Message from the Chief


Welcome to the web site of the Bristol Virginia Fire Department. We are pleased to be of service to the citizens and visitors of the City. The Bristol Fire Department is an all-hazards agency providing fire-EMS services twenty-four (24) hours a day. The department has 43 sworn positions, and one non-sworn support staff member for a total of 44 members.

The Bristol Virginia Fire Department is committed to the safety of the citizens and visitors of Bristol, Virginia by providing high quality emergency and non-emergency services. The Fire Department's core services include:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Investigation
  • Code Enforcement
  • Regional Haz-Mat
  • Regional HTR

The Fire Department also provides hazardous materials response and mitigation, heavy-technical rescue response, and emergency management coordination for the City. Each shift participates in public education activities throughout the year.

In the pages that follow, we hope you will find information that is helpful to you. If not, please contact us by e-mail, U.S. Mail, telephone or personal visit. We look forward to serving you.


Dr. James M. Armstrong

Fire Chief