 13 fire and rescue stations, one main administrative office and a regional fire-ems training center. The department is responsible for providing fire and rescue coverage to an area of 250 square miles and a population of over 93,000 people. The department has 189 full time career personnel and approximately 200 active volunteers. These volunteers, consisting of firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics, volunteer at all but two of Roanoke County's 13 fire and rescue stations. The department was founded in 1986. Before then, most of the stations that currently make up Roanoke County Fire & Rescue were their own independent volunteer fire and rescue companies that covered their first due area of the county.

Roanoke County Fire Stations

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue's 13 stations are strategically located across the county to serve its citizens. Career and volunteer staffing varies by station, but volunteers generally serve week nights from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, and 24 hours on weekends and most holidays.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue maintains and operates a fleet of 18 fire engines, four aerial ladder trucks, five tanker trucks, 12 brush trucks, five squad trucks, and 24 ambulances out of its 13 stations. The department also has many specialty units, including an air truck, a heavy technical rescue truck, two swift water rescue boats, a rehab unit and a fire investigation unit. In addition, the department has numerous special operations and support trailers, personnel response vehicles and reserve fire and rescue apparatus.

Stations and Apparatus

Station 1 - North County Fire & Rescue

Station is staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue.

  • Wagon 1
  • Ladder 1
  • Medic 1
  • Utility 1

Station 2 - Vinton Fire & Rescue

Company 2 and Rescue 2 are divided into their own separate, but connected buildings. Vinton's stations are co-owned by Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton. They are located in the Town of Vinton, but they receive some apparatus and their station number from Roanoke County. Vinton is dispatched by Roanoke County to calls in both jurisdictions. Career staffing is provided by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue and the Town of Vinton.

  • Wagon 2 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue/Vinton Fire & EMS)
  • Engine 2
  • Ladder 2
  • Brush 2
  • Car 2


  • Medic 21
  • Medic 22 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue/Vinton Fire & EMS)
  • Medic 23 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue/Vinton Fire & EMS)
  • Squad 2
  • Rehab 2
  • Car 20

Station 3 - Cave Spring Fire & Rescue

Company 3 and Rescue 3 are divided into their own separate stations and operate as two separate entities. Rescue 3 is the only all volunteer station in Roanoke County. Career staff from Roanoke County Fire & Rescue operate out of the fire station.

  • Wagon 3 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Engine 3
  • Ladder 3 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Tanker 3
  • Brush 3
  • Medic 331 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Medic 333
  • Utility 3
  • EMS 2 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)


  • Medic 32
  • Medic 33
  • Squad 3
  • Car 30

Station 4 - Catawba Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 4
  • Tanker 4
  • Brush 4
  • Medic 4 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Utility 4
  • UTV 4

Station 5 - Hollins Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 5 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Engine 5
  • Brush 5
  • Medic 51 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Medic 52
  • Medic 53
  • Utility 5
  • Battalion 1 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Investigation 1
  • Public Education/Fire Safety Trailer

Station 6 - Mount Pleasant Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 6
  • Tanker 6
  • Brush 6
  • Medic 6 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Utility 6
  • UTV 6

Station 7 - Clearbrook Fire & Rescue

Station is staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue.

  • Wagon 7
  • Brush 7
  • HTR 7
  • Medic 7
  • Utility 7

Station 8 - Bent Mountain Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 8
  • Tanker 8
  • Brush 8
  • Medic 81 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Medic 82
  • Squad 8
  • Utility 8

Station 9 - Fort Lewis Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 9 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Engine 9
  • Tower 9 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Tanker 9
  • Brush 9
  • Air 9
  • Medic 91 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Medic 92
  • Squad 9
  • Utility 9
  • UTV 9

Station 10 - Masons Cove Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 10 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Engine 10
  • Attack 10
  • Medic 101 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Medic 102
  • Squad 10
  • Utility 10
  • Car 104
  • UTV 10

Station 11 - Back Creek Fire & Rescue

  • Wagon 11
  • Engine 11 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Attack 11
  • Brush 11
  • Medic 11 (Staffed full time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
  • Car 11

Station 12 - Read Mountain Fire & Rescue

Station 12 is co-owned by Roanoke County and Botetourt County. Station 12 is located in Botetourt County, but receives its station number, and apparatus from Roanoke County. Read Mountain is dispatched to calls by both jurisdictions. Career staffing is provided by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue and Botetourt County Fire & EMS.

  • Wagon 12
  • Brush 12
  • Medic 12-1 (Staffed part time by Roanoke County Fire & Rescue, operates as "Medic 12-7")
  • Medic 12-2
  • Utility 12
  • Car 12
  • Botetourt Engine 7 (Staffed part time by Botetourt County Fire & EMS)
  • Botetourt Medic 12 (Staffed full time by Botetourt County Fire & EMS)

Roanoke County Unit Designations

All Roanoke County stations number their units after their home station's number.

  • Format: Medic / Rescue Station Unit #
  • Desc: ALS / BLS #
  • Example: Medic 53
  • For example "Medic 53" is an ALS staffed ambulance from Station 5 (Hollins)
  • And "Rescue 32" is a BLS staffed ambulance from Station 3 (Cave Spring)

Other units are specialty units that roam around the county, including battalion chiefs and EMS captains. The other specialty units are based at the Roanoke County Public Safety Center, which include division chiefs, fire marshals, department chaplains, and other administrative support staff.

Replace "#" with the station number.

  • Chief 1 - Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Chief
  • Deputy Chief 1,2,3 - Deputy Chiefs
  • Battalion 1 - Battalion Chief (Shift)
  • EMS 1 - EMS Battalion Chief
  • EMS 2 - EMS Captain (Shift)
  • Training 1 - Training Battalion Chief
  • FM 1,2,3,4 - Fire Marshals
  • Chaplain 1 - Chaplain
  • Air 9 - Mobile SCBA air bottle refill truck
  • Rehab 2 - Rehab unit for firefighters
  • HTR 7 - Heavy Technical Rescue truck
  • Investigation 1 - Fire investigation unit
  • Chief # - Chief of a Volunteer Fire Company
  • Chief #50 - Chief of a Volunteer Rescue Squad
  • Wagon # - Primary response fire engine
  • Engine # - Primary response fire engine
  • Ladder # - Aerial ladder truck
  • Tower # - Aerial platform truck
  • Tanker # - Tanker truck that holds 1,000 gallons of water or more
  • Attack # - Brush truck
  • Brush # - Brush truck
  • Squad # - Medium or heavy duty vehicle rescue truck
  • Medic # - ALS staffed ambulance with an EMT-I or Paramedic
  • Rescue # - BLS staffed ambulance with an EMT or AEMT
  • Utility # - Personnel response vehicle
  • Car # - Personnel response vehicle

Roanoke County Call Types

  • Fire Call - Emergency fire call (Ex. Structure fire, fire alarm, vehicle fire, brush fire, vehicle accident, gas leak etc.)
  • Fire Service Call - Non-emergency fire call (Ex. Water leak, lifting assistance, vehicle break downs etc.)
  • Medical (ALS) - Emergency Advanced Life Support call
  • Medical (BLS) - Emergency Basic Life Support call
  • Medical Service Call - Non-emergency medical call (Ex. Assist patient upstairs, subject fallen etc.)
  • ALS-Critical - Emergency Advanced Life Support + Critical Patient call (Ex. Code Blue, other life or death situation)


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