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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!

Virginia City Highlands Fire Safe Council

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. 

Virginia City Highlands Fire Safe Council 

http://www.nvfsc.org/html/highlands.html 

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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