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On 8-7-20 around 1305 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 3700 block of Dupont Circle located in the Ocea...
08/07/2020

On 8-7-20 around 1305 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 3700 block of Dupont Circle located in the Ocean Park section of the city. Units on scene reported a three-story duplex structure with heavy fire showing. As crews battled the fire, other crews entered the duplex to begin searching for occupants or animals with nothing found. The fire was under control at 1331 hours. One resident from a unit of the duplex would be displaced, whereas the second unit was empty at the time. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause is under investigation.

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On 8-7-20 around 1305 hours, VBFD responded to a residential fire in the 3700 block of Dupont Circle located in the Ocean Park section of the city. Units on scene reported a three-story duplex structure with heavy fire showing. As crews battled the fire, other crews entered the duplex to begin searching for occupants or animals with nothing found. The fire was under control at 1331 hours. One resident from a unit of the duplex would be displaced, whereas the second unit was empty at the time. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The cause is under investigation.

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Photo by VBFD Captain Mike Rock.
08/07/2020

Photo by VBFD Captain Mike Rock.

On 8-6-20 around 0157 hours, VBFD responded to a detached garage fire in the 900 block of Carriage Hill Road located in the Kings Arm section of the city. Units on scene had heavy fire showing. The fire then spread to the rear of the house where 4 handlines were placed in service for suppression operation. One minor injury to a firefighter was reported but no treatment was needed. The cause is under investigation.

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Standing by for an assignment. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Departmen...
08/06/2020

Standing by for an assignment. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

TBT…Incident Command Deputy Chief Jimmy Carter, District Chief Paul Pokorski and Battalion Chief Jim Hundley. Photo from...
08/06/2020

TBT…Incident Command Deputy Chief Jimmy Carter, District Chief Paul Pokorski and Battalion Chief Jim Hundley. Photo from the VBFD Archive.

Today is the 12th anniversary of the Line of Duty Death for Master Firefighter William “Duke” Lee. Master Firefighter Le...
08/05/2020

Today is the 12th anniversary of the Line of Duty Death for Master Firefighter William “Duke” Lee. Master Firefighter Lee died on August 5th 2008 as a result of occupational lung cancer from long term exposure to the byproducts from smoke while performing firefighting duties for 18 years. Duke was a non-smoker. May we never forget the supreme sacrifices that our brother made for the citizens, Fire Department, and City of Virginia Beach. (TR)

Firefighters C. Pagano and M. Ketcherside waiting to have their air bottles refilled as they were in the process of leav...
08/05/2020

Firefighters C. Pagano and M. Ketcherside waiting to have their air bottles refilled as they were in the process of leaving the incident. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

Virginia Beach City Government
08/02/2020

Virginia Beach City Government

Although we are not anticipating widespread flooding due to Tropical Storm Isaias, the Department of Public Works will be making sand available tomorrow, Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8 a.m. for residents who wish to fill bags. Flooding from wind driven tides is likely, especially in the Back Bay area.

Sand will be available at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, 2044 Landstown Centre Way. Residents must bring their own shovel and are encouraged to bring their bags/containers as the City has limited supplies. Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.

Residents are reminded removing sand from public beaches is prohibited. Residents will be allowed to fill bags for personal use only, no bulk pick-up.

Forecasters are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Isaias as it heads toward the Florida Atlantic Coast.  Locally, we coul...
07/31/2020

Forecasters are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Isaias as it heads toward the Florida Atlantic Coast. Locally, we could be feeling some effects from the storm as soon as Monday afternoon. The Virginia Beach Fire Department reminds you to start preparing now. The storm track pictured below was posted Friday morning by NOAA. Please review the following information from the CDC:
• Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
• Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies.
• Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup, if available.
• Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for your pets.
• When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.

The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to congratulate Public Safety Training Specialist Deborah Gregory on her r...
07/31/2020

The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to congratulate Public Safety Training Specialist Deborah Gregory on her retirement and thank you for your 15 years of dedicated service to the department and on the behalf of the thousands of children you taught while in the Life Safety Education Bureau. The VBFD wishes you a Happy and Healthy Retirement.

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TBT...Virginia Beach Borough Fire Department Softball Team circa 1946. Photo from the VBFD Archives.
07/30/2020

TBT...Virginia Beach Borough Fire Department Softball Team circa 1946. Photo from the VBFD Archives.

The VBFD mourns the loss of retired Battalion Chief Mike Brown. His impact on the fire service will live on for generati...
07/27/2020

The VBFD mourns the loss of retired Battalion Chief Mike Brown. His impact on the fire service will live on for generations.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
07/27/2020

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Great Collaboration and Energy in the VB STiR Innovation lab today. VBFD members working to ensure processes are effecti...
07/23/2020

Great Collaboration and Energy in the VB STiR Innovation lab today. VBFD members working to ensure processes are effective and efficient.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
07/23/2020

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].

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].

Clean up after a commercial Fire on General Booth Boulevard July 23rd. Photo from Captain Glenn Burnett.
07/23/2020

Clean up after a commercial Fire on General Booth Boulevard July 23rd. Photo from Captain Glenn Burnett.

TBT… for our Maritime enthusiast, the VBFD had 2 Landing Amphibious Resupply Cargo five-ton (LARC-V) vehicle that we use...
07/23/2020

TBT… for our Maritime enthusiast, the VBFD had 2 Landing Amphibious Resupply Cargo five-ton (LARC-V) vehicle that we used for our marine incident responses. We would appreciate any stories from past members that were own these vessels. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

07/22/2020

VBFD Captain B.J. Raftery gives his observation upon arrival at the Indian Lakes Apartments Fire on July 21, 2020. Video 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.

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Early Morning Fire Destroys Office Building
07/22/2020

Early Morning Fire Destroys Office Building

Before crews at the Indian Lakes 2-Alarm apartment fire in the early morning hours of July 22 had wrapped up, VBFD received a call of a large fire at 2-story office building in the 2000 block of General Booth Boulevard, near the Red Mill Section of the City. The first units arrived on scene at 3:04, that morning, within six minutes of receiving the call. Heavy smoke and fire was coming from the second story of the building and although the fire was under control in about an hour, firefighters remained on the scene extinguishing hot-spots for some time. The building which housed several businesses was almost completely destroyed by the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation. No one was injured.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.
07/22/2020

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

On 7-21-20 around 2337 hours, VBFD responded to a multifamily fire in the 5300 block of Maize Drive located in the Indian Lakes section of the city. Engine 19 arrived first on scene and reported heavy fire showing through the roof. Four minutes late, the incident was upgraded to a second alarm that would bring an additional 3 engines, ladder truck, heavy rescue and a Battalion Chief. The fire was marked under control at 0049 hours. Crews continue to work throughout the night to assist the residents and to make sure the any hot spots are out. There were 16 apartments damaged from fire or water. Fifteen apartments were occupied at the time and the residents will be assisted by the Red Cross. Two civilians were evaluated and refused further care. The cause is under investigation.

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Know the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond!HEAT CRAMPSMuscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms or legs...
07/21/2020
More dangerous heat expected in Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina

Know the signs of heat-related illness and how to respond!
HEAT CRAMPS
Muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms or legs
Actions: Go to a cooler location. Remove excess clothing. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if cramps last more than an hour.

HEAT EXHAUSTION
Heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, fainting, nausea, vomiting
Actions: Go to an air-conditioned place and lie down. Loosen or remove clothing. Take a cool bath. Take sips of cool sports drinks with salt and sugar. Get medical help if symptoms get worse or last more than an hour.

HEAT STROKE
Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees) taken orally
Red, hot and dry skin with no sweat
Rapid, strong pulse
Dizziness, confusion or unconsciousness
Actions: Call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives.
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The weather service warned that hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat illnesses, so folks should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.
07/19/2020

Photo by VBFD Photographer Ray Smith.

On 7-18-20 around 1515 hours, Virginia Beach Fire Engine 19 responded on an automatic aid response into the City of Chesapeake for a multifamily structure fire in the 1100 of Alexandria Lane that is located in the Greenbrier section of the city. At the time a severe thunderstorm was in the area. The fire was under control within 30 minutes. The residents were able to evacuate but a family pet did not make it. The cause was due to a lightning strike.

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With the July 4th holiday in our review mirror now and the Labor Day weekend ahead on the horizon, there is still plenty...
07/17/2020

With the July 4th holiday in our review mirror now and the Labor Day weekend ahead on the horizon, there is still plenty of opportunities to fire up the backyard grill for a cookout. The Virginia Beach Fire Department would like to share this message from the National Fire Protection Association.

Engines 3, 18  along with Engine 16 and Tanker 5 on a commercial mulch fire incident. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Servi...
07/17/2020

Engines 3, 18 along with Engine 16 and Tanker 5 on a commercial mulch fire incident. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

Photos by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved. This m...
07/16/2020

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].

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].

TBT…Captain Mike Claggett wearing the Cairnes “IRIS” Camera and Master Firefighter Matt Cooley circa 1996. Photo from th...
07/16/2020

TBT…Captain Mike Claggett wearing the Cairnes “IRIS” Camera and Master Firefighter Matt Cooley circa 1996. Photo from the Martin Grube Collection.

Captain P. Roenker performing a ladder bail during Company In-service with the topic being Firefighter Survivability tra...
07/15/2020

Captain P. Roenker performing a ladder bail during Company In-service with the topic being Firefighter Survivability training. Photo by the VBFD Multimedia Services Unit © 2020 - City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. All rights reserved.

Virginia Beach City Government
07/14/2020

Virginia Beach City Government

Public Utilities and the Fire Department will begin to repaint public fire hydrants throughout the City in late July. The hydrants will all have yellow bodies, and the different cap colors will signify the hydrant’s flow rate. These are color codes set by the National Fire Protection Association to ensure continuity across City lines. The repainting process is expected to take approximately three years to complete.
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Details: www.vbgov.com/news/pages/selected.aspx?release=4899&title=public+utilities+and+the+fire+department+to+begin+repainting+fire+hydrants+in+late+july

On 7-12-20 around 1850 hours, VBFD responded to a multifamily fire in the 1100 block of Netherland Court that is located...
07/13/2020

On 7-12-20 around 1850 hours, VBFD responded to a multifamily fire in the 1100 block of Netherland Court that is located in the Green Run section of the city. Units on scene had heavy fire showing from the rear of the townhouse. The fire was under control within 25 minutes and marked out at 1938 hours. Two townhomes were damaged and 5 people would be displaced. The Red Cross has been notified. One civilian was transported to an area hospital for heat related illness. The cause is under investigation.

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.

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On 7-12-20 around 1850 hours, VBFD responded to a multifamily fire in the 1100 block of Netherland Court that is located in the Green Run section of the city. Units on scene had heavy fire showing from the rear of the townhouse. The fire was under control within 25 minutes and marked out at 1938 hours. Two townhomes were damaged and 5 people would be displaced. The Red Cross has been notified. One civilian was transported to an area hospital for heat related illness. The cause is under investigation.

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].

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Rest In Peace Bert Beasley. Thank you for your service with VBFD.
March 2008 - Allied Corp/FX building fire on Cleveland Street - Note: New Fire Station 7 not built yet. (Photo by Martin C. Grube)
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On the Afternoon of March 3, 2013, Knotts Island Fire Chief Scott Morrison responded to a Brush Fire in the 500 Block of Knotts Island Rd. Upon arrival, Chief Morrison Took Command and assisted with Fire Attack until additional units arrived. Later, he wasn’t feeling well and reported to the Ambulance on scene. He got in the Ambulance for assessment and transport to the Hospital. During Transport he went into cardiac arrest. CPR was administered. Despite these resuscitation measures, there was no improvement in the Chief’s condition. 1 hour and 17 minutes after the initiation of medical treatment, resuscitation efforts were discontinued and the Chief was pronounced dead. Chief Scott Morrison was 44 years old. May we never forget the supreme sacrifice that Fire Chief Scott A. Morrison made for the citizens, Fire Department, and Currituck County”
I don't have a picture to show of Sean but I have a picture of a present he gave me for my birthday....he was a great guy. He always was a pleasure to be around. I will miss him dearly.
I am just asking here but does anyone in the FD go to Ballahack Airsoft field. Want to know if any of my brothers are out there
Thank you VBFD for the assist in shooting this story.
HMFF Noah Cannon Standing By Brush 5
Honorary Master Firefighter Noah Cannon Standing by A Brand New Brush Truck
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