Community Programs

Throughout the year, the Storey County Fire Department is involved in a number of activities aimed at fire prevention.  Additionally, the department hosts a variety of community outreach workshops, such as CPR training and fire safety lectures at the local schools.  We encourage all citizens of Storey County to get involved and to join us periodically for fire safety and prevention workshops. They are fun, and they’ll help you help us keep our businesses and homes safe!

Ambulance Subscription

The Storey County Fire Department offers enrollment year round in the Ambulance Subscription Program.  It is open to all residents within our response area including Virginia City, Gold Hill, Virginia City Highlands, Mark Twain Estates, Lockwood and the Tahoe Reno Industrial Complex. This program is also available to non-Storey County residents working in Storey County during their normal work hours and during travel to and from work within Storey County.  

This program will cover Storey County households for $25.00 dollars per year for Head of Household, as stated on most recent income tax return, age 65 and over, $40.00 per year for a Head of Household, as stated on most recent income tax return, under age 65, and $10 per year for each eligible dependent regardless of age, maximum fee per household of $75.00. The annual fee for non-residents is $25.00 per year for a subscriber age 65 and over and $40.00 per year for a subscriber under age 65.  No spouse or dependent coverage is available for non-Storey County residents. 

This subscription is not an insurance policy, but rather a benefit offered to the residents and employees of our service area. It will cover your out-of-pocket expenses associated with your private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. The Fire Department will still bill insurance, where applicable, but balances and deductibles will be covered through this program.

This program will not cover any mutual aid, advanced life support, or ground or air ambulances. For example, if you require an air lift to a hospital, you will still receive a bill from that agency. However, if you are treated or transported in Carson City, Lyon County Fire Protection Districts or East Fork Fire Protection District, our agreement will be reciprocated by those agencies and they will honor your Storey County Ambulance Subscription. Please call for more information.

Each year renewal letters will be sent to current subscribers. Appropriate signatures and payments shall be returned to 145 North C Street in Virginia City. To signup for this program call the Storey County Fire Department at 775-847-0954 to have an application mailed to you, or pick up an application at Station 71 on North C Street.

Ambulance Subscription Program Agreement

Ambulance Subscription Application

Burn Permits

You may apply for a burn permit during the winter and spring months or when fire restrictions are not in place.  To obtain or renew a Burn Permit, please call 775-847-0954. You may also stop by Station 71, at 145 North C Street, Virginia City. The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday -through Friday. Burn permits are issued free of charge. Burning is prohibited within Virginia City, Gold Hill and the Virginia Highlands.  Fuels can be taken to the slash pile for disposal in the Virginia City Highlands year around. 

Free Smoke Alarm Program

The Storey County Fire Protection District is offering a Residential Smoke Alarm Program to all Storey County Residents.  We will install brand new smoke alarms in your home, free of charge, and provide fire safety information.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that, “74 percent of fatal fires occur in homes without working smoke alarms”. It also reports that, “all smoke alarms should be replaced once every 10 years because they often fail by their tenth year”.  Many people don’t test their smoke alarms or replace batteries yearly, so many homes aren’t protected even when smoke alarms are present.

 To schedule an appointment, please call Patty Blakely at Storey County Fire 775-847-0954.

Please note:  Existing hard-wired smoke alarm systems should be maintained by a certified electrician.  

You Call We Haul Program

Research and experience has shown that fuel reduction around homes increases the probability of it surviving a wildfire.  Fuel reduction through vegetation management is the key to creating good defensible space and it is crucial to reducing the threat and effects of wildland fire. 

Storey County Fire Protection District continues to offer the “You-Call-We-Haul” Program year-round to all Storey County residents.  This program is supported by the Storey County Fire Protection District, Storey County Volunteer Fire Department and Highlands Fire Safe Council.  It gives us the ability to deliver dump trailers to all Storey County residents free of charge.  After you have loaded the trailer with your excess vegetative fuel, the Storey County Fire Protection District will pick up the trailer and dispose of the material that was removed.  All you have to do is load it up!

In addition, we will perform a courtesy on-site fuel reduction inspection.  This may be scheduled at the same time that we deliver your trailer, or in advance.  It is not our intent to have your property look barren and without vegetation.  There are many things that you can do to reduce hazards.  Our staff is here to work with you to provide an attractive and safe environment. 

The Storey County Fire Protection District encourages every property owner to take advantage of this wonderful program.  However, if you prefer to do the work yourself, you can deliver the vegetative fuel to the Highlands Fire Station or in Mark Twain.  To request a dump trailer, call 847-0954 and ask for Patty Blakely.  

Virginia City Highlands Fire Safe Council 

The Virginia City Highlands Fire Safe Council was established to help involve residents in practicing fire-safe activities in the Virginia City Highlands. Additionally, this council attempts to establish a community-wide approach to reducing the wildfire threat in the area through education and collaboration. The program began with workshops in the Virginia City Highlands in the spring and summer of 2000, where forest health and defensible space training was conducted. Today, the council hosts workshops, distributes a monthly newsletters to residents and facilitates ideas for marking ingress and egress routes, coordinating wildfire hazard fuel cleanup days and community planning for fuel breaks and green stripping.


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