About the department

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The Newport News Fire Department is an all-hazards department that responds to more than 27,000 calls per year.  The city is divided in two districts called battalions that are supervised by a Battalion Chief and EMS Captain.  

Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) are the primary services delivered out of 11 fire stations strategically located throughout the city. There are 12 engines, 6 ladder trucks, 2 heavy rescues, and 12 ambulances staffed in the 11 stations.  

The department also operates four Special Operations Teams: Hazardous Materials, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Technical Rescue and Marine Incident Response.  

The department also staffs the Emergency Management Division, Fire Marshal's Office, EMS/Fire Training Center and Logistics Bureau.