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11/23/2020

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VBFD is seeking passionate and creative individuals to help us make our community safer for residents and visitors! Join...
11/23/2020

VBFD is seeking passionate and creative individuals to help us make our community safer for residents and visitors! Join our Community Risk Reduction team and be a VBFD hero.

On 11-22-20 around 0357 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 600 block of Reasor Drive located in the Fair...
11/22/2020

On 11-22-20 around 0357 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 600 block of Reasor Drive located in the Fairfield section of the city. Engine 10 on scene reported heavy fire in the rear of the structure and began an exterior fire attack as other crews made entry for an interior attack and searches. The fire was under control at 0414 hours and marked out at 4:23 hours. Both residents escaped along with a family cat. Three cats are unaccounted for. One civilian was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. The cause is under investigation.

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Forcing commercial roll up doors can be troublesome. Not all doors give you a good platform to work from as in this case...
11/21/2020

Forcing commercial roll up doors can be troublesome. Not all doors give you a good platform to work from as in this case. While you are familiarizing your shift with your response area, look at the buildings that could be difficult to gain entry and practice with made up props. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

TBT… Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire Chief Fred Quist saves dog that saves family circa April 1967. Article by The Virgi...
11/19/2020

TBT… Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire Chief Fred Quist saves dog that saves family circa April 1967. Article by The Virginian-Pilot.

Virginia Beach Fire Department added another vehicle to its apparatus fleet. A 2019 Ford Super Duty Starcraft XL F550 wi...
11/16/2020

Virginia Beach Fire Department added another vehicle to its apparatus fleet. A 2019 Ford Super Duty Starcraft XL F550 will be used as the Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) response vehicle. As personnel are getting trained on it, we are waiting for additional equipment to arrive. It will be placed in-service in a couple of weeks. This new vehicle is one of four units purchased for the region by the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response Team. The others are assigned to neighboring cites and are all available as needed for emergencies involving mass decontamination and multiple patients.

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Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
11/15/2020

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On 11-13-20, Fire Chief David Hutcheson presented Captain George Hughes Jr with his 30 year Pin and Certificate. Congrat...
11/14/2020

On 11-13-20, Fire Chief David Hutcheson presented Captain George Hughes Jr with his 30 year Pin and Certificate. Congratulations Captain Hughes. Photo by VBFD.

On 11-14-20 around 0546 hours, units from the VBFD, VBPD and VBEMS responded to a vehicle crash with entrapment in the 8...
11/14/2020

On 11-14-20 around 0546 hours, units from the VBFD, VBPD and VBEMS responded to a vehicle crash with entrapment in the 800 block of Military Highway. While enroute, units were advised that the vehicle was upside down in the water. Engine 10 on scene reported the vehicle was overturned in a wetland area. VBPD and VBFD entered the wetland area to search for victims but did not find anyone. Crews used a winch system to the vehicle to adjust the vehicle for a better inside view and found it clear of any victims. The crash is under investigation by the VBPD.

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On 11-12-20 around 2153 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 3500 block of Stancil Street located in the P...
11/13/2020

On 11-12-20 around 2153 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 3500 block of Stancil Street located in the Plaza section of the city. Engine 16 went on scene reported fire showing from the front of the house. The fire was marked under control at 2205 hours. One civilian and one firefighter were injured and transported to area hospitals for evaluation. 3 individuals were displaced and the Red Cross has been notified. 2 family dogs were recovered and safe but a 3rd dog did perish from the fire. The cause is under investigation.

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Congratulations to Master Firefighter Joe Polozzi on his promotion to Captain today. Chief David Hutcheson made it offic...
11/12/2020

Congratulations to Master Firefighter Joe Polozzi on his promotion to Captain today. Chief David Hutcheson made it official by presenting him his Captain’s Badge. District Chief Clay Cofer presented Master Firefighter Polozzi with his Captain’s Helmet. Polozzi’s new position is effective November 19, 2020. Photos by the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Station 18 is located at 1601 S. Lynnhaven Parkway. It has assigned there a pumper and Battalion Chief. Engine 18 is a 2...
11/12/2020

Station 18 is located at 1601 S. Lynnhaven Parkway. It has assigned there a pumper and Battalion Chief. Engine 18 is a 2019 E-ONE pumper on a Cyclone chassis and Battalion 3 is a 2018 Chevrolet 2500 HD 4-door pickup. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2019 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

TBT…TRFA Class 19 driver’s training at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in 1984. Photo from VBFD Archives.
11/12/2020

TBT…TRFA Class 19 driver’s training at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in 1984. Photo from VBFD Archives.

Master Firefighter / United States Army Reservist Sergeant Randy Boone stand’s at attention and salute’s the American Fl...
11/11/2020

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.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to salute its members, who have served or are serving this Great Country, ...
11/11/2020

The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to salute its members, who have served or are serving this Great Country, in the United States Military on this Veterans Day. "Thank You" for your service.

Eric Alger USN
Bert Allen USMC
Jeremy Asencio USN
William Ashley USA
Vanessa Austin USN
Donna Aydlette USN
Scott Beauchaine USAF
Matthew Bernhardt USN
Robert Bierwirth USN
Randy Boone USA
Michael Brown USN
Richard Brown Jr USAF
Wesley Brunner USN
Glenn Burnett USN
Travis Calvan USN
Kayla Carpenter USN
Mark Castlebury USN
Gary Chaney USN
Toby Chism USAF
David Cleveland USMC
David Compton USN
Joseph Costlow USMC
Jeremiah Crane USN
Dean DaSilva USN
Marquel Davis USAF
Troy Davis USN
Dean DeGhetto USN
Melissa Dixon USN
Henry Duchene USN
Charles Erickson USA
Jared Fernandez USN
Ronald Fisher Jr USN
Douglas France USN
Harold Gaskill USN
Joel Geiger USN
Matthew Gifford USMC
Brian Gilmore USMC
Scott Graham USMC
Joshua Green USA
Stephen Greer USN
Shawn Hall USN
Preston Harrison USN
John Hash USMC
Aaron Hauert USN
Daniel Hennet USAF
Christopher Hinckle USN
Brittany Hine USA
Kevin Holsapple USMC
Hayden Italiano USN
Jonathan Jansen USA
Cecil Jonas USN
Michael Kaliker USN
Christopher Kundert USAF
Gary Libby USA
Preston Lockhart USA
Jacob Malkowski USCG
Steven McKendry USN
Stephen Mercer USN
Jamin Mesecher USA
Chris Miele USA
Machaela Moen USN
Michael Mullins USCG
Robert Munro USAF
Daniel Niewinski USN
Clarence Osborn USAF/USMC
Gerrard Paschke USA
Scott Perry USAF
Kenneth Pravetz USAF
Summer Pruette USN
Jonathan Rhodes USMC
Wayne Richardson USN
Vance Richmond USA
David Rooks USMC
Robert Ryan USN
Robert Salak USA
Daniel Schreiner USAF
Bryan Sdankus USAF
Denver Shepherd USCG
Kyle Skelaney USMC
Jeffrey Smith USA
Christopher Springs USA
Douglas Stambaugh USMC
James Steward USN
Stanley Symanski USMC
Richard Vetter USN
Steven Walker USN
Asa Williams USCG
Norman Williams USA
Thomas Wright USA
Lynwood Yeatts USMC
Laura Young USAF
Rudy Zamenick USN
Lawrence Zimba USN

Fire Chief David Hutcheson and EMS Chief Ed Brazle congratulated Firefighter Travis Calvan and Firefighter Cayla Harper ...
11/10/2020

Fire Chief David Hutcheson and EMS Chief Ed Brazle congratulated Firefighter Travis Calvan and Firefighter Cayla Harper for passing their oral boards and are now released as Intermediates today. Photo by April Achesinski VBFD EMS Coordinator.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
11/08/2020

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - 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].

On November 6, 2020, the Virginia Beach Fire Department will honor our Line of Duty Death members by placing a sticker w...
11/06/2020

On November 6, 2020, the Virginia Beach Fire Department will honor our Line of Duty Death members by placing a sticker with a draped badge, their name and their date of death on the apparatus where the individuals were last assigned before their passing. Today District Chief Jack Crandell, dear friend of Master Firefighter Carl “Alan” Barber, placed his sticker on Engine 16. Note: Today is the twelfth anniversary of the Line of Duty Death for Master Firefighter Carl Alan Barber. Master Firefighter Barber died on November 6, 2008 as a result of occupational lung cancer from long term exposure to the byproducts from smoke while performing fire fighting duties for 32 years. Alan was just 52 years of age and a non-smoker.

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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.
NEVER FORGET!!! In April 2001, I met with FF Paul Hashigan at Rescue 1 to show him my collection of this and other Paul Thayer Photos. While there, Hashigan introduced me to Captain Terry Hatton, another FDNY legend, whose reputation extended far beyond NYC. I also met other members of the Rescue 1 crew. Five months later, with the exception of Hashigan, I believe all the guys I met, that day, laid down their lives while saving others in the Towers.
NEVER FORGET!!! In April 2001, I met with FF Paul Hashigan at Rescue 1 to show him my collection of this and other Paul Thayer Photos. While there, Hashigan introduced me to Captain Terry Hatton, another FDNY legend, whose reputation extended far beyond NYC. I also met other members of the Rescue 1 crew. Five months later, with the exception of Hashigan, I believe all the guys I met, that day, laid down their lives while saving others in the Towers.