The Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department is an all volunteer agency serving Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and the surrounding areas of Montgomery County Virginia.
The department consists of three stations in various locations around Blacksburg. Department apparatus includes 5 engines, a tanker, 3 brush trucks, a 100' aerial platform, a 75' pumper/ladder, an mobile air & lighting truck, a mini-pumper, a high angle rescue & hazmat unit, a multi-purpose ATV, a command trailer, and several other support and response vehicles. Despite it's volunteer nature, the department has multiple 24/7 on-call duty officers and nightly duty crews, consistently meeting or exceeding a 4 minute response time to most incidents within the town limits.
There are typically over 1000 alarms transmitted each year calling on the services of the department, dispatched by town, county, and Virginia Tech dispatchers. The various types of calls include residential, commercial and campus fire alarms, auto accidents, structure fires, car fires, minor fires in dumpsters or trash, wildland fires in the mountains and valleys around Blacksburg, hazardous material incidents, LifeGuard landing zone setup, rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, elevator rescue and also carbon monoxide and other gas checks.
Our department runs on volunteers. If you have the time, interest, and desire, we want to hear from you! We also have an innovative Live In program offering housing assistance for Virginia Tech students in exchange for doing what you already love to do.
The top causes of residential fires according to the U.S. Fire Administration 2015 statistics page are listed below.