Charlotte Fire 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.
CVFRS utilizes state of the art fire suppression techniques on its vehicles and apparatus.
Responding to a structural fire, CVFRS 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 call.
Charlotte and surrounding towns operate under mutual aid agreements. CVFRS FIRE 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.
Marine and Ice Rescue
CVFRS maintains multiple apparatus capable of operating in water or ice rescue scenarios. In addition to cold water suits for ice rescue, CVFRS 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 Point Bay 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.
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.
CVFRS holds an annual fundraisers, Fire & Ice in the Spring.