We are one of the three divisions under the umbrella of the Fluvanna Volunteer Fire Department; the other two being Kents Store and Fork Union Fire Companies. Together, we serve and protect our community while maintaining our commitment to economic efficiency and minimal tax subsidization.
Our fire house is staffed with approximately 30 active firefighters. All of our members are volunteers.
Please note that all organization-wide decisions are made through the Board of Directors.
Company 1 is financially supported by taxes, private donations, federal grants, and fundraising events, through the assistance of our auxiliary members. With these funds we acquire and operate the firefighting apparatus, equip and train the firefighters, maintain the firehouse, and cover life insurance, worker’s compensation, and other post-injury benefits. Anyone who wishes to make a monetary donation can send it to our attention at P.O. Box 164 Palmyra, Virginia 22963.
Company 1 is dispatched to respond to calls regarding fire, hazardous materials, equipment or vehicle accidents, medical, public service, fire alarm activations, roadway hazards, smoke and odor investigations, and lift assists. With Fluvanna County’s rural setting, Company 1 is fortunate to include first responders and emergency medical technicians on our roster. Company 1 also responds to nearby fire departments to provide mutual aid as a means for assisting each other with equipment and manpower, when necessary.
We are reached the same way as other emergency services, by calling 911. A dispatcher with the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Department will answer your call, then dispatch us out through pagers, walkies and text messaging. Average response times may be longer than with full-time services because our members must come from different distances to the station or to the incident. Our firefighters and first responders are allowed the use of red and white flashing emergency lights on their privately owned vehicles, along with a red tag attached to their license plate notifying you that they are a member of the fire department. This is to get your attention so that you can pull over and allow them to pass.
Our firefighters regularly participate in trainings and demonstrations; for your safety and theirs. We have a training area set up outside of the firehouse for vehicle stabilization and extrication demonstration and trainings. We also have a Fluvanna County Fire and Rescue training officer, as well as our own training officer who evaluates our training needs and sets up various levels of in-house and offsite training and certification courses. Our training programs equal to that of paid departments. Specialty training can include wildland firefighting, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, mayday firefighter down and others.