About Us

A Brief History

Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue Inc. was be established in Rappahannock County in 1939 as “Company 1.”  The company was initially housed on Main Street, across from the Courthouse and moved to the current location off Warren Avenue in the late 1970’s. The existing station was built by the then members to include a hall capable of housing community events. In 2004, we completed the addition of 3-bay building to house fire apparatus and continued to use the 2 bays of the existing building for Ambulances. We were growing and apparatus was getting bigger so the addition met our needs..

Meet our Volunteers

We have almost 50 active volunteers.  Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds: from high school students to a retired Coast Guard officer, from VDOT employees to active Sheriff’s Office Deputies. They are all united in the desire to provide rapid, compassionate and professional quality emergency services to their community.

 For 2019, our officers are:

  • President: Bill Walton
  • Vice President: John Lesinski
  • Treasurer:  Kaye Clark
  • Secretary: John Jamieson
  • Chief: Ann Spieker
  • Assistant Chief: Bobby Smoot
  • 2nd Assistant Chief: Jonathan Bankston

Other officers are:

  • Captain – Fire: Sean Knick
  • Lieutenant – Fire: Charles Crawford
  • EMS Assistant Chief :Russ Collins
  • EMS Captain : Gary Jenkins Jr
  • EMS Lieutenant : Lisa Palmer

Rappahannock Fire and Rescue Association delegates are Ann Spieker, Virginia Valentine, and Gary Jenkins Jr; alternate delegates are  Bill Walton, Sean Knick, and Russ Collins.


  • Russ Collins
  • Shirley Franey
  • Bobby Smoot

Want to know more about our equipment? Read here.