Harrisonburg Fire Department News & Events

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News articles and news releases from the Harrisonburg Fire Department:


  • Join NFPA® and HFD in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week™ (FPW) in October. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape™”. We invite you to celebrate with us at the following free events:
    • Fire Safety Rocks on October 7th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Dream Come True Playground
    • Fire Safety and Treats at El Paisano on October 9th from 11:00am-2:00pm
    • Coffee with the Chief at Coffee Hound on October 26th from 7:00am-9:00am
    • The Sweet Sounds of Fire Safety at Klines (Downtown Harrisonburg) October 26th from 4:00pm-6:00pm
    • Sensory Friendly Trunk or Treat on October 29th from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Fire Station 1 
  • Save the Date for the month of October for our Second Annual Winter Coat Drive! The coats are donated to Harrisonburg city children. For more information, contact Kim Smith at Kim.Smith@harrisonburgva.gov
  • July 13 - Free Pizza/Free Smoke Alarm Event - Wednesday, July 13, 2022! 4:00pm until 8:00pm.
  • HFD announces their fourth annual Camp L.I.T.  (L E A D E R S H I P | I N T E G R I T Y | T R A I L B L A Z E R)

Camp L.I.T.

Camp L.I.T. is a day camp hosted from Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd, 2022 and is open to girls ages 14-16, and is completely free of charge to participants. Apply today at Camp L.I.T. 2022! Questions? Contact Erin Stehle at 540-432-7703 or Erin.Stehle@harrisonburgva.gov.


  • HFD announces their second annual Community Fire Academy! This six week academy will provide particpants with an exclusive look at how HFD operates and serves the community. Apply today at Community Fire Academy 2022. (Applications due April 18)



  • The Harrisonburg Fire Department and Rockingham County Fire Rescue are excited to announce our third annual girl’s summer camp, “Camp L.I.T.,” taking place July 26th through July 29th, 2021. Camp L.I.T. is open to girls (ages 13-16) and is completely free of charge to participants. The camp will provide a unique insight into life as a first responder in hopes of encouraging young females to consider the fire service as a career.
  • Miller Circle After Action Report [1.5MB]PDF


  • The Harrisonburg Fire Department is moving Fire Prevention Week to Station 1 this year. Outside and socially distant activities will be taking place the week of October 4-10, 2020.
  • HFD Deputy Chief Matthew Tobia selected as new City Fire Chief - Press release [357KB]PDF
  • HFD Community Fire Academy!  *This event has been canceled.
  • Due to the current and ever-changing coronavirus situation, the Harrisonburg Fire Department and Rockingham County Department of Fire & Rescue have made the difficult decision to cancel Camp L.I.T this year. This decision was not an easy one to make, but health and safety of both participants and facilitators is paramount. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!


  • The City of Harrisonburg Fire Department is proud to announce that our customer service survey has been updated to an electronic form! Tell us how we're doing.
  • July 10 - Free Pizza/Free Smoke Alarm Event - Wednesday, July 10, 2019! 4:00pm until 8:00pm.
  • Camp L.I.T. 2019 - Have you ever wonderered what it would be like to be in the fire service? The Harrisonburg Fire Department and Rockingham County Fire Rescue are hosting Camp L.I.T., which stands for leadership, integrity, and trailblazer and is designed for females ages 13 to 16 years old to learn what it takes to serve their community in a rewarding career as a firefighter. Camp L.I.T. is free to all participants and goes from July 15-July 19th. Applications due June 14, 2019.
  • HFD launches Move Over Campaign [170KB]PDF
  • HFD is now on Instagram!
  • HFD announces their first ever Community Fire Academy! Tuesday night's May 7-June 18. Applications are due April 5.
  • Camp L.I.T. Rekindle - Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30 - Much like Camp L.I.T., the weekend will consistent of many hands-on activities. We want to give the campers the feel of what it would be like as a firefighter and/or Emergency Medical Technician. All applications must be received no later than Friday, May 24, 2019.