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05/04/2021

PLEASE SHARE: A huge "SHOUT OUT" of thanks to our brothers and sisters of the @VBPD for creating this very thoughtful message of gratitude to members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department for #InternationalFirefightersDay #cityofvabeach #firstrespondersrock #NFFF @IAFFNewsDesk

Today, May 4, we celebrate #InternationalFirefighters’Day. Join us as we pay tribute to those firefighters who paid the ...
05/04/2021

Today, May 4, we celebrate #InternationalFirefighters’Day. Join us as we pay tribute to those firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in service to their community. We also want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the brave men and women, both career and volunteer firefighters, worldwide who continue to serve and protect their communities.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation wants you to change the light on your porch to red to show support for hometown heroes.

#FireHero #Firefighter #FirstResponder #ThinRedLine #FireFamily #Shine4firefighters #StFlorian #shine4firefighters #WeRVBFD #CityofVaBeach #NFFF

Today, May 4, we celebrate #InternationalFirefighters’Day. Join us as we pay tribute to those firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in service to their community. We also want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the brave men and women, both career and volunteer firefighters, worldwide who continue to serve and protect their communities.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation wants you to change the light on your porch to red to show support for hometown heroes.

#FireHero #Firefighter #FirstResponder #ThinRedLine #FireFamily #Shine4firefighters #StFlorian #shine4firefighters #WeRVBFD #CityofVaBeach #NFFF

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05/03/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

On 5-1-21 around 1937 hours, VBFD responded to a structure fire near the intersection of Holland Road and Dam Neck Road....
05/02/2021

On 5-1-21 around 1937 hours, VBFD responded to a structure fire near the intersection of Holland Road and Dam Neck Road. Engine 18 arrived on scene and reported a 2-story abandoned house, back in the woods, fully engulfed. Crews stretched several hundred feet of hose lines thru the thick terrain to attack the fire along with using the aerial master stream on Ladder 16. With the 1st alarm assignment attacking the fire, 3 additional engines were requested for manpower. The fire was marked under control at 2152 hours. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

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05/01/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post
04/30/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Photos/Video by the City of  Virginia Beach Fire Department/Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - All rights reserved. This ...
04/29/2021

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].

TBT…Instructional Staff for TRFA Class 86 August 2003:Kneeling: Master Firefighter Scott Prentice.2nd Row: Captain Denni...
04/29/2021

TBT…Instructional Staff for TRFA Class 86 August 2003:

Kneeling: Master Firefighter Scott Prentice.

2nd Row: Captain Dennis Keane, Master Firefighter Eric Wilkerson, Master Firefighter Amy Bielinski, Master Firefighter Chris Arney, Master Firefighter Robert Helfant and Master Firefighter Kurt Southall.

Back Row: Master Firefighter John Nelson.

Photo from the Virginia Beach Fire Department Archives.

TBT…Instructional Staff for TRFA Class 86 August 2003:

Kneeling: Master Firefighter Scott Prentice.

2nd Row: Captain Dennis Keane, Master Firefighter Eric Wilkerson, Master Firefighter Amy Bielinski, Master Firefighter Chris Arney, Master Firefighter Robert Helfant and Master Firefighter Kurt Southall.

Back Row: Master Firefighter John Nelson.

Photo from the Virginia Beach Fire Department Archives.

Fire Chief David Hutcheson presented Master Firefighter William "Billy" Shukis with his service award in recognition of ...
04/28/2021

Fire Chief David Hutcheson presented Master Firefighter William "Billy" Shukis with his service award in recognition of 35 years of public service with the Virginia Beach Fire Department. Billy is currently assigned to "A" Shift at Station One - First Landing. Please join me in congratulating Billy for his dedication and service!

Fire Chief David Hutcheson presented Master Firefighter William "Billy" Shukis with his service award in recognition of 35 years of public service with the Virginia Beach Fire Department. Billy is currently assigned to "A" Shift at Station One - First Landing. Please join me in congratulating Billy for his dedication and service!

Be the #superhero in your home on #NationalSuperheroDay. Everyone needs to know WHAT to do and WHERE to go if there is a...
04/28/2021
Every Second Counts in a Home Fire—Practice Your Escape Plan

Be the #superhero in your home on #NationalSuperheroDay. Everyone needs to know WHAT to do and WHERE to go if there is a fire. Download a free home escape plan from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/FPW/Educate/2020/FPW20Grid.pdf
#EverySecondCounts #getoutandstayout
https://youtu.be/Vc-AkbpdSYk

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. There are several things you can ...

Photos/Video by the City of  Virginia Beach Fire Department/Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - All rights reserved. This ...
04/28/2021

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].

PLEASE SHARE: If you or someone you know could use a helping hand, please send them to this FREE Drive-thru Food Pantry ...
04/27/2021

PLEASE SHARE: If you or someone you know could use a helping hand, please send them to this FREE Drive-thru Food Pantry today at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. #foodinsecurity #freefood #community #neighborhelpingneighbor #seniors

On April 26, 2021, VBFD Fire Chief David Hutcheson announced the promotion of Master Firefighter James M. Todd, Jr., to ...
04/26/2021

On April 26, 2021, VBFD Fire Chief David Hutcheson announced the promotion of Master Firefighter James M. Todd, Jr., to Captain. His promotion is effective May 6, 2021. He has been with the VBFD since 2011 and is currently assigned to Station 19 on C shift. His dad, Captain James M. Todd, Sr., is Safety Captain on C shift and presented James with his new badge. CONGRATULATIONS JAMES (Mike)!

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04/25/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

Structural Collapse Specialist 2021
04/22/2021

Structural Collapse Specialist 2021

The Virginia Beach FD and Virginia Task Force 2 will be hosting our 23rd Annual Structural Collapse Specialist Course October 16-23, 2021. In addition to the SCS course we will also be offering our Squad Leaders Course during the same timeframe.

Additional information and Student applications for both courses can be found on the VA-TF2 web-site @ vatf2.com.

PLEASE SHARE: There's still time today to get your #COVID19 vaccine at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
04/22/2021

PLEASE SHARE: There's still time today to get your #COVID19 vaccine at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

PLEASE SHARE: Today, April 22, is the last day for walk-up vaccinations at the VB Convention Center. Vaccinations are available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Today we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day! We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our amazing adm...
04/21/2021

Today we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day! We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our amazing administrative staff and appreciate all they do to keep our department running smoothly. #AdministrativeProfessionalDay

Today we celebrate Administrative Professionals Day! We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our amazing administrative staff and appreciate all they do to keep our department running smoothly. #AdministrativeProfessionalDay

On 4-20-21 around 1559 hours, units from the VBFD, VBPD and VBEMS responded to a 2 vehicle crash with an entrapment at t...
04/20/2021

On 4-20-21 around 1559 hours, units from the VBFD, VBPD and VBEMS responded to a 2 vehicle crash with an entrapment at the intersection of Indian River Road and Chesterbrook Drive located in the Stumpy Lake section of the city. At 1617 hours, the driver of one of the vehicles was extricated and transported to an area hospital. Injuries are unknown. The second driver was evaluated and refuse treatment. The cause is under investigation by the VBPD.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - 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, please email [email protected] or permissions to use, please contact Darnell Evans at [email protected].

Cheryl Wants to Help You Reduce the Risk of Fires in Your #SheShed and #Sheds.  Check out these safety tips:✅Always stor...
04/20/2021

Cheryl Wants to Help You Reduce the Risk of Fires in Your #SheShed and #Sheds. Check out these safety tips:

✅Always store hazardous substances securely in approved containers.
✅Reduce clutter by keeping only what you use.
✅Keep debris and open fires of any kind away from the shed.
✅Make sure grills and lawnmowers are completely cooled before storing in the shed.
✅When using electricity, check for damaged cords, overloaded sockets, and properly working circuit breakers. Turn off and unplug everything after use.
✅Lock your shed and consider installing security lights/cameras.
✅Construct your shed a suitable distance from other buildings.

#FireSafety

Cheryl Wants to Help You Reduce the Risk of Fires in Your #SheShed and #Sheds. Check out these safety tips:

✅Always store hazardous substances securely in approved containers.
✅Reduce clutter by keeping only what you use.
✅Keep debris and open fires of any kind away from the shed.
✅Make sure grills and lawnmowers are completely cooled before storing in the shed.
✅When using electricity, check for damaged cords, overloaded sockets, and properly working circuit breakers. Turn off and unplug everything after use.
✅Lock your shed and consider installing security lights/cameras.
✅Construct your shed a suitable distance from other buildings.

#FireSafety

Have you gotten your #COVID19 vaccine yet? Walk-up hours at the Virginia Beach Convention Center are from 10 a.m. - 3 p....
04/14/2021

Have you gotten your #COVID19 vaccine yet? Walk-up hours at the Virginia Beach Convention Center are from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on April 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22. FMI: https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=5226&title=update%3a+virginia+beach+moving+to+include+walk-up+covid-19+vaccination+registration+at+convention+center

The vaccination clinic at the Virginia Beach Convention Center is now offering walk-up registration for patients who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-up hours are from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on April, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22. Vaccine appointments can now also be scheduled directly through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Schedule an appointment to guarantee a vaccine; walk-up registrants will be provided limited, same-day vaccinations as available. https://www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=5226&title=update%3a+virginia+beach+moving+to+include+walk-up+covid-19+vaccination+registration+at+convention+center

Engine 18 and VBFD Cadets #343 demonstrate how to operate a 🧯 fire extinguisher🧯 using the P.A.S.S. method:➡Pull the pin...
04/13/2021
Fire Extinguisher Operation

Engine 18 and VBFD Cadets #343 demonstrate how to operate a 🧯 fire extinguisher🧯 using the P.A.S.S. method:

➡Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
➡Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
➡Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
➡Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

⚠ A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

https://youtu.be/eeAOFuF337w
#FireSafety #FireExtinguisher #PASS

Operation of a fire extinguisher use the acronym P.A.S.S. Pull pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle and Sweep at the base of the fire.

This week we celebrate and honor our #911 #dispatchers and #calltakers. Thank you for your dedication and service to the...
04/12/2021

This week we celebrate and honor our #911 #dispatchers and #calltakers. Thank you for your dedication and service to the @CityofVaBeach #ECCS #ThinGoldLine #LifeLine #NPSTW2021

This week we celebrate and honor our #911 #dispatchers and #calltakers. Thank you for your dedication and service to the @CityofVaBeach #ECCS #ThinGoldLine #LifeLine #NPSTW2021

TBT… Please provide any information about this photo. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.
04/08/2021

TBT… Please provide any information about this photo. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

TBT… Please provide any information about this photo. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

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04/05/2021

Photos from Virginia Beach Fire Department's post

TBT… Back in the days, the Town of Virginia Beach Police and Beach Borough Fire Departments shared the same building at ...
04/01/2021

TBT… Back in the days, the Town of Virginia Beach Police and Beach Borough Fire Departments shared the same building at 20th St and Arctic Avenue circa 1945. Photo from VBFD Archives.

TBT… Back in the days, the Town of Virginia Beach Police and Beach Borough Fire Departments shared the same building at 20th St and Arctic Avenue circa 1945. Photo from VBFD Archives.

Have you registered yet for your #COVID19 vaccine? If you qualify for phase 1a or 1b and haven't been vaccinated yet, em...
03/31/2021

Have you registered yet for your #COVID19 vaccine? If you qualify for phase 1a or 1b and haven't been vaccinated yet, email [email protected] for assistance.

It's time for phase 1c folks to register to get the #COVID19 #vaccine. Register at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov. For a detailed list of who qualifies for phase1c, visit vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/#phase1c. If you qualify for phase 1a or 1b and haven't been vaccinated yet, email [email protected] for assistance. *Note that the "Housing & Construction" category includes hospitality workers.

Are you #SpringCleaning this season? Keep #FireSafety in mind when you clean and organize your home- inside and outside....
03/31/2021

Are you #SpringCleaning this season? Keep #FireSafety in mind when you clean and organize your home- inside and outside. 🏡 Here are a few fire prevention tips:

Are you #SpringCleaning this season? Keep #FireSafety in mind when you clean and organize your home- inside and outside. 🏡 Here are a few fire prevention tips:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TODAY, MARCH 31, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Don't miss today's deadline to apply to become a Virginia Beac...
03/31/2021

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TODAY, MARCH 31, 2021 at 11:59 P.M.

Don't miss today's deadline to apply to become a Virginia Beach firefighter. We are currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter Recruit and Certified Firefighter (Req. ID#33135).

FMI: Visit https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=VBGOV&cws=37&rid=33135
or
www.vbgovcareers.com

#VBFD #firefighter #career #jobsearch

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TODAY, MARCH 31, 2021 at 11:59 P.M.

Don't miss today's deadline to apply to become a Virginia Beach firefighter. We are currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter Recruit and Certified Firefighter (Req. ID#33135).

FMI: Visit https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=VBGOV&cws=37&rid=33135
or
www.vbgovcareers.com

#VBFD #firefighter #career #jobsearch

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.
03/30/2021

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

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.
03/30/2021

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

On 3-29-21 around 0438 hours, VBFD responded to a commercial fire in the 1300 block of Harpers Road located in the Harpe...
03/29/2021

On 3-29-21 around 0438 hours, VBFD responded to a commercial fire in the 1300 block of Harpers Road located in the Harpers Road Commerce Center. Units arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke and fire showing. With the difficulty in extinguishing this fire, 3 additional engines and a heavy rescue were called in for manpower. The fire was under control at 0628 hours. There were no reports of civilian or firefighter injuries. The cause is under investigation.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2021 - 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, please email [email protected] or permissions to use, please contact Darnell Evans at [email protected].

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03/29/2021

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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.