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As you may know, the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) was organized over 60 years ago to provide fire protection and life safety services to the community of Chuckatuck and the surrounding communities. The department now responds to many medical emergencies along with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Medic-9 that is stationed in Chuckatuck at Station 9. In recent years, call volumes have dramatically increased and the CVFD has recognized that many volunteers are unable to devote as much time as they once were to support the department’s mission. We realize that in current times many of our member’s jobs, in addition to family obligations, require them to be away from our station at critical times. That being said, the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department has deemed it necessary to be proactive in order to ensure that we fulfill our obligation to the citizens of our community without compromise. As a result, the department has approached the City of Suffolk Fire and Rescue to request their resources of personnel to staff a fire engine at Station 9. The decision to bring about such a change was a difficult one, however, the best interests of our community are first and foremost, as they have always been. As a result, the City of Suffolk has notified us that they intend to staff the primary response fire engine at Station 9 beginning April 01, 2017. This will ensure that our community will continue to be serviced by a local fire engine without delay into the future.
The Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department will continue to respond with Tanker-9 and Brush-9 when requested. In addition, we will continue to staff E-29 as a 2nd fire engine at Station 9 when we are able, just as we have always done. We would like to thank you for your unwavering support throughout the years and hope that you will continue to recognize the service of our department moving forward in our new role. Without you, we would not have had the ability to provide the service that we have delivered for so many years. Please join us in welcoming members of Suffolk Fire and Rescue to our station and community.
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A very wise decision and humble by making sure to do what is right for the community!
Thank You for your dedication and service CVFD !!
Thank you CVFD....you've come to the aid to my family and I many, many times and we are forever greatful!!! I still remember long before cell phones, the sound of the buzzer going off at the old fire house and seeing guys from all over Chuckatuck racing to get there Mr, Winslow, Ronnie, Neil Begley, Robbie Ro Warren William Thomas Kessinger Alan Hatfield and many others...we even lost our Umpires to a call at a few of our softball games ( Chuck Knight, and the Rose brothers ) as they raced off to help.... we always felt safe knowing these outstanding guys and gals were right around the corner always ready to help!!!
CHUCKATUCK , when i was a young boy 70 years ago my dad had a baseball club named the Poquoson Red Sock .We would go there to play base ball with the locals .It was super great ,the people were so great ,TREASURED MEMORIES
I never thought I would see the day when Suffolk Fire and Rescue would staff station 9 as a norm. You guys are a very dedicated and educated group of men and women. I have always enjoyed answering calls with you guys. This is not this beginning of the end, just the beginning of a new journey for Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Dept and Suffolk Fire and Rescue.
Our rescue squad is going through the same thing. Sometime my daughter who is assistant chief responds to 1050s by herself. I
My heart goes out to each of you at the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department. I know this was not an easy decision. We are very fortunate to have dedicated people who are willing to give our community so much of themselves. Thank you ever so much!
Thank you cvfd family
A hard decision and long time coming. Departments all over facing this change, including my Dad's other two departments, ...Buckroe has already done so and here in Alvin (SC), he at 82, is often only one of two responding...sometimes he is the only one. Times are changing and lifestyles take us out of the community much more than ever before.
I have always respected the men and women of CVFD. My first fire was in Chuckatuck, on Evertts Rd. I will have to say this decision to ask for help shows wisdom and commitment to the mission of the fire service. You guys should hold your heads high by making this decision. The community is lucky to have an organization that is willing to make a brave and I'm sure gut wrenching decision. My respect for CVFD has grown. Praying for you guys and can't wait to see yall on the fire ground
I know this was a very difficult decision especially with some of the members who have supported CVFD for such a long time, but it was the right decision. As always I appreciate CVFD.
I honestly seeing the same happening to my current Volly Dept.
This is a very difficult time for those who were "born and raised" in CVFD😢! There have been many dedicated men and women in the department, and I thank them for their service and friendship!
This is one of the most unselfish decisions I've seen from a great organization in the best interests of the community. CVFD has fostered and "home grown" so many firefighters that have moved on to become some of the best officers in many Tidewater departments which is a testament to the training and experience they broke their teeth on in the community of Chuckatuck. Much respect to all who've served.
We as a department would like to express a huge thank you to each and everyone of you for your kind words and support through this challenging time. As anyone who has ever been around Chuckatuck knows this was a very difficult decision to make as all of our members and their families have put a lot of time, sweat, and tears into making our department what is it. We will continue to be a huge part of the community that has always supported us and the surrounding areas. As many of you have commented this isn't us closing the doors, but adding another chapter into the books.
To the men, women and families of the Chuckatuck VFD this difficult to hear. You have been an integral part of our community. Alot of you are neighbors and several, we have watched grow up. I would like to thank you for your service and duty to our community. Sorry to see this happen
I have known MANY volunteers of the Chuckatuck VFD. I knew Chief John Kelly and his wife Emma. They were friends of my parents and I. I also have known many more over the years, as I was a Volunteer Firefighter in Driver, starting in 1976. These Volunteers have always been a class act, and still are. I have been employed with Suffolk Fire and Rescue since June 1, 1979. I look forward to our department working closely with the members of CVFD, to provide a needed service to the good people of Chuckatuck!
You guys are awesome. Great idea to ask for support from the City of Suffolk.
Much Love and continued support!! You guys are totally awesome!!! I don't know how you've done it all these years..
Thank you Chuckatuck fire for taking such good care of the community for all of those years! You all were and always will be the best. :)
Thank you all for dedicated service to our community
The Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department is located on Kings Highway approximately ½ mile from Hwy. 10. This location allows the fire department to provide fire protection and emergency medical first response to northwestern Suffolk along with a portion of Isle of Wight County.
We are very proud to serve our community solely as a volunteer department; with over 50 volunteer professionals. Our members come from throughout our community to provide trained and professional service. All of our members are required to obtain a minimum of Firefighter Level I certification within one year of joining. Members participate in both regional and in house training courses. Many of our members are certified Fire Instructors and Fire Officers, and many hold various medical certifications from EMT-Basic through the Paramedic level.
The Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department operates out of a modern fire station that was constructed in 1998. We have 2 Engines (Engine 9 and Engine 29) 1 Tanker (Tanker 9) 1 Brush Truck (Brush 9) and a command vehicle (Car 109). The station and all apparatus is owned, operated, and maintained by the members of our department.
If you are interested in joining feel free to contact any department member, or email Membership Chairman Jeff Parsons at Jeffparsonscvfd9@gmail.com