Virginia Fire & Ambulance
Welcome to the city of Virginia Fire Department. We hope this website will help you get a better acquainted with your Fire & Ambulance Department, and allow you to do business with us in a more efficient and convenient manner.
Our department is dedicated to the health and safety of our community and will continue to strive to maintain and improve this wonderful area we all call home.
The Virginia Fire Department currently has three crews with a total of twenty seven (27) firefighter/paramedics in addition to twelve (12) single role EMTs/Paramedics, a Administrative Assistant/IT Specialist, a Division Chief of Training, a Fire Marshal, a Deputy Fire Chief, and a Fire Chief.
There are currently twelve fire and EMS related apparatus ready to respond anywhere in our service area. Mutual aid agreements are in place so that we are able to help our neighboring communities in their time of need. Our fire service area and locations include residential, commercial, light and heavy industrial, county, mining properties, city and state road ways. We also provide contracted fire service to two local mining operations. Department personnel participate in the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) and St. Louis County Sheriff's Emergency Response Team and are trained in rope rescue, confined space, hazardous materials management, water and ice rescue.
The Virginia Fire Department has six state licensed Advanced Life Support ambulances equipped with state of the art medical equipment which provides our community the care it deserves. Under the guidance of our medical director we participate in cutting edge medical research studies and are licensed with the Minnesota Health Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) to provide Advanced Life Support to over 650 square miles in northern Minnesota.
Our ambulances not only respond to 911 emergency calls in our licensed area, we also provide emergent and scheduled inter facility transfers at the Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, and critical care levels.
in 2020, our staff responded to a total of 4,476 calls for service.
The mission of the Virginia Fire Department is to provide fire protection, suppression and rescue services to the citizens of Virginia and to communities and organizations that have mutual aid agreements with the City of Virginia and its Fire Department. In addition, the Virginia Fire Department shall provide advanced life support ambulance service to the area specified in the license and to areas where the City of Virginia has mutual aid agreements. It is our goal as Fire Department team members to keep our work skills sharp, vehicles and tools of our trade maintained and our bodies and minds fit for the tasks we may encounter. The Virginia Fire Department members will strive to accomplish these duties in a safe, compassionate and professional manner.
The Members of the Virginia Fire Department…
Strive to be role models in the community and leaders in our profession.
Will be accountable to those we serve, each other and any fire service organizations we interact with.
Are committed to providing the best public service through innovative training, education and equipment.
Will take the fire department into the future through productive teamwork, open and honest communications and participative decision-making throughout the organization.
Are committed to our values, mission, and dedicated to our fire service profession. Our organization is driven to provide a cost effective and efficient fire department while honoring our values, accomplishing our mission and achieving our goals.
Honesty …in both our leadership and our employees, resulting in the highest level of trustworthiness.
Integrity …in our dealings with each other and those we serve, always adhering to a sound code of moral and ethical conduct.
Teamwork …as we believe that availing ourselves of each person’s talent enhances the services we deliver and that cooperation improves our relationships.
Commitment to Excellence …demonstrating itself through consistent professionalism, pride, and a positive attitude.
Health & Safety …as we believe health and safety are essential to fulfilling our mission. We are committed to providing quality health and safety programs to ensure operational readiness and personal well-being.
Knowledge …as it forms the foundation for effective decisions, actions, and increased safety.
Respect …for each person as an individual, an attitude that recognizes the worth of others and exhibits compassion for those in need.