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Tour or Demo Requests:
We typically need approximately two weeks prior to the requested date of the event so that members of the Chesapeake Fire Department can be notified and have ample time to prepare. We try to the best of our ability to accommodate your requests. All Demos are 2-hours and Station Tours are 1 hour.
If we are able to accommodate this request please keep in mind, the Engine and Station Crew assigned always remain in service and can be called out for an emergency at a moment’s notice. If it is possible, the Crew will return to the site to continue the demo. However, that is not always possible, which would unfortunately result in the cancellation of the Station Tour or Demo.
Engine and/or Medic Standby Requests:
Engine and/or Medic Standbys are for large events where emergency services may be required. Engine and/or Medic are out of service for standby events only.
In order to properly commit to the allotted time, the Engine and/or Medic will be out of service, it is important to indicate the end time of your event.
Once your request is approved, you will receive a confirmation email regarding the details of your event.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community Risk Reduction Division of the Chesapeake Fire Department at 757-382-6566 Thank you.
Tour, Demo ,or Presentation Request Form.
Please call 757-382-6297 for information.
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.
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.
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.