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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.


 This Month in Fire Safety

Keeping your pets safe during the winter weather

The Emergency Communications Center has put together the below flyer showing the different steps you should take to make sure you and your pets are safe during the upcoming winter season. Make sure you have plenty of extra food and water in case you are not able to leave your house.

Pet Safety flyer


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.

CFD Annual Report 2015


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.

2015-2020 Charlottesville Fire Department Strategic Plan


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