The current Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department, is an independent fire department that operates jointly with the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue.
Currently, the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department is under the direction of Fire Chief Travis Dortch.
Under Chief Dortch and his slate of Operational Officers (1 Captain, and 3 Lieutenants), a roster of roughly 50 members, with a variety of experience, respond to calls for service ranging from emergency medical incidents and motor vehicle collisions, to brush and structural fires nearly daily. Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department operates a first due engine (Engine 29), tanker (Tanker 9), and brush truck (Brush 9) within the limits of it’s run district, stretching North on Route 10 to the Isle of Wight County line, South on Route 10 to just past Five Mile Road, Kings Highway covering the Chuckatuck side of the bridge, Everetts, Audobon, and Kirk Road corridors, and a large portion of Crittenden Road. Chuckatuck VFD also provides automatic mutual aid to Isle of Wight County for the Oliver, Longview, Woodland, Cherry Grove, and Riddick Road corridors. Chuckatuck VFD is also incorporated into the City of Suffolk Fire and Rescue’s apparatus response matrix, and responds across the city as dispatched.
In May, 2017, Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department began working a deeper partnership with Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue; currently, SFR provides 4 career personnel Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm, with the exception of holidays.
Current President Brad Whitley leads a Board of Directors (2 Vice Presidents, 1 Treasurer, 1 Secretary, 1 Assistant to the Secretary and Treasurer, and 2 Lay Members) in the administrative and financial decision making for the department.
We currently operate out of the fire station built in 1998, which is located at 300 Kings Highway.
Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department is licensed as an ALS (Advanced Life Support) Non-Transport EMS Agency by the Virginia Office of EMS, which permits our members with EMS certifications to render potentially life saving treatment. Both of our engines are equipped with ALS medical equipment, and many of our members are certified EMS providers, with certifications levels from EMT-Basic to Paramedic.