The Fire Department provides fire protection, prevention, emergency medical, emergency dispatch (911) and emergency disaster protective services to the citizens and visitors of James City County.
Are Your Smoke Alarms Working?
Call Fire Administration today to request a fire crew to test your smoke alarms and/or replace them free of charge. All smoke alarms expire 10 years after manufacture. In house fires, working smoke alarms can reduce the risk of death up to 50%. Learn more about smoke alarms.
- Why is my smoke alarm beeping?
If your smoke alarm is beeping, get out of the house immediately and call 911 from a neighbor’s house. You have very little time to get out of your house safely if there is a threat of fire, and we would much rather respond to a false alarm than have you risk becoming trapped. If your smoke alarm is beeping intermittently, try changing the battery; if it is still beeping and is over 10 years old, it needs to be replaced.
- Can I burn my yard waste?
Burning of yard waste is prohibited in Residential zoned areas of the County. Call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 757-220-0626 to determine if you can burn yard waste.
- Can I plant shrubs around a fire hydrant?
No. The Statewide Fire Prevention Code states, “Unobstructed access to fire hydrants shall be maintained at all times.” “A 3-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants.”
- How do I dispose of my old fire extinguisher?
Call the Virginia Peninsulas Public Service Authority at 757-259-9850.