Harrisonburg Fire Department News & Events

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


  • Camp L.I.T.July 11 - Free Pizza/Free Smoke Alarm Event - Wednesday, July 11, 2018! 4:00pm until 8:00pm.
  • July 23-27 - Now accepting applications for Camp L.I.T., a girl's fire rescue camp in conjunction with Rockingham County Fire and Rescue:

PDF[444KB] Camp L.I.T Application

Applications will be accepted until June 22, 2018.






  • October 9-14 - Fire Prevention Week 2017 at the Valley Mall - 1925 East Market St.  Interactive safety displays, give-a-ways, and lots of information on how to keep your family safe from fire.  Group tours should contact the Fire Department at 540-432-7703.  The display will be open during regular mall hours October 9-14, 2017.

  • October 3-9International Walk/Bike to School Week. The Harrisonburg Fire Department and Safe Kids of the Central Shenandoah Valley coordinates walk to school events at numerous schools in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Some schools take the time to walk around the track before entering so that kids who must ride the bus get exercise too.


  • December 2 - HFD Announces Changes in Leadership for Public Education Program
    Lieutenant Wanda Willis, Public Education Officer, will officially retire on January 1, 2017. She has worked with HFD since 1988 and started her career with the City as a dispatcher. In 2001, she was assigned as the full-time Fire Prevention Officer in the Fire Prevention Division, which encompasses education, inspections, and investigations. She was promoted in 2006 to her current position.
    Willis has grown the public education programs and outreach efforts in public schools, colleges, and throughout the community to provide information to keep residents safe and prevent injuries.
    “Wanda has truly dedicated her life to keeping everyone in this community safe,” explained Fire Chief Ian Bennett. “Our department is fortunate to have had her leadership and knowledge. She has provided a great foundation for the future of HFD’s public education programs.”
    The transition to fill Willis’ position is expected to be seamless as Erin Stehle has been named as the next Public Education Officer and will begin her new role on January 3.
    Stehle currently serves as the Fire Prevention Education Specialist for HFD. In 2011, she started as an intern with HFD after graduating from James Madison University with a degree in health sciences and a concentration in public health education. Stehle was hired as the Car Seat Technician in 2011 before moving into her current position.