Join STVFD

If you are looking for an exciting, challenging, and rewarding way to serve your community then STVFD is the place for you. The experience, satisfaction, and camaraderie gained while here is unique to the Fire and Rescue service and is beyond measure. STVFD is currently seeking firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and auxiliary members looking to help the department in alternative ways. Volunteer today and join our family!

So you want to be a firefighter or EMT?

Fighting a three-alarm house fire. Caring for a patient after a significant motor vehicle collision. Saving a life. Being a Firefighter or EMT is an exhilarating experience and carries with it a sense of accomplishment knowing you are actively serving your community; however, it is not for everyone. FFs and EMTs need courage, dedication, and most importantly, a desire to help others. Are you up to the challenge?

Men and women over the age of 16, in good physical condition, and having the desire to serve their community are eligible for membership. No previous experience is required. We provide you with all the training and equipment you need, and the training opportunities available to you are endless. Your advancement in the department is only limited by your interest and initiative.


Perhaps being a Firefighter or EMT is not for me, but I'd still like to help out!

Our administrative members are the unsung heroes of the department. Without them, we would not be able to deliver the highest level of service to the community. From fundraising and recordkeeping, to recruitment and website maintenance, we are looking for you. We welcome and appreciate all skills and will work to accommodate your schedule.


If you're interested in becoming a part of STVFD, please contact us in the following ways:
  • By email: membershipcommittee@stvfd.org
  • By phone: 434.973.1717
  • Or drop by the Station.
    • We are located at 3055 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901 across from Fashion Square Mall and are more than glad to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

What do I need to Join?

Simply fill out an online application here, or print one out here and drop it off at the station. Please remember to select the Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department as your agency of choice. Upon submission of your application, you will be asked to attend an interview by a member of our Membership Committee.

We ask that prospective members introduce themselves at our monthly brigade meeting held on the third Monday of every month at 7:30pm. Prospective individuals are also encouraged to Ride-Along on the apparatus with the crews to see what we do first-hand; please call ahead, though, and speak to the Duty Captain to make sure there is space to Ride-Along. For more information about our Ride-Along process, see our Ride-Along Notes.