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Recent News from Harrisonburg Fire Department

Recent news articles and news releases from the Harrisonburg Fire Department:


  • May 11, 2015 - City approves ordinance to regulate combustible landscaping. View the ordinance, press release, and FAQ on the HFD mulch webpage.
  • February 1, 2015 - MFF Jamie Rickard has retired after 22 years of service with the Harrisonburg Fire Department. We wish him well on his retirement. Photos from his reception have been added to the HFD Flickr page. 
  • February 1, 2015 - Lt. J. T. Turner has retired after 25 years of service with the Harrisonburg Fire Department. We wish him a happy retirement! Photos from his retirement reception have been added to our Flickr page. 
  • February 12, 2015 - Give your child the best hug in the world! Child safety seat check on February 12, 2015 at Station 1, 80 Maryland Ave. Receive a free "Valentine" while supplies last! Call Ariel at 540-810-0527 for further information or to schedule your appointment!
  • January 30, 2015 - Master FF Chandler has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Photos from the promotional ceremony have been added to the HFD Flickr page. Congratulations to Lieutenant Chandler!
  • January 17, 2015 - Another StoveTop FireStop save in Harrisonburg. An apartment fire on Reservoir Street was contained to the stove and cabinet after StoveTop FireStops activated. This makes approximately 12 activations in Harrisonburg that have saved property and injuries. 



  • November 19, 2014 - Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated the donation of equipment to Harrisonburg Police Department, Harrisonburg Fire Department, and JMU Police Department today at Firehouse Subs in Harrisonburg.  The Fire Department received a generous donation of StoveTop FireStops, Carbon Monoxide Alarms and a large notepad to be used during demonstrations. Photos from the event can be found on the HFD Flickr page
  • September 10, 2014 - The Harrisonburg Fire Department (HFD) was recently notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) of a change in their Public Protection Classification, which turned out to be a step up in the ISO nationwide rating system.  After the most recent evaluation, the city’s ISO rating for HFD went from a Class 3 to a Class 2, on a scale of one to ten with one being the best rating.

    Chief Shifflett explained, “In this line of work, we must always be prepared for the next unknown situation. We have extensive plans and training in place so our personnel are ready to handle the next call for service and it was no different when we were going through the ISO evaluation. We were prepared.”

    Of the 48,000 fire departments in the United States that are rated, only 750 are a Class 2 and 60 are a Class 1.

    Insurance companies use ISO ratings as a factor in developing their fire insurance rates.

  • Adopt A Hydrant Freebies

    September 4, 2014 - It is that time of year again to let us know if you would like to "Adopt a Hydrant"!  Call Paula at 540-432-7703 or email her at Paula.Rhodes@harrisonburgva.gov to let her know you are interested in adopting a hydrant this year!  All residents adopting a hydrant in the City of Harrisonburg will receive a free packet of HFD items (some are shown in the photo). 

    Help your neighbors and firefighters by keeping the hydrants free of snow or plants so they can be easily accessed in an emergency.

  • August 21, 2014 - A new firehouse is being added to A Dream Come True Playground on Neff Avenue.  Check out the photos on Flickr and stay tuned for more to watch the progress!   
  • August 5, 2014 - Have you heard of the newest danger to your teens? Teens have been taking a so called "Fire Challenge" that is being distributed on social media. Many teens across the United States have been severely burned and one has died. This challenge calls for teens to douse themselves with some type of flammable liquid and then light a match or lighter. This is serious stuff that can cause permanent scarring, death and home fires. Please sit down and talk with your teens about the dangers associated with playing with fire. These so-called challenges are nothing more than a dare to do something above and beyond the normal and your child must know the consequences. This week we will be attending the Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp at Camp Brethren Woods. The kids attending this camp will tell you that the horrific pain and scarring that comes from fire will also leave emotional scars as well. Talk with your teens about this disturbing trend on social media before it is too late.  If you have more questions contact the Harrisonburg Fire Dept. 
  • July 22, 2014 - Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a third floor apartment complex on South Main St. in Harrisonburg.  There were no reports of injuries at the scene.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  Photos taken by Allen Litten are now on the HFD Facebook page