School Visits, Tours & Education Requests

School Visits

Invite firefighters and EMTs to your classroom for a fire safety presentation on:

  • Fire prevention
  • What to do in case of a fire
  • Firefighters are community helpers
  • Equipment and gear


Request a visit: Contact your local station

Fire Station Tours

Children can view equipment, talk to firefighters and learn about fire safety.

Prepare for a visit

  • Make sure you have enough chaperones.
  • Discuss with children the importance of following firefighter instructions.
  • Ensure students understand that in the case of emergency, firefighters will have to leave the station even if a tour is in progress.

Request a tour:  Contact your local station

Public Education for Adults

The Fire Department also provides brief fire safety presentations to businesses, civic associations, healthcare institutions, group homes or other community groups in Arlington.

Topics vary by request but may include:

  • Fire prevention
  • Evacuation
  • Fire protection systems
  • Home escape plan
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Cooking safety
  • Electrical/Heating Safety

Request a Pub Ed Demo: call 703-228-4665 or email

Fire Truck Drive By Celebrations

The Arlington County Fire Department has partnered with the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department to offer fire truck drive by celebrations for birthdays and other important occasions during the pandemic. Please read through the information on this page and complete the request form to request a drive-by celebration.

Important Information

To request a Fire Truck drive-by, please contact the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department 

Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department
3900 Langston Blvd
Arlington, VA 22207

Meeting and Event Spaces in Fire Stations

The Walter Reed Fire Station has a community room that nonprofit organizations can use for free. 

Fire Station 9 – Walter Reed
1900 S. Walter Reed Dr.
Arlington, VA 22204
Meeting room policy and request form

The Arlington County Fire Department DOES NOT rent out halls for parties. However, the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department and Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department have meeting halls available for private functions.

Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department
6950 Little Falls Road
Falls Church, VA 22213
703-228-3600, hit #9110

Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department
3900 Langston Blvd
Arlington, VA 22207

Did You Know?

From the National Fire Protection Association

  • Gas and charcoal grills cause 900 structure fires and 3,500 outdoor fires in or on home properties each year.
  • Gas grills have a higher fire risk than charcoal grills; leaks and breaks are the leading cause, accounting for nearly half of gas grill fires.
  • Placing combustibles too close to heat, and leaving cooking unattended, are the two leading causes for charcoal grill home fires.
  • Half of all gas grill and charcoal grill home fires begin on an exterior balcony or unenclosed porch. Grill not only outside your home but away from your home.

Contact Us

Call 911 for Emergencies
703-558-2222 (Non-emergency requests)
703-228-3362 (Fire Chief’s Office) Email
703-228-4644 (Fire Prevention) Email
571-242-0271 (Media Relations) Email

703-228-0098 (Employment) Email


TTY 703-228-4611