Our Stations & Fleet
We operate out of three fire stations within the City of Charlottesville, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our fleet includes:
- Four fire engines
- One ambulance
- One ladder
- One tower
- Several support vehicles
Updates to the Stations
Charlottesville Fire Department added a state-of-the-art fire station in 2013 - the first new station in the city in 50 years. Its location on Fontaine Avenue improves our emergency response capability to the University of Virginia and provides greater protection to the citizens and property located in the southwest sector of the city. The Ridge Street Station has recently undergone major renovations, completed early 2018. The renovations included changes to the vehicle bays, a new gear room, an updated kitchen, and a remodel of the sleeping areas.
Dr. Hezedean Smith, CFOFire ChiefPhone: 434-970-3323Fire Chief Dr. Hezedean Smith, originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, is a US Air Force veteran, where he served as an Emergency Medical Service Specialist from 1988 to 1992. His fire service career started in 1992 in Central Florida. He served from 1996 to 2020 in the Orlando Fire Department and retired as a Chief Officer. Chief Smith joined the Charlottesville Fire Department family in 2020 after retiring from Orlando (FL). Dr. Smith holds a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Phoenix, a Master's Degree in Organizational Management, and degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services. His credentials include Chief Fire Officer, Chief EMS Officer, Certified Public Manager, Executive Fire & EMS Officer, a Fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, and a Nationally Registered Paramedic.
Emily Pelliccia, BSDeputy Chief of OperationsPhone: 434-970-3550Deputy Chief Emily Pelliccia is responsible for the Emergency Operations Bureau and human resources. A life-long resident of the city, Emily joined the CFD family in 1994. Chief Pelliccia holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management, is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and is currently finishing a Master's in Homeland Security at Naval Postgraduate Academy.
Joe Powers, MPA, CFODeputy Chief - Community Risk ReductionPhone: 434-970-3528Deputy Chief Joe Powers is responsible for the Community Risk Reduction Bureau, including accreditation, ISO, planning, and is the city's appointed fire official. Chief Powers joined CFD in 2020 after serving twenty years in Henrico County, Virginia. Chief Powers holds a master's degree in Public Administration, is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and a credential Chief Fire Officer.
Mike Rogers, BADeputy Chief - Business ServicesPhone: 434-970-3244Deputy Chief Mike Rogers, a second-generation Charlottesville firefighter, is responsible for the Business Management Bureau, including budget administration, logistics, and fleet. Chief Rogers joined CFD in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Labor Health and Safety and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic.