Powhatan County Fire and Rescue

Serving People. Saving Lives. Serving the Community The Powhatan County Fire and Rescue Department is an integral part of the public safety system in Powhatan County.

The Department is comprised of six companies strategically located throughout the County. Each of the six companies (Company 1 – Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department; Company 2 – Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department; Company 3 – Macon District Volunteer Fire Department; Company 4 – Fine Creek Volunteer Fire Department; Company 5 – Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department; and the Powhatan Volunteer Rescue

Operating as usual

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 06/08/2022

Fire companies from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue and Goochland County Fire-Rescue were alerted to a house fire in the 4000 block of Maidens Road (US 522) just after 8pm tonight. First arriving units found smoke coming from the roof a single-family home, and upon investigation, found fire in the living area as well. Two hoselines were pulled from the first-arriving engine to battle the fire while personnel from the ladder truck opened the roof. The blaze was quickly brought under control, and only minor injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Photos from Goochland County Fire-Rescue's post 05/30/2022

Two years ago, Powhatan County Fire and Rescue was able to partner with Goochland County Fire-Rescue’s long-standing water rescue team. Since that time, we have continued to solidify the already-strong relationship between the two departments. Today was a prime example, as the combined water rescue team worked together with MedFlight 1 to provide rescuers for two water rescue incidents at Powhatan State Park.

Please use caution when going on the James for the holidays! The river is high, making the currents fast and unpredictable.


🐈 You wouldn’t believe the number of times we’re asked, “do you rescue cats out of refrigerators?” Actually, we kid, we’ve never been asked that until today. 🐈

When a kitten got trapped inside a fridge this afternoon, the occupant did everything they could to try to coax the kitty out. The scared and stubborn feline refused to come out, so a call to Powhatan Fire Rescue brought Firefighters DeHart and Cochran to the home, where they were able to successfully remove a wet, dusty kitten and reunite her with the occupant.

Just another day in the office for our !


If you’ve noticed your old scanner has been quiet over the past few days when you’ve wanted to listen to our fire/rescue traffic, we have the reason why!

Several months ago, Powhatan County installed a much-needed 800MHz digital radio system to replace our decades-old VHF radio system. Since then, we continued to re-broadcast our radio traffic on our old VHF channel for the benefit of our volunteers. Now that our new paging system for the volunteers has been tested and implemented, the county has decommissioned the old VHF system, and it will no longer be used.

Our new radio system can still be monitored with a digital-capable 800MHz scanner, which can be purchased online through many different retailers. Unfortunately, programming these scanners can be much more complicated than in the past, so some computer knowledge is highly recommended.

Job Opportunities | . 05/10/2022

Job Opportunities | .

The County of Powhatan is now accepting applications for our part-time fire marshal position. Preferred applicants will already hold NPFA 1031 and 1033 certifications, have proficiency with computer programs, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be able to work independently with a focus on professionalism and community mindedness.

Job Opportunities | . Powhatan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.  Applicants for employment shall be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, or disability.  Powhatan County encourages women, veterans, and minorities to...

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 04/19/2022

Fire truck facts! 🚒

Did you know that all fire trucks are custom made to each department's needs? They may carry different amounts of water, be extra short for old firehouses, or have a different number of seats depending on their usual staffing.

Today, members from Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department Company 4 (Fine Creek) and Powhatan Fire Rescue administration spent countless hours in Dublin, OH, where they worked with engineers perfecting the exact design and details for Company 4's new fire engine. Page after page of documents and drawings were discussed and approved, and we plan on having the vehicle ready for inspection in September of 2022.

Thanks to the Powhatan Board of Supervisors for approving the purchase of this much-needed engine for our county!


Congratulations to District Chief Ryan Houtsma on 15 years of service to Powhatan County's residents and visitors!

Fine Creek Volunteer Fire Department would like to announce our latest Life Member! Please join us as we congratulate District Chief Ryan Houtsma for reaching 15 years of service to Fine Creek Fire Department and Powhatan County!


Several postings on social media have asked about smoke throughout the county. There is a several-hundred acre controlled burn in Nottoway County that could be contributing to the smoke we're seeing in Powhatan, especially with the cloud cover moving in. As always, if you're in doubt, don't hesitate to call!


Life-long learning! 📖

Members from the Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department, Powhatan County Professional Fire Fighters - Local 5188, and Powhatan County Fire and Rescue Administration are spending the weekend getting advanced level training in vehicle rescue. Instructors from across the nation are better preparing our people to be prepared to help YOU!



Just before 8AM, personnel were alerted a traffic crash with a person trapped on Huguenot Trail just west of Route 288. Companies arrived to find a 2-vehicle head-on collision with on person trapped. Volunteer and career firefighters worked in harmony for over 30 minutes and used extrication tools (the "Jaws of Life") to remove the pinned patient for transport to the trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. Virginia State Police continues to investigate the incident.


What a bunch of rubbish! 🗑

Firefighters are currently tackling this stubborn trash truck fire on Huguenot Trail. The county’s heavy rescue has been dispatched to the scene to assist opening the heavy steel body.

Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department Company 4 (Fine Creek), Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department Company 1, Huguenot Volunteer Fire Department, Powhatan County Professional Fire Fighters - Local 5188.

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 03/07/2022


For four days in a row, our people have kept busy with brush fires. Yesterday, this 5-acre brush fire off Anderson Highway in the county's eastern end required 14 firefighters, three brush trucks, and one tanker to contain and extinguish. Strong winds and rolling terrain caused the blaze to spread quickly.

Today, even higher winds are predicted. Please delay your outdoor burning to later this week after we've had some rainfall and less wind. Do your part to keep both you and your neighbors safe!

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 03/05/2022

We'd like to remind everyone of the 4:00PM burn law - open-air fires are allowed between 4PM and 12AM only. Even when its past 4PM, remember low humidity and high winds can turn a small fire into an out-of-control blaze in a matter of seconds. Brush fires have kept us busy the past several days, so burn with care!

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 02/22/2022

Earlier today, our career and volunteer personnel were dispatched for a report of a vehicle overturned into the water in the county's eastern end. Units arrived to find a vehicle on its side in a swamp, and the driver was still in the car. Fire and rescue members were able to quickly remove the patient. We're pleased to report that the patient, who was the lone occupant of the car, was transported to the Emergency Room with non-life-threatening injuries.

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 02/17/2022

❗️No opening burning before 4PM❗️

Career and volunteer firefighters spent the afternoon fighting this 5-acre brush fire on Judes Ferry Road. High winds spread the fire quickly, and specialized equipment responded to the get through the woods and contain the blaze. The fire was brought under control within an hour of arrival, and the fire marshal continues to investigate the cause.


🔥The 2022 Virginia fire season is here! 🔥

What does that mean if you want to burn outdoors? Outdoor burning is restricted: it is only permitted between 4pm and midnight. Furthermore, Powhatan County's ordinances remain in effect, as are the requirements for burn permits.

Need more information? You can visit the Virginia Department of Forestry as well as review Powhatan's own rules and regulations: http://www.powhatanva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/257/Open-Burn-Regulations-

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 02/10/2022


Although the 4PM burn law doesn't take effect for a few more days, we encourage you use extreme caution on days with low humidity and high winds, such as we're finding today.

Thanks to early notification and quick response, this brush fire in the county's eastern end was quickly controlled (the cause of the fire was accidental in nature), but firefighters dealt with increased winds throughout the incident.


Our law enforcement partners have worked many accidents overnight and into this morning. Please use caution as you commute this morning!


Are you a firefighter/medic looking for a new pace and awesome work environment? Powhatan County Fire and Rescue is now accepting applications for Firefighter/ALS Provider. Applicants should be self-motivated, able to make good decisions in the absence of direct supervision, and be able to build strong relationships with our volunteers and career staff alike.

Is that you? If so, apply now! https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/powhatanva/jobs/3094952/firefighter-emt-als?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 02/03/2022

Today, three Baltimore City firefighters were honored after they paid the ultimate sacrifice at a rowhouse fire last week. Amongst the thousands of firefighters from across the United States who attended, Powhatan County was represented by Assistant Chief Schoeffel, District Chief Smith, and Firefighters Nowacki and Saunders. We appreciate their attendance and giving their time to honor Lieutenant Butrim, Firefighter/Paramedic Sadler, and Firefighter/Paramedic Lacayo. 🇺🇸

Job Opportunities | . 02/01/2022

Job Opportunities | .

Powhatan County is now accepting applications for the position of Emergency Manager. This is a part-time position which reports directly to the Fire Chief. Check out the job description and see if you might be the right self-motivated individual for this position! Visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/powhatanva for more information.

Job Opportunities | . Powhatan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.  Applicants for employment shall be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, or disability.  Powhatan County encourages women, veterans, and minorities to...


We're both happy and sad to report the retirement of Powhatan County's Emergency Manager, Curt Nellis, this week. Curt left some huge shoes to fill - his working knowledge of emergency management and the fire service was an asset to everyone who was around him. With over four decades in public safety from Virginia Beach to the mountains, he's impacted countless people, including all of us in this office. Curt and his wife will continue to make Powhatan their home, and we look forward to seeing them out and about!


The fire service is a family that spans the country and the world. Tonight, we join the Baltimore City Fire Department as they grieve the loss of a lieutenant and two firefighter/paramedics in an early-morning rowhouse fire. We wish their families at home and in the firehouse strength in these most difficult of times.

Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 01/16/2022

We appreciate those who have stayed home today - the roads are very slick, especially the side roads. Please use caution and slow down when passing stopped emergency vehicles, such as this scene on Anderson Highway (US 60) this morning.

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Photos from Powhatan County Fire and Rescue's post 01/15/2022

As most of you know, there is a forecast for another winter storm on Sunday. Most of the forecasts are calling for our area to start with snow, change to sleet and/or freezing rain, and then a change to rain. With the unpredictability of some of our past storms, we're asking you to prepare ahead of time - but be mindful that your friends and neighbors need to pick up some things from the store, so shop with courtesy.

We'll keep our followers up-to-date with information that we hope will help you make good decisions on your travel and other plans!


The Powhatan County Fire-Rescue Department is excited to announce that Firefighter Charlie Holland will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant effective February 1st. He is currently assigned to Fire Company 1 in the courthouse area and has built a strong reputation with his co-workers and the members of the Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department Company 1 alike. Prior to coming to Powhatan, Charlie spent 15 years as a firefighter/paramedic in another Central Virginia department, and he continues to serve as an active volunteer firefighter in Buckingham County, where he lives with his family. We look forward to Lieutenant Holland’s leadership in the agency!

Photos from MedFlight 1's post 01/05/2022

This evening, the Powhatan Public Safety Communications Department dispatched our personnel to a person involved in an ATV accident. The patient was found nearly a mile off the roadway in a very rural area, was injured, and was on the verge of suffering from hypothermia. Getting him to the hospital as quickly as possible would be key to his recovery, so a request for an air ambulance was made immediately. Once he was removed from the woods, our our partners at Virginia State Police MedFlight 1 provided excellent care while enroute to the ER. We're proud of the teamwork our people provide each day!

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