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December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Follow these   tips to help prevent winter fires a...
01/04/2024

December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Follow these tips to help prevent winter fires and to stay safe this winter season.

✅Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles.
❌Never use an oven to heat your home.
✅Turn space heaters OFF when leaving the room or going to bed.
✅Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional.

FMI: www.nfpa.org/winterfreeze

Hope you had a wonderful and safe New Year’s!For those who decided to have your own fireworks show this past weekend and...
01/03/2024

Hope you had a wonderful and safe New Year’s!

For those who decided to have your own fireworks show this past weekend and you're now wondering what to do with all the leftover fireworks...we've got you covered.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department and the Virginia Beach Police Department want to help you SAFELY dispose of fireworks and prevent fire related injuries or damages.

💥 DO NOT put unused fireworks in dumpsters or trash cans
💥 DO NOT store unused fireworks where they may ignite other
materials or inside the home
💥 DO NOT store unused fireworks where children can get them
💥 DO take unused fireworks to any of the four VBPD Precincts

When you arrive, leave the fireworks in your vehicle, and let a staff member at the front desk know you have fireworks to drop off. An officer will assist you to collect the fireworks and will dispose of them safely. No questions asked.

This is a FREE service that could save a life!

For Police Precinct locations, follow this link: Precincts https://police.virginiabeach.gov/your-vbpd/explore-the-department/precincts

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12/31/2023
Many options in VB to recycle that dry   Christmas tree!🌲🔥
12/28/2023

Many options in VB to recycle that dry Christmas tree!🌲🔥

Christmas Tree Disposal Guide

While tossing your tree curbside is the easiest disposal option, please consider donating your bare, live-cut tree to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center where trees will be used to support marine-focused conservation efforts.

The next best option is to take your tree to the City's Landfill and Resource Recover Center, where it will be chipped and used for mulch throughout the city.

12/27/2023

Chesapeake firefighters were busy this afternoon working a brush fire in the area of 168BP and Gallbush Rd. Approximately 1-2 acres were burned which included stacks of old railroad ties. It’s taken a significant amount of water and Class A foam to extinguish the ties. Big thanks to Virginia Beach Fire Department for responding Engine 13 and Tanker 13 to assist with water supply. The rail line was not affected. 🚂

On Thursday December 21, 2023, Firefighter Robin Schmidt passed the TEMS Oral Boards and is officially released Paramedi...
12/26/2023

On Thursday December 21, 2023, Firefighter Robin Schmidt passed the TEMS Oral Boards and is officially released Paramedic. Pictured: Deputy Chief Vance Cooper, Medical Director Dr. Stewart Martin M.D., Firefighter Robin Schmidt, Deputy Chief Amy Valdez and Chief of VBEMS Jason Stroud. Congratulations! Photo by VBFD EMS Coordinator April Achesinski.

Look who stopped by First Landing Fire & EMS station today to wish members of Company 1-A Shift a very Merry Christmas. ...
12/26/2023

Look who stopped by First Landing Fire & EMS station today to wish members of Company 1-A Shift a very Merry Christmas.

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Firefighters working today from Rescue 1-A Company 3 (London Bridge) and their families want to wish you and yours a ver...
12/26/2023

Firefighters working today from Rescue 1-A Company 3 (London Bridge) and their families want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

The Virginia Beach Fire Department Honor Guard wants to sincerely thank all of you who purchased your Christmas tree and...
12/21/2023

The Virginia Beach Fire Department Honor Guard wants to sincerely thank all of you who purchased your Christmas tree and or wreaths from our fundraising tree lot at Station 18. Your contribution has helped raise money to support the Virginia Beach Honor Guard Association.

Our mission is to honor fallen firefighters and support the families of the fallen during their time of need. Your generous donation will allow us to continue to provide services honoring our fallen brothers and sisters, their sacrifices, and their families.

Thank you again for your generosity and support.

Wishing you a safe and memorable holiday season with family and friends.

Still shopping? Give the gift of Fire Safety!🎁🔥Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and fire extingui...
12/21/2023

Still shopping? Give the gift of Fire Safety!🎁🔥Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.🧯Consider your family's needs for carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and a home escape ladder. Working smoke alarms save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

HEY, WE'RE HIRING!!!!“All I want for Christmas is to be a Virginia Beach Firefighter!” If this is what you’ve been wishi...
12/20/2023

HEY, WE'RE HIRING!!!!

“All I want for Christmas is to be a Virginia Beach Firefighter!” If this is what you’ve been wishing for, here’s your opportunity to join the Virginia Beach Fire Department family.

We are currently accepting candidate applications for Firefighter Recruit and Certified Firefighter. Applications for Firefighter Recruit and Certified Firefighter will be accepted online at https://bit.ly/3GSSfH4 through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024.

Click the link below to see the details of the position:
https://bit.ly/3tthwog

To learn more about the Academy, opportunities, pay, and benefits visit our Career Opportunities page at: https://bit.ly/3U7Zhxo

Questions? Visit https://bit.ly/47WH8J3 or email [email protected]

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Master Firefighter Andrew White on his promotion to Captain. His pr...
12/20/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Master Firefighter Andrew White on his promotion to Captain. His promotion is effective Jan. 4, 2024. Congratulations A.J.!

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Captain Sean Betts on his promotion to Battalion Chief. His promoti...
12/20/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Captain Sean Betts on his promotion to Battalion Chief. His promotion is effective January 4, 2024.

Congratulations Sean!

12/19/2023
WORKING FIRE: 730 BLK Emerald Lake Dr. - On 12/15/2023, units were dispatched to a working fire in the 730 BLK of Emeral...
12/16/2023

WORKING FIRE: 730 BLK Emerald Lake Dr. - On 12/15/2023, units were dispatched to a working fire in the 730 BLK of Emerald Lake Drive – Pembroke Lake Apartments on 12:15:2023 at 10:52:18. When crews arrived at 10:55:43, heavy smoke was visible from 2nd story of a two-story multi-family structure. No one was home at the time of the incident. Two adults and one child have been displaced. Red Cross is assisting. No injuries to civilians, firefighters, or pets. Origin/Cause under investigation.

Sparky The Fire Dog stopped by the VBFD Honor Guard Tree Lot at Station 18 today. He also wanted to remind everyone how ...
12/14/2023

Sparky The Fire Dog stopped by the VBFD Honor Guard Tree Lot at Station 18 today. He also wanted to remind everyone how important it is to water fresh Christmas trees daily! 🎄💦🎄

🌲🌲Tree Safety Tips🌲🌲
🌲Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
🌲Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
🌲Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
🌲Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
🌲Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
🌲Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
🌲Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
🌲Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
🌲Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Acting Captain Marquel Davis on his promotion to Captain. His promo...
12/13/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Acting Captain Marquel Davis on his promotion to Captain. His promotion is effective Dec. 14, 2023. Thank you for your service and dedication to the VBFD & VB Community. Again, “Congratulations Marquel!”

It's the most wonderful time of the year! If you haven't gotten your 🎄tree yet, we still have trees available. Come by G...
12/12/2023

It's the most wonderful time of the year! If you haven't gotten your 🎄tree yet, we still have trees available. Come by Green Run - Fire Station 18, 1593 Lynnhaven Pkwy., to get your Frasier Fir Christmas tree and support your VBFD Honor Guard!

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating BC Joseph Marzitello for 30 years of public service. Congratulation...
12/12/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating BC Joseph Marzitello for 30 years of public service. Congratulations Joe! Thank you for your continued service & dedication to the VBFD and our community.

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Captain Matthew Pittman on his promotion to Battalion Chief. His pr...
12/12/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Captain Matthew Pittman on his promotion to Battalion Chief. His promotion is effective December 14, 2023.
Congratulations Matt! Thank you for your continued service and dedication.

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Capt. Christopher Francis for 30 years of public service. Congratul...
12/12/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Capt. Christopher Francis for 30 years of public service. Congratulations Chris! Thank you for your continued service and dedication to the VBFD and the Virginia Beach community.

Congratulations to members of the VBFD who were recognized for their years of public service at the Annual Service Award...
12/08/2023

Congratulations to members of the VBFD who were recognized for their years of public service at the Annual Service Awards ceremony held last evening. Capt. Jonathan Rigolo was recognized for 40 years of public service; AC Jack Crandell, Capt. Dean DaSilva (Ret.) and MFF Christopher Stockhowe were recognized for 35 years of public service and MFF Christine Barakey, Will Filomarino, Capt. Christopher Francis and BC Joseph Marzitello were recognized for 30 years of public service. Congratulations to all. Thank you for your continued service and dedication to the Department and the city of Virginia Beach!
City Manager Patrick Duhaney, Mayor Bobby Dyer and Fire Chief Pravetz were also in attendance.
Photos: AC J. Crandell, Capt. C. Francis and W. Filomarino

Candles are a part of many holiday celebrations, but open flames make them dangerous if they tip over or when they are p...
12/08/2023

Candles are a part of many holiday celebrations, but open flames make them dangerous if they tip over or when they are placed too close to anything flammable. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. Celebrate safely. 🕯🔥🕯

If you do burn candles, make sure that you...
🔥Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn
🔥Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
🔥Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
🔥Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
🔥Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
🔥Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
🔥Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
🔥Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
🔥Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.

This month’s Firefighter Friday features our 2023 Firefighter of the Year, Capt. Scott Springer. Read more about Scott’s...
12/08/2023

This month’s Firefighter Friday features our 2023 Firefighter of the Year, Capt. Scott Springer. Read more about Scott’s journey and career in the VBFD. https://bit.ly/3GAR1zW

We love our FF Cadets! Congratulations to all the Annual Awards recipients!  L to R: MFF Kris Ussery, Isabella Hofmeiste...
12/07/2023

We love our FF Cadets! Congratulations to all the Annual Awards recipients!
L to R: MFF Kris Ussery, Isabella Hofmeister, Micah Tanner, Brandon Mackeiwicz, Kylie Bromwell

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance please share this with them. Also, please share with family and...
12/07/2023

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance please share this with them. Also, please share with family and friends.

Drive-thru food distribution Tuesday, December 12, 2023, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or until food runs out at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach.

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REMINDER: If you would like to donate food any time of year, you can drop off non-expired non-perishable food at any Virginia Beach Fire Station!

Help us spread the word about the ’s next drive-thru food distribution on Tuesday, December 12, from 10am to 2pm at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. We look forward to partnering with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shore again before the busy holiday season!

Remember:
• Guests will be directed to enter via Dam Neck Road.
• Please come with your trunk empty.
• Put your car in park at each stopping point and end all phone calls.
• Once you have pulled up to the loading station, please remain in your vehicle.
• The distribution will go until 2pm or until food runs out, whichever comes first.

Can’t make it? Be sure to use the Foodbank’s online partner agency directory or find a distribution near you. https://foodbankonline.org/directory/

Virginia Beach Fire Department has responded to multiple residential fires since the start of this year’s 2023 holiday s...
12/06/2023

Virginia Beach Fire Department has responded to multiple residential fires since the start of this year’s 2023 holiday season. 🔥🚒🎄🕯️
Please remember that festive celebrations and gatherings, flickering lights, Christmas trees, and cozy nights in front of the fireplace are excellent ways to embrace the magic, but it’s up to you to avoid the tragic.
Follow these tips to help prevent common fire hazards and keep your family and holiday guests safe, all season long.

⭐ Properly dispose of fireplace ashes and cigarette butts with water before discarding.

⭐ Keep your kitchen cook space clean and free of flammable objects.

⭐ Stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.

⭐ If using grill or smoker for holiday feasts, keep far away from house and flammable objects.

⭐ Keep lit candles away from décor and other flammable objects.

⭐ Turn off lights when leaving the house or going to bed.

⭐ Water fresh Christmas trees daily.

⭐ Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Battalion Chief Norman Williams on his promotion to Assistant Chief...
12/05/2023

Please join Fire Chief Ken Pravetz in congratulating Battalion Chief Norman Williams on his promotion to Assistant Chief. His promotion is effective January 4, 2024.
Congratulations Norm!

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