STVFD Calls increase 5% from previous year

January 18, 2016

In 2015 STVFD ran a total of 2266 incidents, an increase of 5% over incidents run in 2014. You can view all call data since 2008 by clicking here.

Seminole Trail units battle apartment fire in first due (VIDEO)

16-DEC, 14:58

Engine 82 & Tower 88 responded to an apartment fire on Inglewood Drive along with other fire units from Charlottesville, Ivy, Monticello, Earlysville, Hollymead, and CARS . Upon arrival E1 (CFD) reported fire showing on side bravo. A quick knockdown kept damage to the apartment of origin. The cause was reported as unattended cooking in the kitchen. One person suffered a minor injury due to the fire. Units we all in service within 2 hours.

Santa schedules yet another pre-plan of Rio district before the big day

It is with great joy that the Volunteers at STVFD have learned that Kris Kringle will be visiting our neighbors once again this year to do what has become an annual pre-plan of a few of our neighborhoods to refresh his memory and confirm his list.

Surprisingly he is already well informed about the Rio/29 construction and mentioned how glad he is that Donner, Blitzen, and the rest of his crew will not need to navigate the detours at the heart of Station 8's first due area that will be challenging both the fire trucks and ambulances responding from Station 8 during the evening hours for many months to come.

Because of these changes and related logistical challenges the routes this year have been simplified a bit. Please take a look here:
and make plans to join us as we accompany St. Nick as he meets our neighbors and sprinkles candy canes throughout the land.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones!


2 STVFD Engine companies respond to a house struck by lightning in Forest Lakes South

20-JUNE, 18:12

Engines 81 & 82 were second and third due on a house struck by lightning in Forest Lakes South. Upon arrival E121 reported fire coming thru the roof of the 2 story home. Station 8 units arrive just a minute later and were on the scene for over 3 hours.

Mallside Forest Ct. apartment fire ruled arson

18-JUNE, 16:32

Tower 88 and Engine 82 responded to a Reduced Structure Fire in the Mallside Forest Ct. Apartments. Upon arrival units had smoke showing from the front of the complex and they filled box. Four additional engines were added to the response but after a quick knockdown by STVFD crews E151 was placed in service. Residential sprinklers held the fire in check until the fire units arrived. The fire was determined to be intentionally set according to ACFR Investigations.

Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates Completion of New Station at November 23 Ceremony

November 23, 2014

On Sunday, November 23, Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department officials were joined by members of their Board of Directors and Albemarle County officials at a grand opening and dedication ceremony celebrating the completion of the new station. The celebration began at the station at 1pm, followed by an open house from 1:45 – 4:00 pm.

This ceremony marks the completion of the 7,500 sq. ft. addition and full renovation of the existing 7,500 sq. ft. facility. Enhancements include expansion of living quarters, bringing the existing facility up to code, and the addition of several flexible spaces that can be used for training, meeting, or conducting study sessions. Additionally, a two-bay edition was added, which allows for more room for existing apparatus and will accommodate expansion for future units.

Tower 88 responds for an elevated rescue in Western Albemarle County

Crews from Seminole Trail responded with Tower 88 to a special rescue situation on Morgantown Road. A utility working in a bucket truck contacted energized electrical lines and was electrocuted. The story on NBC 29 is linked below.

STVFD crews kept busy over the past weeks assisting on Structure fires

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Thanks to Justin Ide for fireground photos

January 28, 2014

STVFD volunteers have been quite busy over the past week assisting on multiple fires in Albemarle County. It all started with

Apartment Fire in Turtle Creek

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14-DECEMBER, 07:58

Engine 81 and Tower 88 were dispatched, along with Charlottesville Engine 1, for a smell of smoke in the apartment in Turtle Creek on Saturday Morning. With nothing showing upon arrival the engine companies investigated the smell in the upper floor apartments. Finding a strong odor, they proceeded to the ground floor to find an apartment on fire. A full alarm was struck as

Santa Run 2014

Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department is happy to announce that Santa Claus will be dropping in to visit with our neighbors the week before Christmas.

Please look at the following page for planned routes and more information.

Halloween "reverse trick-or-treating" was a big success!

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November 1, 2013

The STVFD Halloween "reverse trick-or-treating" event was a big success! The crew on duty for Halloween drove around a few neighborhoods in our first due and handed out candy to the kids out for trick or treat. The special treats included a message to the kids asking them to send in their "fire evacuation plan" via a special email address. A drawing will be held and the winner will receive an "ice cream treat with the firefighters".

STVFD works and entrapment at Rt. 29 and Rio Road

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15-OCTOBER, 21:38

Units from Hollymead F/R and CARS assisted STVFD and ACFR Medic 8 on a MVA with entrapment at the intersection of Rio Road and Rt. 29 N. A total of three patients were removed and transported to the UVA ED. No injuries were reported in the larger truck.

EMS CE class at the Box

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September 24, 2013

Since the move to "The Box" things like training classes have become a bit more challenging. Pretty nice place for an EMS CE class though don't you think?!

Fatality accident on Rio Road East

10-SEPTEMBER, 15:30

Engine 81 and Medic 8 spent most of the afternoon tied up on a fatality motorcycle crash on east Rio Rd. While assisting law enforcement on this incident, 4 other calls were toned in our first due. They were covered by units from adjacent stations. Thanks to E121 and E151 for your help!

Leaving home and the Berkmar Shuffle

STVFD is leaving home just as the students settle in for the new school year. We are moving to the smaller 'Rescue 8' building down the hill from our main house while the construction company, Kenbridge, builds out our new extension.

To adjust for the smaller quarters we are moving from 5 crews to 7. We are also adopting a rotating schedule. The draft roster and schedule are available online. Things are pretty busy so these documents haven't been proof-read yet. There are sure to be errors and omissions--if you see any please email