Charlottesville City (VA)

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Charlottesville City, the only city in Albemarle County, is located north of Interstate 64 and east of US Route 29. The business portions of US Route 250 and Route 29 wind their way through Charlottesville. Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport serves this and surrounding counties. Charlottesville relies on a combination of volunteer and career personnel to provide fire, rescue, and law enforcement services to their citizens. The University of Virginia (UVA), situated on the west side of Charlottesville's downtown district, has its own police department, security force, ambulance fleet, and is home to the Pegasus medevac helicopter. All of these agencies, and those of Albemarle County work together regularly under mutual aid agreements.

Emergent 911-calls, and non-emergent service calls, are received by, and dispatched centrally from, the local Emergency Communications Center (CECC)[1], using the Charlottesville/Albemarle Trunked Radio System. The UVA Medical Center and Martha Jefferson Hospitals serve citizens in this and surrounding counties. UVA Medcom dispatches UVA's ambulance fleet and Pegasus. UVA Medic V (read as "Medic 5") ambulances primarily serve UVA medical facilities.[2] UVA Special Event Medical Management (SEMM) ambulances primarily provide standby support at special events involving large crowds.[3] Several area fire departments and rescue squads also provide standby support. Specialized teams, like the Technical Rescue Team, utilize a combination of personnel and resources from several agencies.[4] Other specialized fire and rescue teams, some agency-specific, include: Water Rescue Teams[5][6], Vehicle Rescue Teams[7], and Special Event Teams[8]. Several agencies are members of Virginia State EMS Task Force 2.[9]

In the city, the police department handles patrol and traffic duties, whereas the sheriff department handles civil matters, court duties, and long-distance prisoner transports. All of the above agencies, along with law enforcement officers from Albemarle, UVA, and the Virginia State Police, combine their efforts using a unified command structure[10][11] when an event involves large crowds, increased traffic, or requires a larger combined response. Specialized law-enforcement teams include: Tactical Teams, K-9 Teams, Firearms Teams, Surveillance Teams, Crisis Negotiations Teams, Forensics Teams, Accident Reconstruction Teams, and Search and Rescue Teams.[12] The multi-jurisdictional Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement (JADE) Task Force, which is administered by the Charlottesville Police Department, utilizes members and resources from many of the above law enforcement agencies, and can also include members of the Virginia State Police and federal agencies like the FBI and DEA as appropriate.[13]

The Albemarle, Charlottesville, and UVA communities are home to the U.S. Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS), part of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), a National Guard armory, and U.S. Army Reserve Advising Group. UVA is home to a Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps (NROTC) Midshipment Battalion, the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (AROTC) Cavalier Battalion, and the Air Force Officer's Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 890.

Albemarle Amateur Radio Club (AARC) serves Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the UVA communities. Earning the Dayton Hamvention 2011 Club of the Year Award brought AARC recognition on a national and international level.[14][15] AARC membership includes leaders from several of the above emergency agencies. UVA regularly hosts the W4UVA Amateur Radio Club which encourages young amateur radio operators and recruits others into the world of amateur radio. AARC members maintain several local area repeaters[16], and amateur radio equipment at CECC and area hospitals for use during communication emergencies.

Fire/EMS/Rescue serving Charlottesville and portions of UVA

Fire/EMS/Rescue Agencies

AbbrAgencyRadio IdLocation
CFDCharlottesville Fire DepartmentHeadquarters, Administration203 Ridge St
Station 1345 250 Bypass
Station 10 2420 Fontaine Av
CARSCharlottesville Albemarle Rescue SquadRescue 1828 McIntire Rd
UVAMedicVUVA Medic V AmbulanceMedic VUVA ER
MJH ER Proffit
NETSUVA Newborn Emergency TransportNETSUVA ER
PegasusUVA PegasusHelicopter PegasusCHO airport
Pegasus Air
Pegasus GroundUVA ER
SEMMUVA Special Event Medical ManagementSEMMUVA ER
FireUVA Fire MarshalUVA Fire MarshalUVA Grounds

References: NBC29 (PDF), WCAV, Daily Progress

Fire/EMS/Rescue Apparatus

Agency Apparatus
CFDEngine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 5, Engine 7, Engine 10
Truck 1, Tower 10, Hazmat 1, Command Trailer, EMS1, Training 1, Car 7, Car 10, ?
Chief 1, Chief 2, Battalion Chief (truck), Battalion Chief (SUV), ?
CARSMedic 140, Medic 141, Medic 142, Medic 143, Medic 144, Medic 145, Medic 146, Medic 147
Squad 133, Squad 134, Squad 135
Water Rescue 136, Boat 1, Boat 2, Boat 3, Kayak 1, Kayak 2, ?
Logistics 137, Collapse Trailer, Special Events Trailer, Gator 1
Car 130, Car 131, Car 132, Support 138, Car 139, Car 148, Car 149, OMD 6, OMD 8
UVAMedicVMedic 3, Medic 4, Medic 5, Medic 6, Medic 7, Medic 8, Medic 11
PegasusHelicopter Pegasus, Pegasus Air, Pegasus Ground
SEMMSEMM 1, SEMM 3, SEMM 4, SEMM 5, SEMM 6, SEMM 7, SEMM 8, SEMM 9, SEMM 11, SEMM 12, SEMM 14, SEMM 15, SEMM Gator
Emrg MgmtEmergency Management 3, ?
FireUVA Fire Marshal, UVA2

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Law Enforcement serving Charlottesville and portions of UVA

AgencyRadio PrefixRadio IDs or Numeric Range
Albemarle Charlottesville Regional JailJail?
CharlottesvillePoliceCP1: Chief
13-32: Sergeants
300's: Detectives
SheriffCS1-99 ?
UVAPoliceUP1-99 ?
SecurityUS or Securityxxx ?
VirginiaDGIF Conservation Police (Game Warden)GW (listed on agency website)
State PoliceVSP

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Frequencies and Callsigns

CECC Unidentified Talkgroups, Channels, etc.

Since CECC and the field-units utilize a combination of trunked-system talkgroups, and other non-trunked simplex channels, the list of unknown items is maintained as one convenient list on the Charlottesville / Albemarle TRS wiki page:

Related Links

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Community Web pages

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Charlottesville Law Enforcement


For convenience, a single comprehensive list is maintained on this Albemarle County Wiki Page:

University of Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia

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Surrounding Cities

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