Be a Part of Our Team
Charlottesville Fire Department includes a team of full-time, professional firefighters as well as support personnel and administrative staff. Our force includes firefighters of varying ages and backgrounds, unified around our core values of Family, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence.
Click here for the Firefighter Hiring Process Overview (PDF). This document provides important details and dates to be successful in the 2023 process.
Also, a Personal History Questionnaire (PDF) must be completed in consideration of employment. The PHQ must be submitted when contacted by the department. Please complete the PHQ ahead of time, so it will be ready for submission by the deadline when requested.
Accepting Lateral Firefighters
Firefighters who are currently certified at the firefighter level I (IFSAC or ProBoard) and Medics (NREMT or commonwealth of Virginia) at a career fire department with 12 months of experience will be considered lateral firefighters. Upon hire, lateral firefighters will participate in a two-week orientation process in lieu of a full academy. Out-of-state hires will also need to seek reciprocity.
In addition to fire suppression and prevention, we provide emergency response for the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia, including various types of calls:
- Hazardous Materials
- Public Service Calls
- Special & Technical Rescue Situations
- Vehicle Crashes
Fiscal year 2021
5,717 | Total Calls for Service
3,612 | Medical Calls
2,105 | Fire & Other Calls
Our operations teams are assigned to one of three shifts - A, B, or C - and normally work a 56-hour workweek consisting of three 24-hour shifts (7 am to 7 am the following day) every nine days.
Charlottesville Volunteer Fire Company
Our team includes a select number of volunteers who work with our full-time members to provide fire suppression and emergency response support.
Become a Member
You must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteer applicants will be subject to a physical exam and drug screening. To become a member of the Charlottesville Volunteer FireCompany:
- Fill out the Volunteer Service Application (PDF)
- Present your completed application in person at the Charlottesville Volunteer Fire Company's regular monthly meeting
- 7 pm
- 1st Tuesday of every month
- Headquarters Station
203 Ridge Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902