Welcome to the Stanley Volunteer Fire Departments website. Since 1948 the department has strived to provide the best service possible to maintain our goal of Saving Life and Property. The all volunteer fire department provides 24 hour fire and EMS protection along with public education with our most valuable asset, the many dedicated volunteers who give large amounts of time and energy on every call. It gives me great pride to have served as Chief of this department for the past thirty-five years.Terry A. Pettit, Chief
Release from the USDA Forest Service:
(11/15/2016) Roanoke, Va – The USDA Forest Service is implementing a fire ban on the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests to maintain public safety and protect forest resources during extreme drought.
building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or stove fire is prohibited on forest lands outside of developed recreation areas.
Fires are permitted within developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and day use areas and must be confined to fire rings, stoves, or grills. Use of stoves, lanterns, and heating equipment that use liquid or gas fuel are still permitted throughout the forest.
Open fires may not be ignited or maintained at any shelter or dispersed area along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
Smoking is prohibited except within enclosed vehicles or buildings, in developed recreation areas such as campgrounds and day use areas, or in areas cleared of all flammable material at least 3 feet in diameter.
This fire ban has been implemented due to extreme dry conditions, high fire danger, and little chance of significant rain in the immediate forecast.
“We currently are working to contain two large fires on the forest that are over 100 acres in size with new fires starting daily,” said Fire Management Officer Andy Pascarella. The fire ban begins Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and will expire Wednesday, February 1, 2017.
Campfires should always be put out and cold to the touch before left for any period of time. For more information contact your local Ranger District office or visit the forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/gwj.
Stanley firefighter's recently trained on search and rescue techniques using an abandoned house. They were joined by a crew from Shenandoah CO-70.
Stanley firefighters responded to a large trash fire Tuesday afternoon at Recycle Management on US Hwy 340 Business West. Water was pumped from the Shenandoah River nearby for over an hour. The fire was finally extinguished when a foam unit from Merck Company arrived. The Luray Fire Dept., Shenandoah Fire Dept., Stanley Rescue Squad, Page County EMS also responded along with Virginia Emergency Services. Crews were on the scene about four hours.
Dispose of ashes from your woodstove properly. once completely cooled they can be safely be disposed of in your garden. Remember that ashes can stay hot for up to four days.