Charlottesville Fire Department

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The Charlottesville Fire Department has its primary responsibility to the citizens of Charlottesville. In addition, the fire department provides contractual fire protection for the County of Albemarle and the University of Virginia. Contractual services to Albemarle are provided as a supplementary response to an efficient volunteer and career Fire/EMS system.

The 95-member (as of June 14, 2020) fire department provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, technical rescue, and community risk reduction services to the residents of Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, and parts of Albemarle County. The fire department executive management team is comprised of the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction, and Deputy Chief of Business Management.

The Charlottesville Fire Department also dispatches fire/first responder calls for Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.

The Charlottesville Fire Department's daily operations include five engine companies, a ladder company, and one Battalion Chief.[1]

Annual budget

The department has an FY20 operating budget of $12,539,795.

There are increasingly concerns about the cost of overtime and the impact overtime has on medics and firefighters. [2]


Charlottesville and Albemarle County periodically bring up the topic of consolidating the two localities' fire departments.

  • In March 2011, a committee made up of members from across the community concluded that merging the two departments would not save any money. [4]

Firehouses and apparatus

The fire department operates out of three stations. The headquarters are located on Ridge Street. A permanent station is located on the Route 250 bypass, and a temporary station is located on Ivy Road. The city opened a $14 million permanent fire station on Fontaine Avenue in January 2014.

The Ridge Street station was built in 1959 or 1960 and replaced a firehouse that was on Water Street near the top of Vinegar Hill. [5]


The origins of the Charlottesville Fire Department go back to 1865.

Fire Chiefs

Notable fires


See Also

Charlottesville Volunteer Fire Company


  1. Fire Department City of Charlottesville, Retrieved 3 Jun 2009
  2. Web. As overtime takes its toll, city fire crews back budget request for additional staff, Bryan McKenzie and Nolan Stout, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, February 24, 2020, retrieved February 25, 2020. Print. February 24, 2020 page A1.
  3. Web. Consultants recommend against consolidation of City-County fire-rescue services, Brian Wheeler, Blog post, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 27, 2007, retrieved June 22, 2018.
  4. Web. Council hears report on cooperative work with Albemarle, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 11, 2011, retrieved June 22, 2018.
  5. Print: Bids on Firehouse Exceed Estimates, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 7, 1959, Page .
  6. Web. Charlottesville Fire Chief Announces Retirement in Summer of 2015, Press Release, City of Charlottesville, April 3, 2015, retrieved December 27, 2016.
  7. Web. Aged Woman Dies After Home Burns, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, November 22, 1940, retrieved November 22, 2022. Print. November 22, 1940 page 1.

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