No, the unit was responding to an alarm and was "cancelled en route" by the officer who arrived first on the scene and determined there was no emergency there. In this instance we suspend the emergency response of remaining units for safety's sake.
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Please fill out a request form. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of your event. Please note that our availability may be limited by other duties and units may need to remain "in-service" for response to alarms. View the Tour, Demo ,or Presentation Request Form.
Please call 757-382-6297 for information.
See Regulations for Open Burning (PDF).
In many instances, the fire engine is closer to the alarm than an ambulance. Fire engines in the City Of Chesapeake are staffed with trained and equipped medical personnel who can begin treatment before the ambulance arrives. We also automatically respond an engine company on those alarms that are serious in nature and may require more staffing than the two medics on an ambulance.
No, the city does not pay for their meals. Chesapeake Firefighters work a 24-hour shift, and must prepare their own meals. The company is in-service and maintains communications by radio and will respond to alarms from the store.
See Fire Department Employment page. To find out if applications are being accepted, check the Eligibility Requirements to Participate in the Firefighter Entrance Exam (from the Human Resources Department) or see Eligibility Requirements (PDF). If you are eligible to take the exam, sign up to be notified of the next exam. Watch for upcoming information on the Training page, which will provide curriculum and times.
Yes, please call Community Risk Reduction Division at 757-382-6566.
When speaking with 911 dispatchers, give clear directions if your house is not clearly visible from the roadway, and do not hang up until told to do so by the operator. Also, have your house number clearly visible on the front of your house with minimum 3 inches numbers that are illuminated at night. If you have a roadside mailbox, have your numbers clearly visible on the mailbox. If possible, have someone flag down the responding units as well.
Fire doubles in size every 14 seconds for the first 5 to 7 minutes. We respond a "full alarm assignment" to any event that may lead to a fire in a house, apartment or structure. We do this to have all the necessary resources on the scene quickly in the event they are needed during the incident.
No. The Chesapeake Fire Department is a fully funded city department that operates under a formal budget. Chesapeake Firefighters do not solicit funds from citizens. There have been instances where funds were accepted on behalf of fire victims or special circumstances such as September 11th. Please note that these special funds were/are coordinated through a local banking institution with public notification through the media.