Health & Safety
Alexandria offers world-class health care providers and facilities. Inova Alexandria Hospital is one of the largest health care providers in Northern Virginia. This 363-bed facility cares for more than 50,000 patients yearly. The hospital offers a full-service emergency department, an obstetric and maternity unit, CT scanning, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, a poison control center, and comprehensive surgical capabilities. Dozens of additional hospitals are located in the region, including four major medical schools with hospitals nearby. There are also 360 physicians, 120 dentists, and various walk-in clinics located in the City of Alexandria.
The Alexandria Health Department implements statewide health programs and provides clinics, nutritional planning, dental care, and more for residents. The department’s mission is to protect and promote the health and well-being of Alexandria communities. Visit the City‘s website for more information about the Alexandria Health Department.
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria maintains a highly trained, diverse, and well-equipped police department, with a current authorized strength of 320 sworn and 138 civilian employees. The mission of the Alexandria Police Department is to provide competent, courteous, professional, and community-oriented police services. The department is headquartered at 3600 Wheeler Avenue, in a modern 124,000-square-foot four-story building that was completed in 2012. Visit the City‘s website for more information on the Alexandria Police Department.
Alexandria Fire Department
The Alexandria Fire Department holds a special place in the history of the City of Alexandria. Founded in 1774, it counts President George Washington among its early members. The first paid professional firefighters were hired in 1855.
Today, the department employs more than 250 professional personnel, which include firefighters, paramedics, fire prevention staff, and administrative support. A network of nine stations protects 15 square miles. Among the department’s specialized teams are the Northern Virginia Regional Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue, Marine Operations, and the Special Operations Team. Visit the City‘s website for more information on the Alexandria Fire Department.