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Today's #ActOfKindness - Take time today to check on your neighbors to ensure they are inside in a cool place and have p...
07/29/2021

Today's #ActOfKindness - Take time today to check on your neighbors to ensure they are inside in a cool place and have plenty of water to stay hydrated. #Seniors #Kids #pets #HeatStroke #NeighborHelpingNeighbor #petsafety

Excessive heat expected across the central U.S. Everyone is at risk from the dangers of extreme heat, but these groups are more vulnerable than most. Ensure that your loved ones and neighbors are safe from the heat and remain #WeatherReady. weather.gov/safety/during

DON'T FORGET!! Next weekend is Virginia's 3-Day Sales Tax Holiday | August 6 - 8, 2021During the sales tax holiday, you ...
07/27/2021
Virginia Sales Tax Holiday

DON'T FORGET!! Next weekend is Virginia's 3-Day Sales Tax Holiday | August 6 - 8, 2021

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products WITHOUT PAYING SALES TAX!!! This also includes household items like carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Learn more at: https://www.tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday

Captain Jon Rigolo and Firefighter Nicholas Boyd, Rescue Company 2, were interviewed by WTKR Reporter Anthony Sabella re...
07/23/2021
Virginia Beach Fire Department adds $1 million 'Swiss Army knife' of rescue vehicles to fleet

Captain Jon Rigolo and Firefighter Nicholas Boyd, Rescue Company 2, were interviewed by WTKR Reporter Anthony Sabella regarding the department’s new Rescue 2, Technical Rescue truck. Jon explained the many types of incidents/disasters it is used for including incidents concerning collapsed structures, confined spaces, rope and high angle rescues, trench collapse, and vehicle machinery entrapments. Firefighter Nicholas Boyd provided an interior tour of the truck and the types of equipment the truck carries. Nice job!!

The two identical, $1 million vehicles called rescue companies will help Virginia Beach firefighters save lives in vehicle entrapments, water rescues and building collapses.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.
07/23/2021

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

Following in footsteps from one generation to the next! #Pride #family
07/20/2021

Following in footsteps from one generation to the next! #Pride #family

Following in footsteps from one generation to the next! #Pride #family

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
07/19/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
07/17/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Great teamwork was demonstrated today as both Chesapeake Fire Department and Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to...
07/16/2021

Great teamwork was demonstrated today as both Chesapeake Fire Department and Virginia Beach Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in Chesapeake in the 1100 block of Plantation Lakes Circle. Neighboring city fire crews often respond and provide auto-aid assistance when an incident is near city lines.

🐱🐶Today is #NationalPetFireSafety Day!🐶🐱 Nearly 750 fires🔥 are accidentally started by homeowners' pets each year. Creat...
07/15/2021

🐱🐶Today is #NationalPetFireSafety Day!🐶🐱 Nearly 750 fires🔥 are accidentally started by homeowners' pets each year. Create and practice a home escape plan with your whole family, #furbabies included!😻Here are some tips:

🐾Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves, stove k***s, and countertops.

🐾Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters. Ensure your pet is never left unattended around an open flame. Consider battery-operated, flameless candles.

🐾Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place. Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, stove, and grill.

🐾Watch pets (especially puppies) to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

🐾Have working smoke alarms on every level of the home. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.

🐾Never go back inside for pets in a fire. Tell firefighters if your pet is trapped.

🐾Include information about your pets in your Smart911 Safety Profile so that first responders are better prepared to help your pets in an emergency.

#PetSafety #Smart911 #FireSafety
Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center
Virginia Beach SPCA

FMI:
https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PetSafetyTips.ashx

🐱🐶Today is #NationalPetFireSafety Day!🐶🐱 Nearly 750 fires🔥 are accidentally started by homeowners' pets each year. Create and practice a home escape plan with your whole family, #furbabies included!😻Here are some tips:

🐾Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves, stove k***s, and countertops.

🐾Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters. Ensure your pet is never left unattended around an open flame. Consider battery-operated, flameless candles.

🐾Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place. Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, stove, and grill.

🐾Watch pets (especially puppies) to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

🐾Have working smoke alarms on every level of the home. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.

🐾Never go back inside for pets in a fire. Tell firefighters if your pet is trapped.

🐾Include information about your pets in your Smart911 Safety Profile so that first responders are better prepared to help your pets in an emergency.

#PetSafety #Smart911 #FireSafety
Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center
Virginia Beach SPCA

FMI:
https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PetSafetyTips.ashx

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
07/15/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Virginia Beach-based urban search and rescue team returns from Surfside
07/14/2021
Virginia Beach-based urban search and rescue team returns from Surfside

Virginia Beach-based urban search and rescue team returns from Surfside

For about two weeks, members of Virginia Task Force 2 (VATF-2) have been in south Florida helping with response efforts to the Surfside, Fla., condo collapse. Tuesday, they completed their 975-mile journey back home to Virginia Beach.

Today, family members and friends gathered at the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center to welcome home, VA-TF2 members a...
07/14/2021

Today, family members and friends gathered at the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center to welcome home, VA-TF2 members after being deployed to Surfside, Florida, to assist with the rescue and recovery efforts of the Champlain Tower collapse.

Welcome home VA-TF2!!
07/13/2021

Welcome home VA-TF2!!

07/12/2021
They're coming home...
07/12/2021

They're coming home...

The Type I task force from VATF-2 has received demobilization orders and begun the long trip home. The team is expected to arrived back in Virginia Beach on Tuesday. All three structural engineers that deployed ahead of the task force returned home at various times over the past few days. The 8 members deployed with the IST cache will remain on site in Florida until the IST is demobilized. VATF-2 also still has one member in Florida serving on the IST.

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and support throughout the deployment.

Land clearing for the New Burton Station Fire and EMS Station #22 has begun. Construction is expected to take 16 months ...
07/10/2021

Land clearing for the New Burton Station Fire and EMS Station #22 has begun. Construction is expected to take 16 months with a projected completion date of sometime around October/November 2022. The station will be +/- 14,000 square feet with 3 apparatus bays. It will have quarters for the 30 firefighter (10 per shift) and 5 EMS personnel. We will staff an engine and ladder 24/7 with 4 person minimum staffing on each rig. The station will feature a community room to accommodate meetings of local organizations when requested.

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Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post
07/09/2021

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post

Sending on behalf of the Painter Family...To Our Dear Friends Whom We Are Forever Grateful,Thank you to each and every o...
07/09/2021

Sending on behalf of the Painter Family...

To Our Dear Friends Whom We Are Forever Grateful,

Thank you to each and every one of you for your kindness and support during this most difficult time. There truly are not enough words to express our deepest appreciation for all that was done to create such a beautiful and memorable celebration of life for our beloved Michael Painter. In times of tragedy, we are often reminded of how precious time is and each of you has given so generously of your time. It is a gift that has been felt by each and every single one of us and it means more than you could possibly know. We are always surprised that even in the darkest of moments, light finds a way to sneak in through the cracks. The stories you shared with us are those streaks of light. The laughter we find through the tears are the bright spots we need to get through the pain. Thank you for being rays of light through the cloudiest of days. The overwhelming outpouring of love, support, and generosity for Mike, for us, has been remarkable. Mike was incredibly honored to serve, protect and support the City of Virginia Beach throughout his career. Upon his loss, our family has been honored by the service, protection, and support from this city he loved so dearly. Your words have comforted us, your support has strengthened us, and your love has sustained us. While words will never seem enough to fully express our thanks, we hope that you each know that you’ve touched our hearts in ways we will forever remember and cherish.

With love,
The Family of Michael Painter

Sending on behalf of the Painter Family...

To Our Dear Friends Whom We Are Forever Grateful,

Thank you to each and every one of you for your kindness and support during this most difficult time. There truly are not enough words to express our deepest appreciation for all that was done to create such a beautiful and memorable celebration of life for our beloved Michael Painter. In times of tragedy, we are often reminded of how precious time is and each of you has given so generously of your time. It is a gift that has been felt by each and every single one of us and it means more than you could possibly know. We are always surprised that even in the darkest of moments, light finds a way to sneak in through the cracks. The stories you shared with us are those streaks of light. The laughter we find through the tears are the bright spots we need to get through the pain. Thank you for being rays of light through the cloudiest of days. The overwhelming outpouring of love, support, and generosity for Mike, for us, has been remarkable. Mike was incredibly honored to serve, protect and support the City of Virginia Beach throughout his career. Upon his loss, our family has been honored by the service, protection, and support from this city he loved so dearly. Your words have comforted us, your support has strengthened us, and your love has sustained us. While words will never seem enough to fully express our thanks, we hope that you each know that you’ve touched our hearts in ways we will forever remember and cherish.

With love,
The Family of Michael Painter

Join us today at 11 a.m. as we live stream today's graduation of Virginia Beach Fire Academy 5. The ceremony will be hel...
07/09/2021

Join us today at 11 a.m. as we live stream today's graduation of Virginia Beach Fire Academy 5. The ceremony will be held in Bennett Hall at the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Road. FMI: https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=5375&title=nine+to+graduate+from+virginia+beach+fire+academy%2c+friday%2c+july+9

Join us today at 11 a.m. as we live stream today's graduation of Virginia Beach Fire Academy 5. The ceremony will be held in Bennett Hall at the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Road. FMI: https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=5375&title=nine+to+graduate+from+virginia+beach+fire+academy%2c+friday%2c+july+9

Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors
07/09/2021
Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors

Tears, prayer mark end to search for Florida condo survivors

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse, as rescue workers stood at solemn attention and clergy members hugged a line of local officials while many of them sobbed.

3️⃣8️⃣ ➡️The average number of children in the U.S. that die from vehicular heatstroke each year. Help prevent another t...
07/08/2021

3️⃣8️⃣ ➡️The average number of children in the U.S. that die from vehicular heatstroke each year. Help prevent another tragedy. The inside temperature can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes. Before you know it, cars can become unsafe for children and pets. Never leave a child or a pet alone in a car, not even for a minute. http://bit.ly/1gy2XPR

#heatstroke, #CheckForBaby, #HeatstrokeKills #SummerSafetyTips

3️⃣8️⃣ ➡️The average number of children in the U.S. that die from vehicular heatstroke each year. Help prevent another tragedy. The inside temperature can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes. Before you know it, cars can become unsafe for children and pets. Never leave a child or a pet alone in a car, not even for a minute. http://bit.ly/1gy2XPR

#heatstroke, #CheckForBaby, #HeatstrokeKills #SummerSafetyTips

Photos from National US&R Response System's post
07/08/2021

Photos from National US&R Response System's post

REMINDER: Scholarship Applications to attend the VATF-2 Structural Collapse Specialist Course ends TODAY, July 6!
07/06/2021

REMINDER: Scholarship Applications to attend the VATF-2 Structural Collapse Specialist Course ends TODAY, July 6!

‼️Don’t forget! Scholarship Applications to attend the VATF-2 Structural Collapse Specialist Course ends TOMORROW! ⬇️
https://conta.cc/3jqXL9x

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Merry Christmas to all of you working today or volunteering, especially my nephew Bryan Ireland . Love you 💙
What happened on Salina on 11/21/2020 street was blocked off fire and rescue. Every Where had to detour
Master Firefighter / United States Army Reservist Sergeant Randy Boone stand’s at attention and salute’s the American Flag during the playing of the National Anthem on Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story/Little Creek Amphibious Base. On this Veterans Day, we salute the men and women who served this Great Country we call the United States of America. Thank You for your service.
A friend of my cousin who is a FF/PM in the Chicago area. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mf3es-dylans-family/donations?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3T1Z52uyX_BYQFjXPFLXGEyezbk0I6LfWL_PvuoZTE1MKcgc5kKLUXdjw If anyone can donate and/or share, that's greatly appreciated. Stay safe!!
Prayers for VBFD PIO Art Kohn...
The first week of October is National Fire Prevention week. The Virginia Beach Fire Department demonstrates the right and wrong ways to contain grease fires on the stove.
Here are two photographs that I took on King Neptune while he was illuminated red in the honor and remembrance of the Fallen Firefighters.
The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend (October 2, 2020) is the official national tribute to those firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. A candlelight service is normally held for the families on Saturday evening but due to the pandemic, that will not be possible this year. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking fire departments, localities and citizens across the country to participate in “Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters”. The VBFD has arranged for the illumination (in red) of the VB Emergency Operations Center (Bldg. 30) and the iconic King Neptune statue on the boardwalk at 31st Street. The illumination of these structures begins on October 2nd at Building 30 and on October 3rd at the boardwalk. Both will remain lit through Sunday. The Virginia Beach Fire Department ask you to join us is supporting this national observance by shining a red light on your porch. You can be a beacon of hope to Fire Hero Families and firefighters nationwide by joining us for Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.
Tomorrow marks the official start of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial weekend. VBFD will be honoring all firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty by participating in the NFFF's national "Light the Night" observances this weekend by illuminating the VB Emergency Operations Center (Bldg. 30) from October 2 - 4 and the King Neptune Statue on the boardwalk at the Oceanfront on October 3-4. Both of these structures will be aglow with red lights to honor our fallen firefighters, everywhere. VBFD invites you to do your own home illumination with something as simple a red light bulb in your porch light.
Photo by Paul Thayer I was appointed to FDNY during the “War Years” in 1968. At the time, NYC was experiencing a worsening arson epidemic and the FDNY was becoming overwhelmed by the workload, particularly in the inner city neighborhoods like Harlem, After receiving “accelerated” training at the Fire Academy, I was assigned to Tower Ladder 14, East Harlem. A few minutes after entering the firehouse carrying my rubber turnout coat, 3/4 boots, and leather helmet, I was greeted by Lt. Bob O'Brian, a man with bulging biceps, square jaw and firm handshake. The Lieutenant looked me in the eye and told me there was one thing he wanted me to do. “I want you to be the best firefighter you could possibly be!”, he said. One of the senior men told me about a “grab” where Bob carried an unconscious victim down an Ariel Ladder over his shoulder. When he made Captain, he moved over to 40 Truck where his career was cut short by a heart attack. Not done saving lives, Bob underwent training as a male nurse. He left this world after suffering a massive heart attack while jogging.