The Virginia Department of Forestry relies on agency and cooperator firefighters to provide the resources needed to efficiently suppress wildfire emergencies throughout the Commonwealth. The VDOF is proud of the fact that agency firefighters are trained and qualified to national level standards recognized throughout the nation.
Read more information about firefighter certifications and qualifications.
To accomplish this task, the agency relies on training and development activities throughout the year; employee development through a national mentorship process; and opportunities to build experience on larger national level incident responses during certain times of the year.
Read more about firefighter training opportunities.
Virginia Department of Forestry also deploys wildland agency resources in support of wildfires and all-hazard incidents on a national basis. These deployments support other state forestry agencies, federal agencies and others, as well as provide excellent experience for Virginia wildland firefighters.
VDOF participates in agreements in support of nearby state forestry agencies, whereby VDOF may send emergency resources to requesting states in support of emergency response and wildfire emergency. In turn, Virginia may request resources to come to Virginia to assist when needed. These deployments are typically handled through the VDOF Fire and Emergency Response Branch.
Virginia resources may also be dispatched nationally through the Virginia Interagency Coordination Center, located at the VDOF Headquarters in Charlottesville.
Read more about national deployments through our Virginia Interagency Coordination Center .
Incident Management Resources
|Employee Direct Deposit Authorization (Dept. of Accounts)||Form||View||finance||form|
|Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate||W-4||Form||View||human-resources||form|
Brochure serves as a guide to first-response emergency personnel for protecting life and property, putting the fire out, and securing the scene; providing steps that should be taken at the time of dispatch, en-route, upon arrival, suppression, and securing the area. Printed copies available.
|Federal I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification (DHS)||I-9||Form||View||human-resources||form|
|Fighting Wildfire in Virginia||P00148|
Brochure provides a safety and logistical briefing to wildfire personnel fighting wildfire in Virginia, including VDOF-provided meals, lodging, personnel/crew time, medical needs, nature’s hazards, and other guidelines for Virginia wildfires.
|Incident Command System (ICS) Forms Package (zip file)|
Zip files contains pdf forms of most commonly used ICS forms used in incident management and development of an incident action plan.
|Incident Qualification System (IQS) Data Collection||4.25||Form||View||fire-and-emergency-response||form|
|Incident Qualification System (IQS) Data Update||4.26||Form||View||fire-and-emergency-response||form|
|Informed Consent for Work Capacity Tests||8.03||Form||View||human-resources||form|
|Outdoor Fire Laws||P00107|
Brochure provides an overview, as well as detailed fire law information in the Commonwealth of Virginia, encouraging citizens to know the forest fire laws and local ordinances before burning, and safety tips for burning. Printed copies available.
|VDOF Part-Time Firefighter Pay and Qualification Matrix|
Part-time firefighter pay level and qualification requirements for VDOF part-time firefighters.
|Virginia Income Tax Withholding Exemption (VA Dept. of Taxation)||VA-4||Form||View||human-resources||form|
|Virginia’s Forestry Laws||P00002|
Pocket guide provides detailed information about the forestry laws in Virginia, including general forestry laws, forest fire laws and penalties, certified prescribed burn manager laws, seed tree laws, riparian forest buffer tax credit laws, debris in streams laws and penalties, silvicultural water quality laws and penalties, and more. Printed copies available.
|Wage Employment Application||8.07|
Application form for hiring part-time personnel, including part-time fire and emergency response personnel.