Lemony Snicket Wiki
Lemony Snicket Wiki

The V.F.D. Headquarters was the headquarters for the Volunteer Fire Department, located in the Mortmain Mountains. It was also the penultimate safe place for V.F.D. volunteers until it was eventually burned to the ground by the Man With a Beard But No Hair and the Woman with Hair but No Beard. Valuable pieces of information that survived the fire turned out to be useful to Violet and Klaus Baudelaire, who, along with Quigley Quagmire, used them to find the location of the Last Safe Place.


The structure that contained the organization's headquarters was located in the Mortmain Mountains, in the Valley of Four Drafts, at the base of Mount Fraught. Before its destruction at the hands of the Man With a Beard But No Hair and the Woman With Hair But No Beard, it was said to contain had the following rooms:

  • A kitchen
  • A dining room
  • A parlor
  • A disguise center
  • A movie room
  • A set of stables
  • A gymnasium
  • A training center
  • A garage
  • Six laboratories
  • Dormitories
  • Schoolrooms
  • A lounge
  • A theater
  • A music room
  • A museum
  • An ice cream shop
  • Rehearsal studios
  • Testing centers
  • A swimming pool
  • Bathrooms
  • The grand V.F.D. library

According to a book that Quigley Quagmire once read, there was a mechanism found just outside a large window in the kitchen that turned some of the water extracted from the waterfall at the source of the Stricken Stream into steam. This steam would then rise up and cover the headquarters so it could be obscured by mist. In the process, it allows the headquarters to appear invisible to enemies of V.F.D.



A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2 Exclusive VFD Clip Netflix

The opening party for the new V.F.D. Headquarters[1]

During the events of The Slippery Slope, Violet and Klaus Baudelaire and Quigley Quagmire had entered what once was the headquarters' kitchen through a secret passageway by taking the following steps. First, they found the Vertical Flame Diversion at the back of the cave in the Mortmain Mountains, which once housed both the Volunteer Feline Detectives and the Snow Scouts. Then they climbed up the footholds carved into the side of the Vertical Flame Diversion before they walked down a dim, curving hallway. Afterwards, they entered the correct phrases into the Vernacularly Fastened Door. By the time the trio entered the headquarters, they were disappointed to discover that they were too late, as it had already been burned down.

Now, all that remains of the V.F.D. Headquarters is:

  • a handful of silverware
  • the remnants of a stove and a refrigerator
  • a pile of burnt wood that was probably a dining table
  • a half-melted candelabra
  • various mysterious objects including: a trombone, the pendulum of a grandfather's clock, something that looks like either a periscope or a spyglass, an ice cream scoop that has burnt sugar, an iron archway emblazoned with the words "V.F.D. Library", and a "burnt wooden sign marked Poetry".[2]

The Baudelaires and Quigley temporarily settled into the headquarters and later lured Esmé Squalor to a trap they built in hopes that they would trade Sunny's freedom for Esmé's, though the plan didn't work as expected, and Esmé was able to free herself.