Abingdon Fire responded to 604 calls for service during 2021. This compared to 576 calls in 2020 or an increase of 28 calls. In 2019, we had 599 calls and the most in one year was in 2018 when the Dep...
Saturday, December 11th, 2021
On December 11, Abingdon Fire Department held its annual Christmas Dinner at The Abingdon Moose Club Building. A combination of current members, former members, spouses and special guests attended. Af...
Friday, December 10th, 2021
Gary Bailey received a plaque and a black helmet for passing his Firefighter 1 Certification. Receiving the black helmet signifies his completion of this class by our department, Congratulations Gary!
Saturday, November 13th, 2021
A project by the membership of the Abingdon Fire Department continues. A cargo trailer; donated by First Community Bank, is being equipped to respond to hazardous spills as time and funding permits. A...
About us

Welcome to Abingdon Fire Department!

Abingdon Fire Department is located in the Historic Town of Abingdon, the County seat of Southwest Virginia’s Washington County, part of the Appalachian Region. The Department was formed in 1808 and chartered in 1949. On March 1, 2016 the Town of Abingdon hired its first full time Fire Chief.  The 49 Member Fire Department is one of nine departments within Washington County covering 60 square miles of forested rolling steep rural countryside providing fire service operations for 16,000 people in our district.  The Department faces the challenges of structure fire control in a small commercial district, several assisted living facilities, school buildings, small apartment complexes, several small manufacturing facilities, along with several hundred rural residences and wildland interfaces.


Past and Present Fire Chiefs of the Abingdon Fire Department

J. E. Deaton, W. R. Sheoff Morrison, Sam Mothner - Appointed Officers of the Abingdon Fire Company - January 21, 1890

J. E. Deaton - Elected Captain - August 8, 1890

W. T. Baldwin - Elected Captain - January 29, 1891

George M. Briget - Elected Chief - February 29, 1892

J. F. Branson - Elected Chief - April 6, 1925

S. H. Rhea - Elected Chief - 1928

Dr. F. H. Smith - Elected Chief - August 4, 1930

A. C. Hutton - Elected Chief - August 4, 1943 Resigned February 7, 1944

Robert Eden - Elected Chief - January 1, 1945 Resigned August 7, 1950

J. Nelson Berry - Appointed Chief - September 1, 1950

H. M. 'Bo' McCormick, Jr. - Appointed Chief - January 6, 1964 Retired June 30, 1996

M. L. 'Mert' Odum - Appointed Chief - July 1, 1996 Retired September 30, 2002

John W. Crigger, Sr. - Appointed Chief - October 1, 2002 Retired December 31, 2002

Joe W. 'Joey' Burke, Jr. - Appointed Chief - January 1, 2003 Retired December 31, 2013

John F. McCormick - Appointed Chief - January 1, 2014


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