The Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton (OWL) Volunteer Fire Department is one of the largest volunteer departments in the country. With over 300 active members and three fire stations in operation, OWL runs approximately 14,000 calls a year. We serve over 60,000 people in our first due areas.
We are part of the combination career/volunteer fire and rescue service in Prince William County, Virginia which is located approximately 22 miles south of Washington, D.C. Volunteer departments own and operate the seventeen fire and rescue stations the serve Prince William County. They are responsible for operations from 6 pm - 6 am Monday - Friday and on weekends and holidays. The career staff from the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue is responsible for operations during the workweek. The two systems work together under the auspices of the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Association. The Association is made up of the various volunteer Chiefs and the Chief and representatives of the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue.
Our department is headed by a President and Fire Chief who are responsible for the administrative and operational functions, respectively.
Our department operates seven Class A pumpers, one 110' aerial ladder truck, one 105' tower ladder, one Heavy Rescue Squad, three boats, seven Advanced Life Support Ambulances, a mass causality tailer, two light trailers, three brush trucks, one advanced life support chase vehicles, one collapse rescue unit, one EMS transport cart, two utility pick-up trucks, one stake body utility truck and one light & air unit. The apparatus is divided among the three stations and a maintenance facility.
Membership is open to area residents age 18 years or older, who are willing to donate their time and energy in to a progressive organization. OWL has many different needs from active members who ride the emergency apparatus to administrative and associate members who provide necessary administrative support to the operational side of the department. For a citizen ages 15 and eight months through 18, OWL has an active Junior Fire Department.
Active members are assigned to one of six duty crews and one of the three fire stations we operate. Members usually choose to run fire or EMS when they join the Department but cross-training is always encouraged. During the week, our shifts start at 6 pm and end between 6am. On weekends and holidays the shifts start at 8 am and run for twenty-four hours. Family members are always encouraged to visit when our members are on duty.