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.
Fire Prevention


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.

Marine and Ice Rescue

CVFD maintains multiple apparatus capable of operating in water or ice rescue scenarios. In addition to cold water suits for ice rescue, CVFD has Marine 2, an 18' hard bottom Zodiac with outboard motor which is mobile and can respond to any body of water, as well as Marine 3 which is a 25' 2005 SAFE boat. Marine 3 is moored during the summer at Thompson's Point Marina and is ready to respond to any emergency on Lake Champlain with a moments notice. ​Marine 3 is capable of a wide variety of rescue operations and patient retrieval from the lake.   

Fire Suppression

CVFD utilizes state of the art fire suppression techniques on its vehicles and apparatus.


Responding to a structural fire, CVFD responds with:

  • Engine 2 - 2,000 GPM CAFS, 1250 gallons of water, 30 gallons of Class A foam

  • Engine 1 - 2,000 GPM CAFS, 1,000 gallons of water, 30 gallons of Class A foam

  • Tanker - 500 GPM, front mounted pump - 1,500 gallons of water

  • Rescue 3 - AMKUS Ultimate extrication system, Command post equipment

  • Other apparatus as needed


In addition, we have automatic mutual aid partners in surrounding communities who respond with similar apparatus, as well as an ambulance response to every CVFD call. 



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.

Mutual Aid

​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

Community Outreach


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


Interested in becoming a member?  Call 425-3111