Fire & Emergency Services

Fire Department OperationsBonnette

The mission of the Operations Section of the Richmond Fire and Emergency Services Department is to provide high quality emergency and non-emergency services to residents and visitors of the City of Richmond. The goal of the Operations Section is to operate safely, effectively and efficiently while protecting against injury, loss of life, and/or property damage from all hazards to include fire, medical, and other emergencies.

Role of the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations

The Deputy Fire Chief of Operations is responsible for the leadership and management of response services from 20 fire/rescue stations that provide fire suppression, emergency medical, water rescue, trench/excavation rescue, confined space rescue, structural collapse rescue, hazardous materials mitigation and other Public Safety services for the city’s over 200,000 residents and thousands of visitors.

Deputy Chief of Operations

Chief Bonnette began his career as the Deputy Chief of Operations with the City of Richmond, VA Fire and Emergency Services Department in September 2017. He began his career as a firefighter with the Alexandria, VA Fire Department in January 1989. He was promoted through the ranks from Firefighter/EMT to his final role as Assistant Fire Chief. In March 2016 he was named the Fire Chief of the City of Portsmouth, VA where he served until his arrival at the City of Richmond, VA.

He has experience leading fire and emergency medical service operations, strategic planning, training and professional development, fiscal and budget management, fire protection and life safety, human resources management, community outreach, logistics, and information technology. During his tenure he served on various Northern Virginia and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments regional committees and was a member of the National Capital Region Type III Incident Management Team. He was the co-chair of the Hampton Roads Fire Chief’s Association committee.

Chief Bonnette’s educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management.

He has received several recognitions such as an award for dedication to the community of Portsmouth, VA in 2017 from the Church and Community in Action, a Fire Safety Commendation Award from the George Washington Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Northern Virginia Fire & Rescue Leadership Development Institute for participation as an instructor/facilitator.


Station Company Battalion Address Map It
1 Engine 1, Truck 2, Battalion Chief 1 1 308 N. 24th St.
5 Engine 5 3 324 W. Leigh St.
6 Engine 6 3 138 S. Jefferson St.
8 Engine 8 1 1018 Williamsburg Rd.
10 Engine 10, Truck 3, Rescue 2 2 900 Hermitage Rd.
11 Engine 11 1 1235 N. 28th St.
12 Engine 12 2 2223 W. Cary St.
13 Engine 13, Truck 5 3 411 E. Commerce Rd.
14* Engine 14 1 2932 Hawthorne Ave.
15 Engine 15 1 2614 First Ave.
16 Engine 16 2 3901 Chamberlayne Ave.
17* Engine 17, Battalion Chief 3 3 2211 Semmes Ave.
18 Engine 18, Battalion Chief 2 2 412 N. Thompson St.
19* Engine 19 2 311 Maple Ave.
20 Engine 20 4 4715 Forest Hill Ave.
21 Engine 21 3 2505 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
22 Engine 22, Truck 8 4 2420 Broad Rock Blvd.
23 Engine 23, Rescue 1, Battalion Chief 4 4 495 LaBrook Concourse
24 Truck 9 4 7400 Forest Hill Ave.
25 Engine 25 4 8800 W. Huguenot Rd.

*Indicates stations which inspect child safety seats between the hours of 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Special Services Division

Rescue 1

The Richmond Fire and Emergency Services Department is an all hazards response organization. This means we respond to more than just fires and medical emergencies. The Richmond Fire Department currently has three disciplines that fall under the Special Services Division to assist with this all hazards response:

Water Rescue

With the beautiful James River and its challenging rapids running through the City of Richmond, the Richmond Fire Department Water Rescue Team (WRT) is one of the busiest in the State of Virginia. The highly trained members of the team are trained in swift water rescue, swift water boat operations, public safety dive rescue and dive tender operations. The team operates out of two strategically located stations, Fire Station 13 which has two units providing both swift water and dive rescue capabilities, and Station 24 which provides swift water rescue capability. The team is equipped with multiple inflatable boats, trailers and apparatus to respond to any water related emergency within the city or the region.

Heavy Technical Rescue

The City of Richmond provides Heavy Technical Rescue (HTR) services out of Fire Station 10. The team provides specialized rescue capabilities to include high and low angle rope rescues, confined space rescues, trench rescues, structural collapse rescue, heavy vehicle extrications and other technically challenging rescue situations. The members assigned to Station 10 utilize their front-line apparatus (Engine 10 and Truck 3), a heavy rescue (Rescue 2) and a large box truck (HTR 1) to transport their specialized equipment to the emergency scene. The members of Station 10 are also members of the Central Virginia Technical Rescue Team. This team is made up of members from multiple fire departments in Central Virginia providing HTR rescue services throughout Central Virginia.

 Hazardous Materials and Foam Response

The City of Richmond provides Hazardous Materials Response from Fire Station 22. This highly trained team is supported by two specialized foam teams operating out of Fire Station 21 and Fire Station 8. The hazardous materials teams respond throughout the city and region to any report of a chemical release or spill. They are responsible for identifying the product and stopping or containing the release to ensure it is not a hazard to the population or the environment. The two foam teams work closely with the hazardous materials team to ensure that flammable liquid releases or fires, which cannot be extinguished with water, are controlled or extinguished safely and appropriately. These teams are highly trained in their response and utilization of their specialized equipment.