CFD Administration

City of Charlottesville Fire Station 1

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
  • Two ALS Ambulances
  • One Tiller Ladder Truck
  • One Mid-Mount 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 in early 2018. The renovations included changes to the vehicle bays, a new gear room, an updated kitchen, and a remodel of the sleeping areas.

  1. Michael Thomas Staff Directory Headshot

    Michael Thomas, BS, CFO, EMT-B

    Fire Chief

    Fire Chief Michael Thomas joined the Charlottesville Fire Department in 2022 with 30-plus years of fire service.  Chief Thomas has served in many roles throughout his career, including Fire Marshal’s Office, Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction, Operations Battalion Chief, and Special Teams Captain. Chief Thomas received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Chief Fire Officer designation, and an Associate Degree in Fire Science.


  2. Mike Rogers Headshot

    Mike Rogers, BS, NREMT-P

    Deputy Chief - Business Services & Operations

    Deputy Chief Mike Rogers, a second-generation Charlottesville firefighter, leads the department's business management efforts, including budget administration, facilities, logistics, fleet, training & professional standards, and emergency operations.  Mike joined CFD in 2000, holds a bachelor's in labor, health, and safety, and is a nationally registered paramedic.


  3. Scott Carpenter Headshot

    Scott Carpenter, BS, NREMT-P

    Deputy Chief - Operations

    Chief Carpenter is a lifetime resident of the Charlottesville community who became a volunteer firefighter at the age of 15. After officially beginning his fire service journey in 1989, he joined Charlottesville Fire Department in 2000. As the Deputy Chief of Emergency Services, his duties include oversight of all emergency response activities, strategic planning, and logistics. Since 2000, Chief Carpenter has served as a Firefighter, Medic, Captain, and Battalion Chief; he was an original member of the department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team. Chief Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and is a state-certified Fire Instructor and Fire Officer.