Since its formal organization in 1951, the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) has served the University community and its neighboring areas with a team of highly-trained and dedicated students and local residents.


As one of only two student-involved volunteer fire departments in the country, SVFD offers a once-in-a-lifetime for Sewanee students to serve their community. Tryouts occur each spring semester and are exclusively open to all first-year students.