Burn Ban in effect
The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2013 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.
This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.
For more information, please visit the Department of Forestry.
News and Alerts
- Please take the time to review our strategic plan. Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions.
- Albemarle County Fire Rescue is seeking new team members! Click on our hiring information page for more details.
Do you need detectors installed? We can help, look here for more information.
About our Department
Albemarle County has a unique emergency services system. Volunteer and career personnel cooperatively provide fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to the community while partnering with other local and regional emergency services organizations. We are an equal opportunity, progressive organization whose goal is to provide the highest quality service within the constraints of our funding and personnel resources.
The department provides emergency fire, rescue, and medical services for nearly 93,000 residents and 726 square miles of land. Our stations serve response areas that are urban and rural with an annual population growth increase of 2.1 percent. Our population growth, while moderate compared to some, challenges us to find creative ways to maintain high standards and meet our ever-increasing demands for service.
Albemarle County maintains a centralized headquarters to coordinate the provision of fire, rescue, and emergency medical services. Commonly referred to as ACFR, these staff members handle administrative tasks, training, volunteer programs, fire prevention and life safety programs, and provide career operations staffing to supplement volunteer staffing.
Our system has approximately 600 active volunteers who provide life and property saving services to its citizens. Volunteers make up over 75% of the total number of emergency response personnel, saving Albemarle County taxpayers millions of dollars per year. We are actively recruiting volunteers for all fire and rescue stations throughout Albemarle County, Virginia. Make a difference in your community and volunteer today. It’s exciting and rewarding.
You can make a difference. We provide all necessary training at no cost to you and have volunteer opportunities for everyone—from emergency medical services and fire fighting to administrative jobs helping behind the scenes. Contact us today!
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