Chuckatuck Fire Department
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

Workers Comp Update

Thursday, June 10, 2010  As many of you know, the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department along with the other volunteer departments throughout the City of Suffolk were limited in our operations on Friday June 4th. This action was the result of a lapse in the workers compensation coverage offered to us as a benefit by the City of Suffolk. The lack of coverage required city administrators to make the difficult decision to restrict the operations of its volunteers for the volunteer’s protection. Our station was staffed by career members of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue. The transition was seamless and at no time left the community without fire and ems protection. Through the dedication of city staff as well as members of the Suffolk Fire administration this issue was rectified Wednesday afternoon. At no point did the members of the volunteer fire departments do anything wrong, this was simply an unfortunate oversight that resulted in our departments being placed out of service. As of 2000 on June 9th we are  back on duty providing the professional services that you have been accustomed to for the past fifty six years. 
Please don’t forget our bi-annual fish fry this Saturday, June 12th. It is from 4-7 p.m. at the fire station. Tickets are $9 in advance or $10 the day of the event. The menu will include all you can eat tilapia filets, parsley potatoes, hush puppies, coleslaw, and iced tea. Tickets are available from any member of the department or at many of the local businesses. 




Tuesday, May 25, 2010  Don't forget our June Fishfry!!  June 12th from 4-7 p.m. at the fire station.  All you can eat tilapia filets, hushpuppies, parsley potatoes, cole slaw, and tea.  Tickets are $9 in advance $10 the day of the event.  See any fire department member or stop in to Kellys Nursery for tickets.



Pump Maintenance & Testing Completed

Tuesday, May 25, 2010  Our annual pump maintenance was performed last week by Mobile Fire Apparatus Repair out of Magnolia, NC.  They returned this week and completed NFPA pump test on both engines and the tanker at a location off of Kirk Rd.  Shortly after the crews finished and returned to the station we took in an EMS call in IOW County. 

We did receive an addition to the fleet this month.  The City of Suffolk donated a 2002 Ford Excursion to our department to be used as a utility vehicle. 

E9 at draft

E9 at draft

02 Ford Excursion

02 Ford Excursion



Thursday, May 20, 2010  Congratulations to FF's Chris Bailey and Jacob Johnson for completing Isle of Wight Fire Academy #3.  This was quite a committment, with the course lasting approximately 6 months providing certification in FF I & II, EVOC, Hazmat Awareness and Ops, Rural Water Supply, Mayday, etc. 

Congrats also to Greg Howlett and Chris Bailey for successfully completing EMT-B courses.



CVFD Golf Tournament

Saturday, May 1, 2010  The Chuckatuck VFD will be hosting our annual golf tournament Saturday May 1st at the Suffolk Golf Course.  This will be a shotgun start at 0800.  Your entry fee of $65 per person or $260 per 4 person team includes: green fees, cart, range balls, 3 beverage tickets and lunch.  There will be prizes awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, as well as door prizes.  Contact Brad Whitley at 757-617-1714 for further information.  Hole sponsorship is available for $150 per hole and includes a custom sign with your company name, lunch for two, and recognition at the lunch banquet.  Make checks payable to:

Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department

c/o Brad Whitley

PO Box 2575

Suffolk, Va 23432



Overturned tractor trailer on Godwin Bl.

Monday, April 5, 2010 23:54 Just before midnight Engine 9, Medic 9a, Car 109, and Ladder 5 responded to a reported overturned tractor trailer in the 6200 block of Godwin.  Car 109 (Parsons) arrived to find a tractor trailer overturned on its roof with a utility pole (determined to be telephone lines) down on the trailer.  M9a arrived and began care of the trucks occupant who had self extricated prior to our arrival.  Engine 9 arrived and began checking the vehicle for hazards, the truck was carrying lumber and other construction materials.  Ladder 5 was cleared prior to arrival.  The engine crew secured the batteries, provided scene lighting and remained on scene until the towing company could upright the vehicle.  As the vehicle was being uprighted one of the saddle tanks ruptured causing an estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel to spill.  Crews went to work containing the spill.  Notifications were made and the scene was turned over to the cleanup contractor.  All units cleared just before 0500, Car 109 had command.  E29 remained staffed in quarters while the other units were committed.



Slow start to the month

Monday, April 5, 2010  April has been relatively slow so far with just the typical runs.  E9 did handle a cut job at an accident with injuries at the intersection of Godwin and Everets on the 1st.  The call was dispatched as an AWI.  On arrival a determination was made to remove the passenger side rear door for patient removal.  Crews participated in a couple different training evolutions on the 5th.  The first one involved flushing a dry hydrant and pumping from draft with E29.  Later that evening Tanker 9 traveled to Smithfield to participate in a drill with the guys from 50.  Tankers 9, 30, (Rushmere), and 40 (Windsor) shuttled water to E52 while it supplied Smithfields tower.  Great drill, with good people.

E29 at draft

E29 at draft


Longview Drive Overturned

Thursday, February 18, 2010  At 1715 Engine 9 was dispatched with the Carrollton VFD to a reported accident with injuries on Longview Dr in the area of Oliver Dr.  Carrollton 104 (Oliver) was the initial arriving unit reporting a single vehicle off the roadway.  The vehicle was reported to have rolled coming to rest in a swamp about 15 ft below the road.  The vehicles occupant was out on arrival.  Engine 9 arrived and handled pt care.  Carrollton Squad 10 arrived  and handled the transport.  E9 cleared per command.  This call followed a 3 vehicle accident on Godwin that was handled by E9 and M9a.  E29 responded to a medical assist while crews were committed on the Longview accident. 



Chuckatuck Fire Department Dance

FF Johnson, Chief Parsons, FF Garrett

FF Johnson, Chief Parsons, FF Garrett

Saturday, February 13, 2010  The Annual Chuckatuck Fire Department Dance was held February 13th at the Planters Club, with many members and friends of the fire department in attendance.  The night consisted of an excellent meal, an awards presentation, followed by music provided by DJ Jeremy Branch.  Congratulations to veteran firefighter Ronnie Garrett for being the recipient of the 2010 Firefighter of the Year award, as well as the Jacob Johnson for receiving the first Apprentice of the Year award.  These men showed their dedication throughout the year and were recognized by their fellow members for their efforts.  Top responder awards went to: Ronnie Garrett, Ronnie Kelly, and Jacob Johnson.  Thanks to the CVFD Ladies Auxiliary for their help with bringing the event together and to the Smithfield VFD for covering the 9 house for the evening.



Reported Structure Fire Bob White Rd

Saturday, January 23, 2010  At around 0950 this morning Engine 9, Tanker 9 and Car 109 responded to a reported structure fire as the second due companies in IOW County.  Smithfield (1st due) went enroute with Engine 52 and 53.  Car 309 (A/C Dortch) was the first to arrive finding a one story residence with nothing evident from the exterior.  This house was located down a long unpaved (muddy) driveway, incoming units were assigned to level 1 staging on the paved road.  Members reported a shorted electrical outlet with no extension and cleared all the assigned apparatus with the exception of E52.  309 held command.



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