PENTAGON FORCE PROTECTION
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is mandated to protect and safeguard personnel,
visitors, infrastructure, and other resources of the Pentagon Facilities. PFPA also provides
security services for DoD-occupied facilities within the National Capital Region (NCR). PFPA
accomplishes its law enforcement mission with a combination of federal police officers, criminal
investigators, and security professionals.
In addition to the law enforcement elements of its mission, PFPA is responsible for mail
screening operations at the Pentagon Reservation. PFPA uses multiple technologies to screen all
incoming mail and packages for possible hazards. Each day the agency screens more than 3,000
pieces of United States Postal Service mail, packages, and parcels. All personnel are reminded that
items sent to the Pentagon Reservation are for Official Government Business only. There should
be no mailing of personal items to the Pentagon.
PFPA’s other security responsibilities include lock installation and services (including security
alarms); disposal of classified waste; communications security; and access control, including
issuance of access credentials for tenants and visitors.
For more information about the services PFPA is chartered to provide, please visit their website at
PENTAGON RESERVATION EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
The Pentagon Reservation Emergency Response Program encompasses a number of protective
capabilities ranging from sophisticated Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and
Explosives (CBRNE) detection systems to highly trained emergency response professionals. All
personnel are critical to the success of this program as an educated, informed, and cooperative
occupant. Administrative Instruction (AI) 111, “Component Emergency Response on the
Pentagon Reservation,” December 2, 2010, provides guidance on Pentagon emergency response
capabilities and defines individual responsibilities if an emergency situation occurs on the
All Pentagon Reservation personnel are responsible for:
Understanding and executing component response plans, which incorporate the
Pentagon’s three emergency response actions (shelter in place, relocate, or evacuate).
Assembling an individual “go-kit” of emergency items (optional) which can be used
during an extended shelter-in-place situation or following decontamination operations.
Advising their supervisor of any special need requirements.
Recommended items for a go-kit include water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, a change of
clothes, comfortable shoes, medication needed on a daily basis, duplicate car/house keys, and basic
The Office of the Pentagon Fire Marshal (OPFM), located in the WHS FSD, has overall
responsibility for establishing, assigning, and managing egress routes and assembly areas for the
Pentagon Reservation. These routes and assembly areas are not only used in the event of a fire but for all emergencies requiring the evacuation of Pentagon occupants. In addition, the OPFM develops
emergency response plans for employees with special needs. The Pentagon receives emergency fire
support from Arlington County.
The OPFM emergency egress tutorial can be located at: https://fire.whs.mil/
For questions about the Pentagon Reservation Emergency Response Program, call 703-571-PREP
(7737) or e-mail PFPAOEM@pfpa.mil
The Pentagon Operations Center (POC) operates 24/7, 365 days of the year. In a fire emergency,
contact the IEOC at 703-697-1001.
PHYSICAL SECURITY AT CEREMONIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
The component Protocol Office will coordinate ceremony and special event details with the PFPA
Special Events Unit (SEU). PFPA SEU will then coordinate appropriate security coverage with
the assigned Military Service Protective details.
Individuals holding a valid DoD Common Access Card can obtain list of PFPA points of contact information and
locations for additional information at https://customerresources.whs.mil/HRD/.
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