Join CFD

Firefighters loading a stretcherBe 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.

Apply Today

Our hiring process is currently closed.  Our application period closed on December 2, 2020.

Click here for the Firefighter Hiring Process Overview (PDF) .  This document provides important details and dates to be successful in the process 2020/2021 process.  

Also, Personal History Questionaire (PDF) must be completed in consideration of employment.

Emergency Response

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
  • Medical
  • Public Service Calls
  • Special & Technical Rescue Situations
  • Vehicle Crashes

Shifts

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.

Firefighters deploying the ladder


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 Fire Company:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Service Application (PDF)
  2. Present your completed application in person at the Charlottesville Volunteer Fire Company regular monthly meeting

Monthly Meeting

Meetings

  • 7 pm
  • 1st Tuesday of every month
  • Headquarters Station
    203 Ridge Street
    Charlottesville, VA 22902