Apparatus

In the fire service, emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, fire trucks, utility vehicles, and specialty units, are all referred to as “apparatus”. The FCVFD operates an array of apparatus out of Station 6 that fall into a few broad categories:

  • Volunteer Apparatus owned 100% by FCVFD and staffed only by volunteers:
    • Ambulance 102 is our primary ambulance and is equipped with Basic Life Support equipment. Used for BLS emergency calls, EMS standbys and training. Minimum staffing is a crew of 2 (but usually seen with 3) volunteer EMTs.
    • Utility 106 is our primary scene standby unit and is equipped with high power scene lights and Basic Life Support equipment. Minimum staffing is a crew of 2 volunteer EMTs.
    • Utility 106 Bravo is used for training, errands and other support functions.
    • Engine 106 Bravo is our reserve pumper, used primarily for public education events, parades, and our annual Santamobile event.
    • Old Tom is our antique, 1918 Model T pumper and is used for our public education events and parades.
  • Frontline Apparatus, staffed 24/7 by Arlington County Fire Department personnel:
    • Medic 106 is funded 100% by the FCVFD and serves as the Falls Church Fire Station’s primary Advanced Life Support transport ambulance. Minimum staffing is ACFD Firefighter/Paramedic and Firefighter/EMT. Volunteer EMTs provide supplemental staffing by staffing as the 3rd crew member.
    • Engine 106 is funded 100% by the City of Falls Church and serves as the Falls Church Fire Station’s primary pumper.┬áMinimum staffing is 1 ACFD Firefighter/Paramedic and 3 Firefighter/EMTs. Volunteer FF/EMTs provide supplemental staffing by staffing as the 5th crew member.
    • Truck 106 is funded 100% by the City of Falls Church and serves as the Falls Church Fire Station’s primary ladder truck.┬áMinimum staffing is 4 ACFD Firefighter/EMTs. Volunteer FF/EMTs provide supplemental staffing by staffing as the 5th crew member.

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Frontline

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