County Wide Burn Ban in effect. No open air burning. 

County Wide Burn Ban effective at 9:00AM on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.  Due to the dangerously dry conditions and lack of rainfall throughout the county, the Fire Marshal’s Office has implemented a ban on all open air burning pursuant to §8-17.b of the Code of Franklin County, Virginia. Open air burning is defined as the burning of any brush, grass, leaves, or other vegetation or any other combustible material that is not contained in an approved container or commercially constructed device that has a metal mesh spark arresting screen in place. Dry conditions currently exist outdoors that are favorable for rapid fire spread due to the lack of measurable rainfall throughout the county.

This ban is effective beginning at 9:00AM on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 and will remain in effect until the area receives a significant amount of rainfall that decreases fire risk, at which time the ban shall be lifted. A violation of this ban is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by confinement of up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $2500 fine.

Becoming a volunteer for a fire department or rescue squad is a time consuming adventure but it is nonetheless rewarding.  Volunteer Application (You will exit the Franklin County Public Safety website and connect to a 3rd party software)

This MOU will serve as an agreement between Franklin County and other localities to participate in the regional IMT. Download MOU & instructions to answer any questions.

View our dashboard to show our performance data. Public Safety Dashboard

Sign up for CodeRED and be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.

See Careers available in Franklin County by viewing the Franklin County Website.


This site is focused on providing you with an overview of the Public Safety system.

Mission Statement

Franklin County's Department of Public Safety is dedicated to providing Emergency Services, to include, but not limited to, Fire, EMS, Animal Control and Emergency Management that are, delivered in a timely and efficient manner by well-trained and dedicated career and volunteer professionals.

What is Public Safety?

The Department of Public Safety was created by County ordinance in 1988 to oversee four areas of safety concerns within the County; Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management and Animal Control. The Department also oversees and works with 10 volunteer fire companies and 9 volunteer rescue squads. While the County relies heavily on professional volunteers to answer approximately 7000 EMS calls and 3500 fire calls annually, Public Safety also supplements the system with career fire and EMS providers.

Public Protection Classification

Franklin County Public Safety currently has an Insurance Service Offices Public Protection Classification (ISO-PPC) of 4/4Y, for the entire county.