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September 19-25 is #ChildPassengerSafety Week!  Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Certif...
09/19/2021

September 19-25 is #ChildPassengerSafety Week! Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available by appointment to inspect your car seat free of charge, and show you how to correctly install and use it. Visit VBFD's website for installation tips and videos, or book an appointment with a certified technician. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/fire/COP/Pages/Child-Safety-Seats.aspx

#KeepEachOtherSafe #TechsRule #carseat National Safety Council National CPS Certification NHTSA Safe Kids Worldwide #CRR #SavingLives

September 19-25 is #ChildPassengerSafety Week! Car crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for children. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available by appointment to inspect your car seat free of charge, and show you how to correctly install and use it. Visit VBFD's website for installation tips and videos, or book an appointment with a certified technician. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/fire/COP/Pages/Child-Safety-Seats.aspx

#KeepEachOtherSafe #TechsRule #carseat National Safety Council National CPS Certification NHTSA Safe Kids Worldwide #CRR #SavingLives

Land clearing for the New Burton Station Fire and EMS Station #22 has begun. Construction is expected to take 16 months ...
09/19/2021

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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TBT…Aerial view of the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center from September 1996. Video by the City of Virginia Beach Fire...
09/16/2021
Aerial viewpoint of the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center September 1996.

TBT…Aerial view of the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center from September 1996. Video by the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department/Multimedia Services Unit - All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified, or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder. FMI: [email protected] - Permissions to use: [email protected].

https://youtu.be/eijQ43Gcd7Y

Each year prior to the annual  NAS Oceana Air Show, staff from Virginia Beach Fire Department participates in a multi-ag...
09/15/2021

Each year prior to the annual NAS Oceana Air Show, staff from Virginia Beach Fire Department participates in a multi-agency, pre-airshow exercise drill with Naval Air Station Oceana Although this year’s the airshow was canceled, the training exercise was still held yesterday to keep skills sharpened. As part of the drill, an air mishap was simulated that resulted in a mass casualty incident (MCI), an airplane fire, and an ejected pilot stuck in a tree. VBFD crews were tasked with the rescue of the pilot from the tree. Other participating agencies included Virginia Beach EMS, Sentara Healthcare, Emergency Communications and Citizen Services, Emergency Management, #NavyRegionalFireandRescue, Oceana, and assessors from the Portsmouth, Virginia and Hampton, VA - Gov

Representing Virginia Beach Fire Department at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb yesterday in Richmond, were Kathleen Lyons,...
09/12/2021

Representing Virginia Beach Fire Department at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb yesterday in Richmond, were Kathleen Lyons, Carlye Bartolomeo, Cayla Harper, Shannon Lockhart, and Stewart Schechter. The annual stair climb was held at City Stadium to honor the 343 New York City firefighters who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. The climb is equal to 110 stories of the World Trade Center. The event is a part of the National Fallen Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. #September11 #patriotday #AmericaStrong #firefighter #vbfdstrong

Photos from Carry On's post
09/12/2021

Photos from Carry On's post

Land clearing for the New Burton Station Fire and EMS Station #22 has begun. Construction is expected to take 16 months ...
09/12/2021

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.

Photos/Video by the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department/Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified, or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder. FMI: [email protected] - Permissions to use: [email protected].

As we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, today, the Virginia Beach Fire Department along with FEMA ...
09/11/2021
9/11 Timeline

As we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of September 11, 2001, today, the Virginia Beach Fire Department along with FEMA Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team held a remembrance ceremony at the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center to pay tribute to the 2,997 lives that were taken when terrorist used 4 commercial airliners crashing them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In addition, a special living tribute was unveiled. It represented the twin towers, included a glass panel from the pentagon and other artifacts. “MAY WE NEVER FORGET”.
https://youtu.be/xvHTHLfUcOw

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
09/11/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Land clearing began on Wednesday July 21, 2021 at the Harry E. Diezel Virginia Beach Fire Training Center for its buildi...
09/10/2021

Land clearing began on Wednesday July 21, 2021 at the Harry E. Diezel Virginia Beach Fire Training Center for its building expansion project. The 16,766 square foot addition will include locker rooms for staff and recruits, gear lockers, decontamination room, and gym. The rooms will be placed in a way to allow for proper decontamination of gear and instructors after training. Also, the new gym will allow for the old gym to be converted into another classroom and removing the gear lockers from the high bay will create room for future indoor props. The project finish time is July 2022.

Photos by the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department/Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified, or distributed without the expressed prior written permission of the copyright holder. FMI: [email protected] - Permissions to use: [email protected].

Virginia Task Force 2 members reflect back on 9/11
09/09/2021
Virginia Task Force 2 members reflect back on 9/11

Virginia Task Force 2 members reflect back on 9/11

Five members of Virginia Task Force 2 share their stories about the ten days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack that they spent clearing debris and searching for remains.

TBT…Our Fire Education Specialists circa February 1982. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.
09/09/2021

TBT…Our Fire Education Specialists circa February 1982. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

TBT…Our Fire Education Specialists circa February 1982. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
09/07/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

09/07/2021

Reminder: Tonight is the premiere of the documentary "9/11 20 Years Later" right here on NFFF Facebook and firehero.org at 7PM ET, with an introduction starting at 6:45PM ET.

This documentary was produced in partnership with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and Coolwater Productions.

The introduction will feature NFFF Executive Director Chief Ron Siarnicki, FDNY Chief of Safety Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Meyers, FDNY Lieutenant (ret.) and former leader of the FDNY Ceremonial Union Joe Minogue, Robert Maloney of Coolwater Productions, NFFF Managing Director Victor Stagnaro, and NFFF Fire Programs Director John Tippett.

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/g58QkZfU2V8

Welcome back to school Virginia Beach! 🚌  VBSchools students and staff are headed back into the classroom this week for ...
09/07/2021

Welcome back to school Virginia Beach! 🚌 VBSchools students and staff are headed back into the classroom this week for yet another successful year of teaching, learning and togetherness. We want to thank YOU - our entire community – for your willingness to work together to keep our VB kids safe. Friendly reminder to be on the lookout for little backpackers crossing streets, be patient with slow moving school buses making frequent stops, slow down in school zones, and stop for school buses with flashing lights. Let’s work together to ensure healthy bodies, healthy minds, and bright futures for all of our VB students!

This message is brought to you by the VBFD Life Safety Education office in collaboration with:

VBSchools | Virginia Beach Police Department | Virginia Beach EMS | Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office | #vbeccs | Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation | Virginia Beach Public Works | Virginia Beach City Government | City of Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources | #ITGIS | Cell Phone Sally | Sparky The Fire Dog | National Crime Prevention Council

#BacktoSchool2021 #BackToSchool #FirstDayofSchool #KeepKidsSafe #SchoolZone #NewSchoolYear #TogetherAgain #LoveOurBusDrivers #SchoolsOpen #virginiabeach #monsterfiretruck #CommunityRiskReduction #crr

Welcome back to school Virginia Beach! 🚌 VBSchools students and staff are headed back into the classroom this week for yet another successful year of teaching, learning and togetherness. We want to thank YOU - our entire community – for your willingness to work together to keep our VB kids safe. Friendly reminder to be on the lookout for little backpackers crossing streets, be patient with slow moving school buses making frequent stops, slow down in school zones, and stop for school buses with flashing lights. Let’s work together to ensure healthy bodies, healthy minds, and bright futures for all of our VB students!

This message is brought to you by the VBFD Life Safety Education office in collaboration with:

VBSchools | Virginia Beach Police Department | Virginia Beach EMS | Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office | #vbeccs | Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation | Virginia Beach Public Works | Virginia Beach City Government | City of Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources | #ITGIS | Cell Phone Sally | Sparky The Fire Dog | National Crime Prevention Council

#BacktoSchool2021 #BackToSchool #FirstDayofSchool #KeepKidsSafe #SchoolZone #NewSchoolYear #TogetherAgain #LoveOurBusDrivers #SchoolsOpen #virginiabeach #monsterfiretruck #CommunityRiskReduction #crr

Families welcome home Virginia Task Force 2 after Hurricane Ida
09/05/2021
Families welcome home Virginia Task Force 2 after Hurricane Ida

Families welcome home Virginia Task Force 2 after Hurricane Ida

Around 45 members of the task force were on board coming home a week after they’d left for Lousiana to help with Hurricane Ida rescue efforts. The group is made up of everyone from firefighte…

09/03/2021

As a result of Ida’s continued bombardment across multiple states MA-TF1, VA-TF1 & VA-TF2 have been activated as *MRP-Water Rescue teams along with the Blue IST MRP-Command Element to assist agencies in New Jersey.

*MRP = Mission Ready Package, which is comprised of limited staff and equipment focused on a single mission set

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
09/02/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Please join Chief David Hutcheson in recognizing and congratulating Battalion Chief Norman Williams, Jr., on his 20 year...
09/02/2021

Please join Chief David Hutcheson in recognizing and congratulating Battalion Chief Norman Williams, Jr., on his 20 years of public service in the @VirginiaBeachFD. Congratulations Chief Williams! #PublicService #FireService #Firefighter #Leader

Please join Chief David Hutcheson in recognizing and congratulating Battalion Chief Norman Williams, Jr., on his 20 years of public service in the @VirginiaBeachFD. Congratulations Chief Williams! #PublicService #FireService #Firefighter #Leader

Photos from Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team's post
09/02/2021

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

Join Chief David Hutcheson in recognizing and congratulating District Chief Amy Valdez for her 25 years of public servic...
09/02/2021

Join Chief David Hutcheson in recognizing and congratulating District Chief Amy Valdez for her 25 years of public service in the
@VirginiaBeachFD. Congratulations Chief Valdez!
#PublicService #FireService #Firefighter #Leader

Join Chief David Hutcheson in recognizing and congratulating District Chief Amy Valdez for her 25 years of public service in the
@VirginiaBeachFD. Congratulations Chief Valdez!
#PublicService #FireService #Firefighter #Leader

TBT… Company 8-C Wayne Sandlin, Rod Kellogg, Mike Gibson, Wayne Moore and James Ramsey. Kneeling are Furman Baker and Ro...
09/02/2021

TBT… Company 8-C Wayne Sandlin, Rod Kellogg, Mike Gibson, Wayne Moore and James Ramsey. Kneeling are Furman Baker and Roy Tydings Circa 1990’s photo courtesy of James Ramsey.

TBT… Company 8-C Wayne Sandlin, Rod Kellogg, Mike Gibson, Wayne Moore and James Ramsey. Kneeling are Furman Baker and Roy Tydings Circa 1990’s photo courtesy of James Ramsey.

We’d like to give a big SHOUT OUT to our summer intern, Alex Cidlevicz for his amazing hard work this past summer. Alex ...
09/01/2021

We’d like to give a big SHOUT OUT to our summer intern, Alex Cidlevicz for his amazing hard work this past summer. Alex was assigned to work with our logistics team through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) sponsored by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation. Alex is no stranger to the Fire Department, as he has experience as a volunteer Fire Explorer, but this summer’s assignment provided him the opportunity to learn more about the Services side of our department. He assisted Resource Management with inventory, receiving, deliveries and a plethora of other warehouse tasks (including clean up just like in a firehouse).

We wish Alex all the best in the upcoming school year and look forward to his continued success.

We’d like to give a big SHOUT OUT to our summer intern, Alex Cidlevicz for his amazing hard work this past summer. Alex was assigned to work with our logistics team through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) sponsored by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation. Alex is no stranger to the Fire Department, as he has experience as a volunteer Fire Explorer, but this summer’s assignment provided him the opportunity to learn more about the Services side of our department. He assisted Resource Management with inventory, receiving, deliveries and a plethora of other warehouse tasks (including clean up just like in a firehouse).

We wish Alex all the best in the upcoming school year and look forward to his continued success.

Anniversary of our First LODD Chief Vernon Wilson57 years ago today The Virginia Beach Fire Department experienced our f...
09/01/2021

Anniversary of our First LODD Chief Vernon Wilson

57 years ago today The Virginia Beach Fire Department experienced our first LODD. On September 1, 1964 Hurricane Cleo dumped over 14 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. The rain caused massive flooding in Virginia Beach. The Davis Corner Fire Department boat had rescued a couple (Mr. & Mrs. Forehand) who were stranding in their home by high water on Olive Grove Rd in Aragona Village neighborhood. The couple was transported by fire boat to a Davis Corner Salvage and Rescue Truck (1955 Chevy step Van) that Chief Vernon Wilson was driving. Between 3 and 4 am the Salvage Truck stalled in high water in the 800 Block of Aragona Blvd, however an auxiliary generator continued to run that powered the vehicle’s flood lights. The generator’s exhaust system was underwater, the exhaust and carbon monoxide backed up into the passenger compartment of the Salvage Truck rendering Chief Wilson and the Forehands unconscious. When assistance arrived all three were transported to local hospitals. Chief Wilson and Mrs. Forehand died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Forehand recovered from his exposure. Chief Wilson was only 42 years old, married with 2 children.

Side Bar, The City of Chesapeake Fire Department also suffered its first firefighter on the same day of the same year September 1, 1964, Western Branch Volunteer Firefighter A.L. Johnson after returning from a call suffered a heart attack at fire station 12 and died.

May we never forget the supreme sacrifices that our brothers made for the citizens, Fire Department, and City of Virginia Beach. TR

Anniversary of our First LODD Chief Vernon Wilson

57 years ago today The Virginia Beach Fire Department experienced our first LODD. On September 1, 1964 Hurricane Cleo dumped over 14 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. The rain caused massive flooding in Virginia Beach. The Davis Corner Fire Department boat had rescued a couple (Mr. & Mrs. Forehand) who were stranding in their home by high water on Olive Grove Rd in Aragona Village neighborhood. The couple was transported by fire boat to a Davis Corner Salvage and Rescue Truck (1955 Chevy step Van) that Chief Vernon Wilson was driving. Between 3 and 4 am the Salvage Truck stalled in high water in the 800 Block of Aragona Blvd, however an auxiliary generator continued to run that powered the vehicle’s flood lights. The generator’s exhaust system was underwater, the exhaust and carbon monoxide backed up into the passenger compartment of the Salvage Truck rendering Chief Wilson and the Forehands unconscious. When assistance arrived all three were transported to local hospitals. Chief Wilson and Mrs. Forehand died from carbon monoxide poisoning. Mr. Forehand recovered from his exposure. Chief Wilson was only 42 years old, married with 2 children.

Side Bar, The City of Chesapeake Fire Department also suffered its first firefighter on the same day of the same year September 1, 1964, Western Branch Volunteer Firefighter A.L. Johnson after returning from a call suffered a heart attack at fire station 12 and died.

May we never forget the supreme sacrifices that our brothers made for the citizens, Fire Department, and City of Virginia Beach. TR

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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.
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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.