Charlotte Fire Department is comprised of volunteers and one full-time firefighter. We respond to emergency calls, motor vehicle accidents and fires of all types, as well as fire and carbon monoxide alarm activations.
Operating Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are required in all residences and they have saved lives in Charlotte.
Please change batteries and test these detectors at least annually and replace if they are older than 7 years.
The Department participates in a number of annual events: Fire Prevention Week at Charlotte Central School, Extrication Exercise at Town Day, preschool station tours, and story hours at the Charlotte Library.
CVFD holds two fundraisers - Fire & Ice in the winter and Annual Pig Roast in late summer.
Interested in becoming a member? Call 425-3111
Charlotte and surrounding towns operate under mutual aid agreements. CVFD has automatic mutual aid with Shelburne. Members of the mutual agreement include: Ferrisburg, Hinesburg, Monkton, Shelburne, and Vergennes.
Twenty-three active members, remaining at an historically low number, spent 2,255 hours training on evenings and weekends locally and at focused regional trainings. This time away from home and work can be taxing on individuals and their families and we are indebted to our members for the service they are providing to their town. The Department supplemented our weekly training with several specialized courses including rope rescue, vehicle extrication, ice and water rescue, and search and rescue.
CVFD utilizes state of the art fire suppression techniques on its vechicles and apparatus.
When responding to a structural fire, CVFD responds with:
Engine 1 - 2,000 GPM CAFS, 1,000 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam
Engine 4 - 1,250 GPM CAFS, 250 gallons of water and 20 gallons of foam
Tanker - 500 GPM, front mounted pump - 1,500 gallons of water
In addition, we have automatic mutual aid partners in surrounding communities who respond wiith similar apparatus.