The Charlottesville Fire Department provides fire protection, emergency response, and fire safety education to the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.
Our professional department of full-time, career firefighters has served this vibrant community since 1865. Our mission is to protect our public by providing superior fire and emergency services focused on customer service, education, prevention, and preparedness.
Four core values inspire our work: Family, Integrity, Respect and Excellence. For more than 150 years, these values have strengthened our department and guided our service to this community. It is in the spirit of these values that we continue to serve and protect the people of Charlottesville — every hour, every day, every year.
The City of Charlottesville is taking steps to combat distracted driving in and around its City Schools as part of safe routes to school program. Distracted driving is a serious problem on America's roads. Examples include eating your breakfast on your way to work, texting your friends or reading email on your phone. Area schools are back in session that means children and parents are going to be walking, bicycling and waiting for the school bus so drivers need to be paying extra attention. Distraction is also a problem for people walking and bicycling. For more information of being a safe pedestrian, see the link above.
Each year, the Charlottesville Fire Department publishes its annual report. This report contains numerous statistics about the department, our organizational chart, our goals, a breakdown of our budget and incident responses, and many other details. This document alone might be able to answer many of the questions you might have about how we operate. The annual report is typically released in the first quarter of each year for the past calendar year. You can find our 2015 Annual Report below.
Earlier this year, the Charlottesville Fire Department published its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The mission, vision, and values in this plan will provide us with a road map for our continued pursuit of excellence.The development of this plan was facilitated by a team from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) Technical Advisory Program (TAP) along with fire department personnel, community members, our partners in public safety, and local government. You can find our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan below.