Bristol Fire Department

ISO Class 2

Fire Administration

Fire Chief
Mike Armstrong

Fire Marshal

Eric Blevins

Operational Medical Director
Dr. Michael Fleenor

Office Administrator
Melanie Fleenor


Shift Chiefs
A Shift-Battalion Chief Brian Witcher

B Shift-Battalion Chief Donald S. Farley

C Shift-Battalion Chief Michael Wise

Shift Captains
A Shift Captain Robert Anderson

B Shift Captain Jay Gouge

C Shift Captain Gary Russell

Happy Independence Day! Please keep the following in mind:

The City of Bristol, VA has adopted the VA Statewide Fire Prevention Code, which regulates the possession and use of fireworks.

Fireworks permitted in Virginia include sparklers, fountains, pharaoh’s serpents, pinwheels, and whirligigs.

Fireworks prohibited in Virginia include firecrackers, skyrockets, torpedoes, and other fireworks which explode, travel laterally, rise into the air, or fire projectiles into the air.

Have a designated adult light all fireworks. Do not allow children to light fireworks. Use eye protection and wear safety goggles. Light one at a time, move away quickly, and keep at a safe distance until the display is finished. Use fireworks only outdoors and away from anything that can burn. To prevent injuries, never have any part of their body over a firework. Never throw fireworks and never hold fireworks in your hand.

Always read and follow the directions on the label. Never use fireworks indoors.

Where legal, use fireworks outdoors in a safe and open area away from people, pets, and dry grass.

Be mindful of pets in your neighborhood! Fireworks cause stress and anxiety in dogs and cats and may cause them to try to flee from the loud noises. Many pets run off and are lost because of fireworks.

Keep a bucket of water, wet towels, and a garden hose nearby.

Light only one firework at a time—and never re-light a “dud” firework.

Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers—and don’t even think about carrying them in your pocket!

Individuals under the influence of alcohol should not use fireworks.

Monitor the area for several hours after using fireworks.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st. Read about the prediction for a busy 2020 season here!

More information what’s in store for hurricane season 2020 can be found here.

Click here to learn how to build an emergency preparedness kit.

Did You Know? Landlords are Responsible for Providing Smoke Detectors for Their Tenants!

Per City Code, Article VII - Buildings and Building Regulations Sec. 50-569. - Smoke Detectors: The owner of any unit which is rented or leased, at the beginning of each tenancy and at least annually thereafter, shall furnish the tenant with a certificate that all required smoke detectors are present, have been inspected, and are in good working order. 

Did You Know? All Buildings Shall Have Building Numbers or Approved Building Identification Plainly Legible and Visible from the Street. 

Per City Code Article I. - In General Sec. 74-7. - Street names and address numbers: Buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of ½ inch (12.7 mm). Where access is by means of a private road and the building address cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.

Department News

Welcome new firefighter Caleb Carico!

Fire safety tips:

  • Test smoke alarms every month and replace batteries twice a year when time changes.
  • Create a family escape plan and practice it often.
  • Blow out candles before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Stay in the kitchen when the stove top is in use.

These are just a few safety tips. For more information please contact your local fire department or visit  NFPA - Fire Safety