Charlottesville Fire Department is proud to serve our city, and we invite members of our community to visit our stations, meet our teams and learn more about how we work.
We welcome families and individuals daily during regular business hours and offer tours for schools and groups that are scheduled in advance.
Schools + Groups
Schools and groups are invited to schedule a visit to one of our three stations in Charlottesville. Group tours typically last 20-30 minutes and are limited to 25 people. Parking at all stations is limited, so it may be necessary to park off-site and walk to the station.
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Contact | 434.970.3240 to schedule a group tour
Individuals + Families
Individuals and families may stop by one of our three fire stations during regular business hours and request a tour. Please understand that our stations are secure, so an employee must provide access. If all units are on call, it is possible you will have to wait until they return to the station.
Please note | We cannot host birthday parties at our stations or send our engines to parties, but we do welcome groups from birthday parties if they would like a tour of the station/fire engines.
Drop-by hours | 7 days a week, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Anyone age 16 or older may request a ride along on a fire engine. Ride along participants will be given a tour of their assigned station and all fire apparatus. During a shift, ride alongs will travel with the assigned crew to all emergency calls and get to observe that day’s training. All ride alongs must be requested at least 24 hours in advance and ride alongs are only allowed during daylight hours.
To request a ride along, please see the following:
If you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign your liability release
All participants must submit the attached ride along request and submit it in person to the on-duty captain at any CFD station during normal business hours.
To prepare for your ride along:
You must wear navy slacks – no jeans, a navy polo without large logos, and closed toe shoes – preferably boots.
Bring a meal, depending on the length of your ride along.
During your ride along, even if you are a member of a volunteer or paid fire department, you may not participate in fire ground operations.
Think of questions you may have for the crew you are assigned.
The day of your ride along:
Show up on time to the station you are assigned. If you have any questions, please ask when you get your ride along information.
Be ready to have an exciting day with the Charlottesville Fire Department!
9/11 Memorial at Station 10
The 9/11 Memorial at Station 10 includes three artifacts from September 11, 2001: a face stone from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA; steel from the North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, NY; and a rock from the field in Shanksville, PA, where U.S. Airlines Flight 93 crashed.
Citizens are invited to visit the memorial at Station 10 during regular business hours. Please understand that our stations are secure, so an employee must provide access. If all units are on call, it is possible you will have to wait until they return to the station.
Location | Station 10 – 2420 Fontaine Ave. Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hours | Daily, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact | 434.970.3240