Fire & Rescue

Welcome From the Chief


Thank you for visiting the website of the City of Suffolk's Department of Fire & Rescue. It is a great honor to have been selected as the eighth Chief of this incredibly talented department. Organizationally, we have an allocated strength of 252 full-time personnel. In addition to our full-time staff, we also employ approximately 30 part-time personnel. Over 200 Volunteers operating from four volunteer fire departments and one volunteer rescue squad support us, and together we protect over 430 square miles of urban, suburban, village and waterfront area in the southeast portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We provide public safety services in the areas of Fire Prevention, Fire Safety Education, Fire Rescue and Suppression, Emergency Medical Services and Transport, and Emergency Management. Annually, we respond to over 11,000 calls for service, utilizing 14 Engine Companies, 3 Ladder Companies, 9 ALS Medic Units, 1 Rescue, 1 EMS Supervisor, 2 Battalion Chiefs, and various support units. So, on behalf of the dedicated and caring Men and Women of the Department of Fire and Rescue, I say welcome, and sincerely encourage you to continue to explore our website and come back to see us soon.

Yours in service,

Chief Cedric Scott, CFO, EFO, MIFireE