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Last Updated: 2010-01-12


The goal of the Training Division is to establish and maintain training programs that meet mandated Federal and State certifications, develop and deliver programs that address regional training needs, ensure training is relevant and current to sustain an accurate Records Management System, and provide development training opportunities for firefighters and officers.

You can contact Training at 646-4809

The Role of the Chief of Training

The Training Chief plans, organizes, coordinates, interacts with other divisions, conducts and schedules training for Department of Fire and Life Safety personnel in emergency medical services, fire suppression, hazardous materials, driver training, and rescue. The Training Chief also assists in coordinating and administering a variety of tests including entry level testing for Firefighter/Paramedics and promotional exams; assists with career development programs; and implements training needs identified in the quality assurance/improvement program.

Chief Epps

Battalion Chief Rodney Epps began his career with the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services in January of 1998. Battalion Chief Epps served as a firefighter at Fire Station 10 in both Quint 10 and Rescue Company 2 that were housed at that station. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2005 and served for a short period with Rescue Company 3 before being reassigned to the Fire Training Academy in early 2006. He served as the Lieutenant of Recruit Training for 3 years training over 80 recruits during his time at the Training Academy. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2009 and was assigned to return to Fire Station 10 as the Captain of Rescue 2. After 7 years in Rescue 2, Captain Epps accepted a request to become the Captain of the Fire Investigations Unit as a member of the Fire Marshal’s Office. He remained in the Fire Marshal’s Office for a year before he was promoted to Battalion Chief in September of 2016 and assigned to the Fire Training Academy.

As the Chief of Training, Chief Epps manages all aspects of Recruit, Fire Company and Career Development training for the Richmond Fire Department. Battalion Chief Epps is a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves and a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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