Combined Fire & Rescue System Reforms

New Ordinance Adopted

In April 2014, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to establish a new Chapter of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County: Combined Fire and Rescue System with an effective date of July 1, 2015. The Board also approved the hiring of an Assistant Chief for Support Services and Volunteer Administration within the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management. The item prepared for the meeting, and the Copy Teste (the summary of the Board's action) are online:

Fire Trucks

Outreach Meetings Held; Presentations Online

Loudoun County conducted an extensive outreach effort to members of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System with regard to proposed reforms to the Fire-Rescue system. The presentation being given at outreach meetings on August 27, 28 and 29, 2013, is online:

Board Directs Staff to Implement Reforms

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors directed staff to begin implementing the reforms to the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System recommended by the County Administrator's Combined Fire and Rescue Stakeholders Group. The Board directed staff to return with:

  • A proposed ordinance;
  • Proposed changes to the governance structure of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, including but not limited to the dissolution of the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Commission charter and by-laws, in order to conform with the recommended reforms; and
  • A plan outlining the resource requirements associated with the full implementation of the recommended reforms.

Background Information & Relevant Documents

The Board of Supervisors took action on the issue on July 17, 2013. The Copy Teste, which describes the Boards action, is online as is the County Administrator's Loudoun Combined Fire and Rescue System Stakeholders Group (CFRSG) Recommendations Report, and the item prepared for the Board meeting. Also online is a survey conducted by the CFRSG of members of the Loudoun Fire-Rescue system. The survey results indicate broad support for the proposed reforms.

For More Information
If you have questions about the proposed reforms to the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue System, please contact Assistant County Administrator John Sandy by telephone at 703-777-0200 or by email