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TBT…Technology has changed but Oxygen is the same. Chief Bayne going over First Aid Training. Photo from the Martin Grub...
01/02/2020

TBT…Technology has changed but Oxygen is the same. Chief Bayne going over First Aid Training. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.
01/01/2020

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

On 12-31-19 around 2139 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 3300 block of Alcott Road located in the Groveland Park section of the City. Engine 16 arrived within 4 minutes and reported light smoke showing from the door. The fire was under control at 2155 hours and reported out at 2330 hours after performing heavy overhauling. The four occupants would be displaced and arrangements are being made to assist them. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Happy New Year 2020.
01/01/2020

Happy New Year 2020.

12/31/2019
Boat Fire believed to be Accidental

On the morning of December 6th, just before 3:30, VBFD responded to a boat fire at Rudee Inlet. The first units to arrive reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the vessel, a 42-foot fishing boat docked near the 500-block of Winston-Salem Ave. No one was injured in the fire and although the fire was under control in about 20-minutes firefighters remained on the scene for hours. Although the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation Virginia Beach Fire Investigators believe the fire was electrical in nature and accidental. The early morning video of the fire was captured with a cell phone by Ken Wilson, a resident at a nearby condo. The drone video was shot by Charles Stockhowe with VBFD’s UMAS Team.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.
12/31/2019

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

On 12-31-19 around 1216 hours, units from VBFD, VBEMS and VBPD responded to a possible entrapment in the 1400 block of Nimmo Pkwy. Engine 21 was first on scene and reported that is was not an entrapment and the people were free from the vehicles. Three patients were transported to area hospitals for minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the VBFD.

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Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
12/31/2019

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder.

For more information or permissions to use, please contact Darnell Evans at [email protected].

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder.

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The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to congratulate Master Firefighter Jeff Pace on his retirement and thank h...
12/31/2019

The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to congratulate Master Firefighter Jeff Pace on his retirement and thank him for his 30 years of dedicated service to the department and to the citizens of Virginia Beach. We wish you a Happy and Healthy Retirement.

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As we prepare to ring-in in the New Year the Virginia Beach Fire Department offers our citizens some advice to start 202...
12/30/2019

As we prepare to ring-in in the New Year the Virginia Beach Fire Department offers our citizens some advice to start 2020 off safely. If you are celebrating at home please consider these tips:
House Parties
• Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
• Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
• Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
• Ask smokers to smoke outside. Provide deep ashtrays and wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
Perhaps you will be attending the annual “Last Night on the Town’ celebration hosted by the City of Virginia Beach or maybe your plans include a festive night club gathering for New Year’s Eve. Consider these tips from the NFPA:
Celebrating Out
• Have a communication plan. Identify a relative or friend to contact in case of emergency
• Take time to identify where all exits are and be prepared to use the closest one. Also check to make sure your exit is not blocked or chained.
• If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or other unusual disturbance, exit the building immediately.
• Once you are out, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operation
• Do Not Drink and Drive

Remember personal use / possession consumer fireworks is illegal in Virginia Beach.

VBFD wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!

The Virginia Beach Fire Department wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services U...
12/25/2019

The Virginia Beach Fire Department wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. Designed by Chris Schwaner.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.
12/22/2019

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

On 12-22-19 around 1516 hours, VBFD responded to a vehicle fire in the 2200 block of Harpers Road located in the Harper Square Area of Oceana. Engine 21 was fire on scene and reported a fully involved camper. With it being a long distance away from a hydrant, Tanker 5 was requested for water shuttle operations if needed. The fire was under control at 1550 hours and reported out at 1602 hours. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

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Master Firefighter M. Todd extinguishing hot spots while preserving the scene for the investigators to determine the cau...
12/20/2019

Master Firefighter M. Todd extinguishing hot spots while preserving the scene for the investigators to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
12/20/2019

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Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder.

For more information or permissions to use, please contact Darnell Evans at [email protected].

TBT…”Tis the Season”. Back in the days, the Virginia Beach Borough Fire Station had a Santa’s Work Shop. They would coll...
12/19/2019

TBT…”Tis the Season”. Back in the days, the Virginia Beach Borough Fire Station had a Santa’s Work Shop. They would collect old toys for the children and repair them in time for Christmas. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

This past Sunday the VBFD and the VBSO had the honor of working together to help Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver presents a...
12/17/2019

This past Sunday the VBFD and the VBSO had the honor of working together to help Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver presents and holiday cheer to some EDMARC families in Virginia Beach. Every year EDMARC works tirelessly to bring at least some measure of Holiday cheer to families with terminally ill children. Fire Departments and Law Enforcement agencies from across Hampton Roads volunteer their personnel and equipment to make this possible. Thanks to all who participated!

This past Sunday the VBFD and the VBSO had the honor of working together to help Santa and Mrs. Claus deliver presents and holiday cheer to some EDMARC families in Virginia Beach. Every year EDMARC works tirelessly to bring at least some measure of Holiday cheer to families with terminally ill children. Fire Departments and Law Enforcement agencies from across Hampton Roads volunteer their personnel and equipment to make this possible. Thanks to all who participated!

12/13/2019
Foodbank VBFD

The Virginia Beach Fire Department extends a heartfelt thank you to our friends and neighbors. Just about two weeks before Thanksgiving we asked the citizens of Virginia Beach to remember our “Extinguish Hunger” program in an effort to provide the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore with some extra donations of nonperishable food. The response was fast and even a little overwhelming. Please take a minute to view the video and hear the rest of this great story. We would also like to remind you that “Extinguish Hunger” is a year-round campaign and donations of non-perishable food are always welcome at your neighborhood VBFD station.

https://youtu.be/79R3q_Og-Os

12/12/2019
Christmas tree fires can turn devastating and deadly within seconds

Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur they’re much more likely to be serious. If you have a live Christmas tree be sure to keep water in the tree stand. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in more than two of every five (44%) home Christmas tree fires. Be sure to inspect all tree lighting before you use and replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or lose bulb connections. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree and keep all heat sources at least three feet away from the tree. Please view the NFPA's YouTube video to see how fast and how deadly a Christmas tree fire can be.

A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried out Christmas tree fire burns, with...

TBT…Tanker Operations down in the county area of the City. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.
12/12/2019

TBT…Tanker Operations down in the county area of the City. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

Ladder Company Academy is six days consisting of 3 days of driver training/operating and 3 days of fireground skills. Th...
12/10/2019

Ladder Company Academy is six days consisting of 3 days of driver training/operating and 3 days of fireground skills. The students are newly assigned ladder Officers, Firefighters, and members assigned to two piece Companies. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

On 12-9-19, Fire Chief David Hutcheson along with senior staff promoted Acting Captain Greg Vogel to Captain. Vogel’s pr...
12/09/2019

On 12-9-19, Fire Chief David Hutcheson along with senior staff promoted Acting Captain Greg Vogel to Captain. Vogel’s promotion will take effect on January 16, 2020. Congratulations to Captain Vogel.

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On 12-9-19, Fire Chief David Hutcheson along with senior staff promoted Acting Captain Greg Vogel to Captain. Vogel’s promotion will take effect on January 16, 2020. Congratulations to Captain Vogel.

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Congratulations to VBFA Class 3.Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Departm...
12/07/2019

Congratulations to VBFA Class 3.

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Congratulations to VBFA Class 3.

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Virginia Beach Fire Academy Class 3 will graduate this afternoon. Seven individuals began back on September 26th. These ...
12/06/2019

Virginia Beach Fire Academy Class 3 will graduate this afternoon. Seven individuals began back on September 26th. These recruits were already certified from other fire departments and were going though an accelerated fire academy. Congratulations to our newest Firefighters. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

Front Row: Travis Calvan and Cayla Harper. Back Row: Ryan Ware, Benjamin Bonniwell, Justin Weinrich, Luke Parks and Sam McFie.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.
12/05/2019

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

In 12-5-19, a luncheon was held for VBFA Class 3 and VBFD Retirees. This event allows the recruits to meet and hear stories from our retirees about their experience in the department and to show support to our newest members in the fire department family. The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to Thank Mission BBQ for providing the wonderful food for this event.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder.

For more information or permissions to use, please contact Darnell Evans at [email protected].

TBT…The aftermath of the fire at the Atlantic Hotel and Apartments that occurred in May of 1980. Photo from the Martin G...
12/05/2019

TBT…The aftermath of the fire at the Atlantic Hotel and Apartments that occurred in May of 1980. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

Graduation Day is this Friday!  Please read the invitation with this post for details.
12/04/2019

Graduation Day is this Friday! Please read the invitation with this post for details.

After her mother told her that it only takes one person to make an impact on the world we live in, 6-year old Carly Gray...
12/02/2019

After her mother told her that it only takes one person to make an impact on the world we live in, 6-year old Carly Gray-Sharon got busy. Last September she opened a lemonade stand in her neighborhood to raise money for a “pet” project she started. This ambitious and caring young lady sold enough lemonade to raise more than 300-dollars. Carly used that money, along with some donations from Calvary Virginia Beach Church to buy special oxygen masks for pets. Firefighters use these masks to treat animals rescued from a structure fire. Carly and her family delivered the masks to VBFD’s Company 2 on Haygood Road Sunday afternoon. The young lady was able to purchase enough mask kits to be distributed to fire stations throughout Virginia Beach. When asked why she decided to do this she said, “I thought about how sad I would be if something happened to my dog (in a fire)”.
VBFD values all life (whether on two legs or four) and has successfully revived many pets with these masks, specially fitted for animals ranging from large dogs to little hamsters. VBFD, along with the furry / four-legged citizens of Virginia Beach are very grateful to Carly.

After her mother told her that it only takes one person to make an impact on the world we live in, 6-year old Carly Gray-Sharon got busy. Last September she opened a lemonade stand in her neighborhood to raise money for a “pet” project she started. This ambitious and caring young lady sold enough lemonade to raise more than 300-dollars. Carly used that money, along with some donations from Calvary Virginia Beach Church to buy special oxygen masks for pets. Firefighters use these masks to treat animals rescued from a structure fire. Carly and her family delivered the masks to VBFD’s Company 2 on Haygood Road Sunday afternoon. The young lady was able to purchase enough mask kits to be distributed to fire stations throughout Virginia Beach. When asked why she decided to do this she said, “I thought about how sad I would be if something happened to my dog (in a fire)”.
VBFD values all life (whether on two legs or four) and has successfully revived many pets with these masks, specially fitted for animals ranging from large dogs to little hamsters. VBFD, along with the furry / four-legged citizens of Virginia Beach are very grateful to Carly.

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