Dumfries, Haymarket, Quantico and Occoquan. The combined area of Prince William
County and the independent cities and towns is 360 square miles (Appendix B).
According to Census 2000, the population of Prince William County was 280,813
persons as of April 1, 2000. Between 1990 and 2000 the populations of the County grew
by 30.2%. Even though this represents relatively rapid growth, it is not as fast as in some
previous decades (Prince William County Office of Information Technology, 2002).
According to Census 2000, Prince William County is the third most populous
jurisdiction in Virginia. More than 65,000 people have been added to the County’s
population in the past decade, once again ranking it third in Virginia (behind Fairfax
County and Loudoun County) for most population added during the 1990’s (Prince
William County Office of Information Technology, 2002).
The current estimated population of Prince William County is 306,229 persons (as
of March 15, 2002). The County population has grown by 42% since 1990 when the
population was 215,686 persons. The average annual increase since 1990 is
approximately 7,570 persons and the average annual growth rate is 2.93%. The County is
projected to grow over 400,000 persons by 2020 (Prince William County Office of
Information Technology, 2002).
In comparison to the population growth, the Department of Fire and Rescue
incident call volume in 2001 was 27,267 total incidents. The department had 13,196
incidents in 1980 and 17,297 incidents in 1990 (Appendix C). The average annual
incident volume growth rate from 1980 through 2001 has been 4.07%.
Today the PWCDFR is a combination department, which consists of 800
volunteers and 282 career personnel staffing 18 fire and rescue stations. Together they