Prior to the formation of Carrollton VFD, our community was serviced by Smithfield and Nansemond County Volunteer Fire Departments. In 1966 several local citizens along with the Carrollton Ruritan Club came together to establish the department and begin the legacy of service that continues today.
In 1966, CVFDs first engine was placed into service, a 1942 WWII Civil Defense International Pumper which remained in service till 1973. While waiting to acquire the necessary property for the construction of a Station, the original engine was housed at Reid’s Automotive Service. Bill Reid was a member of the Carrollton Ruritan Club and a founding member of Carrollton VFD. His legacy lives on with his name inscribed on Engine 10 and an award given in his honor each year at the Departments annual banquet.
Relying solely on community donations and volunteers the department continued to grow and in 1969 the fleet expanded to include a 1955 Chevrolet Tanker/Pumper. The departments capabilities continued to improve and in 1970, the departments first portable air packs were placed in service through the generosity of the Auxiliary. In 1973 we purchased our first new apparatus, a Ford Pumper with a 1000 gallon water tank. In 1980, the fleet once again expanded to include a Ford Brush Truck. In 1992, the department made another major apparatus purchase, putting into service a 1973 Mack tractor-trailer with a 5,000 gallon water tank.
1994 marked another historic year for CVFD as it became the first in the county to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Service Provider. By 1998 we were certified as an Advanced Life Support Provider, and by 2003 a new Freightliner Ambulance was in service.
In 1997, Ladder 10 was purchased and placed into service. This 75’ E-One remains in service today. The original tractor-trailer was replaced in 2000 with a 2000 Freightliner that has a 5,500 gallon water tank.
The department continues to expand and update our equipment and apparatus to ensure we are able to provide the highest standard of care to the citizens of our community. Today we rely on 70+ volunteers to provide quality fire, rescue, and emergency medical services to Carrollton and the surrounding communities.