Crozet Volunteer Fire Department

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The Crozet Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1910 by farmers and other citizens who sought protection from fires. The first infrastructure installed was a siren on the Apple Cold Storage building.

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Until the fall of 2020, CVFD was one of three remaining all-volunteer companies in Albemarle. [1] However, the department has request professional firefighters to staff the firehouse during the weekday to supplement service due to a lack of volunteers and an inability to respond to some calls. [2]

Professional staff joined the department in the fall of 2020. [3]

The chief is Gary Dillon.


The first water supply was a gravity fed pipe from Mint Springs. The original fire house was built on Route 810 in 1930. A new building next door to the original was built in 1965. The VFD now operates from a station built on Route 240 in 1985[4].

In April 1948, the department installed streetlights as a way to improve nighttime driving conditions. [5]

In 2013, the CVFD protested a decision by the Albemarle Board of Supervisors to not allow professionals to work unpaid as volunteers.

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  1. Web. CVFD Exasperated Over County Volunteering Policy, Crozet Gazette, Crozet Gazette, retrieved May 6, 2012. Print. May 5, 2013 .
  2. Web. Lacking volunteers, Crozet fire company seeks county's help, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, November 27, 2019, retrieved November 29, 2019. Print. November 28, 2019 page A1.
  3. Web. Crozet Fire Department Welcomes Career Staff, Clover Carroll, Crozet Gazette, Crozet Gazette, November 6, 2020, retrieved November 7, 2020.
  4. Web. Proclamation recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Crozet Volunteer Fire Company., Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, retrieved October 1, 2010.
  5. Web. Crozet Firemen Erect Twelve Street Lights, Plan 30 More, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 8, 1948, retrieved January 8, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.

External links

Official site