“Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.”
Abraham Lincoln

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Illness and injuries are a part of life – when the need for emergency medical assistance arises, we’re here to answer. Every DCVFD front-line unit has at least a Virginia OEMS License to provide Basic Life Support (BLS) medical care. We have over 100 Volunteer EMTs and several Nationally Certified Paramedics that routinely respond to EMS calls for service.


“Long lives are a result of healthy decisions & preparedness.”

Many EMS call types can be avoided by following healthy and safe practices. CDC recommends a focus on Healthy Weight, Nutrition, and Physical Activity to prevent sickness and to avoid serious disease and health conditions. Thinking of safety first when performing activities that could cause injury can help prevent them. Safe habits such as wearing a helmet when biking, using a mouth guard in sports, and following safety guidelines posted in work areas can prevent injury.


“If injury or illness happens to you, we’re here to help.”
EMS clinicians operate as part of the overall emergency response system which includes pre-hospital Providers (EMTs), Hospitals, Primary Care Physicians, and even Aircraft. DCVFD operates transport and non-transport EMS units every day. Our personnel are equipped, trained, and ready to provide care to anyone who needs it. Our EMS transport units are always kept in compliance and provide best-in-class safety, capability, and are maintained by certified Emergency Vehicle Technicians.

Becoming an EMT

The first step is becoming a member of our organization. Once you’re finished with the initial membership requirements (Physical, Background Check & Interview), you’ll complete a month or two of recruit training and be assigned to a crew. Then we get you in to the next available Fire Academy!

EMT-Basic Classes Include the below focus areas:

EMT-B courses generally start in February or September running for about six months, two nights a week and weekends culminating in a national certification exam.

Are you ready to serve?

Join your neighbors, co-workers, and fellow citizens dedicating thousands of hours
per year in support of the greater good.