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.

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


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.


Our hiring process occurs around once a year. The hiring process is currently closed. We do not accept applications unless we have an opening and the application period is active. 

Firefighters deploying the ladderCharlottesville 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


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