Rodney Woodward


Meet Captain Rodney Woodward, Fauquier County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management. Captain Woodward’s journey in the world of fire and rescue commenced in 1971 when he became a cadet at the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department. Inspired by his father, who was also a firefighter, Captain Woodward wholeheartedly embraced the calling of fire and rescue, setting the course for his lifelong dedication. For 28 years, Captain Woodward’s career flourished within the ranks of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

In 2005, he brought his wealth of experience and expertise to the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company, marking the start of a new chapter. Notably, in 2014, Captain Woodward was the fourth paid firefighter hired by the town of Warrenton, further solidifying his commitment to the community. Captain Woodward has been serving our company as a career firefighter ever since. Captain Woodward’s unwavering dedication shines through as he reflects on his role, stating that the best part of his job is “to protect the community. You see people at their worst time, and when you go to these calls, you actually make a difference and help them.” Captain Woodward carries forward a rich family tradition of firefighting, proudly serving alongside his son, Rodney Woodward Jr., exemplifying the true essence of generational commitment to service.

In his well-deserved free time, Captain Woodward finds solace in the company of his four dogs and frequents the Warrenton Farmer’s Market each weekend, allowing him to recharge and connect with his community in a different way.