Wintergreen is Safe and Secure
Emergency: Call 911
non-emergency police: 434-325-1106
Because of their training, professional standards and proven professional performance, Wintergreen police are recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia as full-authority law enforcement officers. The sworn personnel have the same required training and legal responsibilities as any municipal or government police.
The Wintergreen Police Department is the only private police agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia to have obtained a Certificate of Accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission as a state accredited law enforcement agency.
Patrol officers work with local jurisdictions such as the National Park Service, Nelson County Sheriff's Office, and the Virginia State Police. Through an agreement between the Nelson County Sheriff and the Wintergreen Chief, Wintergreen officers are appointed as special deputies for Nelson County.
All patrol officers and communications personnel graduate from approved criminal justice academies and attend in-service training as required by state guidelines, re-qualifying annually with all firearms.
Programs for property owners include registering ski equipment. Owners away for an extended amount of time can request checks on their home. Wintergreen property owners are invited to observe their police department first-hand, riding with patrol officers or observing the gate and communications operations during normal operations.
Wintergreen Fire & Rescue
There are three separate groups that make up fire and rescue at Wintergreen. One is the Rescue Squad and another is the Fire Department. Both are separate volunteer nonprofit organizations with their own Boards of Directors and members.
The third group is called Wintergreen Fire and Rescue. This refers to a department within WPOA. The 28 full-time employees of Wintergreen Fire and Rescue are cross-trained to assist both the Rescue Squad and the Fire Department.
The Insurance Safety Office (ISO) rating for the Wintergreen Fire Department places the department in the 98th percentile compared to similar departments in the nation.
The rescue squad offers WPOA members a “healthy 12-lead EKG” by appointment. The member's information from these base cardiograms stays on file in each ambulance to provide better diagnosis in the case of a cardiac emergency. The rescue squad also has medical equipment such as crutches, wheelchairs, etc., which are loaned to property owners with temporary needs.
Capital items such as ambulances and fire-trucks are not supported by WPOA assessments. Donations, many during annual fund-drives, fund these items.
The Ski Patrol at Wintergreen Resort
The Wintergreen Ski Patrol is primarily responsible for the rescue and emergency care of customers, employees, and visitors to Wintergreen Resort's ski slopes. The patrol also promotes safe recreation practices, working with resort staff to control hazards, maintain trails, and provide any necessary services to Wintergreen's guests to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Learn more about the ski patrol here.