Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad

Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad SBVRS

Since 1974, Sandbridge Rescue has striven to provide 24/7 year-round emergency medical care to residents and visitors of Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach area free of charge. We are 100% volunteers and supported by our outstanding donors. Learn more at sandbridgerescuesquad.com

Huge loss for Sandbridge and Virginia Beach. Sean was one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Always checking in and sh...
02/06/2020

Huge loss for Sandbridge and Virginia Beach. Sean was one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. Always checking in and sharing a laugh with our squad, never hesitated to go out of his way to try to help anyone he could, no matter the inconvenience. Wish we had one more chance to tell him how grateful we are to have had him at Station 17. He'll be greatly missed.

It is with great sadness that the Virginia Beach Fire Department announces the sudden loss of Captain Sean Land who passed away this morning.
Sean began his career with the VBFD in January of 1990 and celebrated 30 years of service this year. He was assigned to Engine Company 17/B Shift in the Sandbridge section of the city. The Land family and the VBFD are interwoven in so many ways and we will mourn together in the coming weeks. We will also celebrate and remember Sean’s passion for serving his community and his immeasurable contributions to the fire department and the City of Virginia Beach.
Fire Chief David Hutcheson reminded everyone in the department this morning that, “This will be a tough time for Sean’s family, his crew, and the entire department. It is a significant loss for each of us personally and professionally. I know we will pull together as a family and support each other over the coming weeks.”

Here are some pictures from our "Squadsgiving" last week. We are thankful for our awesome firefighters, great support fr...
11/28/2019

Here are some pictures from our "Squadsgiving" last week. We are thankful for our awesome firefighters, great support from the city of Virginia Beach, and the privilege to help amazing people in our community! Happy Thanksgiving!

2019
11/25/2019

2019

Congratulations Christina Minkewicz on being the latest member voted into our Squad! Christina was with our partners at ...
10/18/2019

Congratulations Christina Minkewicz on being the latest member voted into our Squad! Christina was with our partners at Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad for two and a half years before joining SBVRS about 5 months ago and is also a mentor and proctor at the VBEMS BLS Academy that trains Virginia Beach's next volunteer EMTs free of charge. She's a great addition to our team!

Do you know anyone who you think could be a great EMT? Send them the link https://www.sandbridgerescuesquad.com/join

Congrats to SBVRS member Jason Jones on being hired as a career paramedic with Virginia Beach EMS! We will see you on th...
09/26/2019

Congrats to SBVRS member Jason Jones on being hired as a career paramedic with Virginia Beach EMS! We will see you on the streets!

Jason began his career in 2008 as a medic in the Army National Guard where he continues to serve as a medical staff sergeant. During his time in the military, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, participated in many civil support missions throughout Virginia, and became a team leader for the Virginia CERFP; a regional hazardous material and technical rescue response force. In 2014, Jason began working as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Newport News Fire Department. During his time with the NNFD, he advanced to Senior Firefighter/Paramedic, became a Field Training Officer, served as a member on several department committees, and performed extensive analyses of the department’s cardiac arrest resuscitation practices and outcomes. Jason also has experience as an emergency department technician, a medical transport provider, and as a volunteer paramedic for the Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad. Jason enjoys several hobbies outside of work including gardening, running, rock climbing, and hiking.
#CityofVABeach #Paramedic #EMS

Beautiful weather for Pig Pickin'! Thank you so much to everyone who came out! All proceeds will go directly to helping ...
09/08/2019

Beautiful weather for Pig Pickin'! Thank you so much to everyone who came out! All proceeds will go directly to helping us provide the best emergency medical care to Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach community with no bill for those we help! It wouldn't be possible without community support!

SANDBRIDGE PIG PICKIN' POSTPONED TO SUNDAYTo allow for storm cleanup, Pig Pickin' will be moved to Sunday (Sep. 8), same...
09/05/2019

SANDBRIDGE PIG PICKIN' POSTPONED TO SUNDAY

To allow for storm cleanup, Pig Pickin' will be moved to Sunday (Sep. 8), same time (1-5 PM), same place (Little Island Park). We hope to share a drink, BBQ, and a good time with you once the effects of the storm pass! There's a small chance for some scattered showers Sunday but we'll be fully covered with tents as always! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year from which we get the majority of our income for operations so your support is appreciated tremendously! Tickets can be purchased at sandbridgeboosters.com and picked up at Will Call Sunday! Stay safe!

08/24/2019

2 weeks to Pig Pickin #40!
9/7/19 1-5 PM Little Island Park! Don't miss the fun!
Tickets at realtors and sandbridgeboosters.com

08/21/2019

Wednesday Night BINGO was such a success last week, we added one more night! Games start at 7:30 at the Station!

THANK YOU JOAN!!!
08/15/2019

THANK YOU JOAN!!!

Tonight the City of Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources recognized Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad member Joan Davis for her 30 years of volunteer service with EMS. Congratulations, Joan!
#CityofVABeach #EMS #Volunteer

1 month until the 40th Annual Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad Pig Pickin' (September 7 at Little Island Park from 1-5 ...
08/07/2019

1 month until the 40th Annual Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad Pig Pickin' (September 7 at Little Island Park from 1-5 PM)! All you can Eat & Drink, Beer & Wine, Live Music, Local Artists and more! Get your tickets now at Siebert Realty, Sandbridge Realty, Beach Pros Realty, Sandbridge Blue, SBH Realty, RBC Homes, or sandbridgeboosters.com! Every ticket directly supports our Rescue Squad operations!

P.S. Our 2nd to last Wednesday Night Bingo of the Summer is tonight! Come on out, bring the whole family, support our squad, have some fun, and give yourself a chance to win some $$$!!

07/23/2019
Sandbridge Ocean Rescue Association

Shout out to the Sandbridge Lifeguards for weathering the heat the last few days! They've done an incredible job this summer keeping our beachgoers safe in harsh conditions! Make sure you like their page. You can also buy Sandbridge Ocean Rescue stickers to support their off-season training and events at Wednesday Night Bingo through August 14th, at Pig Pickin' September 7th, or by asking any lifeguard supervisor on-duty!

The Sandbridge Ocean Rescue Association was founded in 2018 to help aid Sandbridge Lifeguards with funding for training, events, and equipment.

If you, your family, friends, or colleagues are looking for a great way to give back to Sandbridge while having a great ...
07/17/2019

If you, your family, friends, or colleagues are looking for a great way to give back to Sandbridge while having a great time, check out and share our Sponsorship packages for Pig Pickin' September 7th!

Pig Pickin' is Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad's primary fundraiser of the year. Ticket sales and sponsorships go directly to re-stocking our supplies, upgrading our equipment, and replacing our ambulances, allowing us to continue to provide the best emergency medical care to Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach community free of charge. This is our 40th year of Pig Pickin' and we want it to be the best ever! We really appreciate your support! More info at sandbridgeboosters.com

P.S. Our other big fundraiser, Wednesday Night Bingo is at the Station tonight at 7:30 and every Wednesday Night through August 14! Thank you again!

Save the Date! September 7th 1 to 5 PM Little Island Park. Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad's 40th Annual Pig Pickin'. ...
07/10/2019

Save the Date! September 7th 1 to 5 PM Little Island Park. Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad's 40th Annual Pig Pickin'. Tickets can be purchased now at sandbridgeboosters.com and local realty offices!

P.S. Bingo at the Station Tonight at 7:30 and every Wednesday Night through August 14! Hope to see y'all there!

Don't forget about Wednesday Night Family Bingo! Tonight through August 14 at the Station. $10 (cash) gets you 4 cards a...
07/03/2019

Don't forget about Wednesday Night Family Bingo! Tonight through August 14 at the Station. $10 (cash) gets you 4 cards and a chance to win! Games start at 7:30. This is a great way to support our squad! Check out our Swag on Sale as well!

Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad
06/27/2019

Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me 'Look for the helpers. You will al...
06/02/2019

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster', I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world" - Fred Rogers

I'd like to take a moment to thank two of the many dozens of helpers that were there for our city yesterday when disaster struck. Bill and Jennifer Trembley logged onto Ambulance 1720 yesterday at 5 AM for their 4th 12-hour shift of the month. They are 2 of the more than 400 volunteer EMTs that actively staff ambulances in Virginia Beach day in and day out in addition to their regular work, school, and family obligations. Volunteers make up >90% of EMS patient care providers in Virginia Beach, making Virginia Beach EMS the largest volunteer-based EMS system in the United States.

When 911 calls began being dispatched shortly after 4 PM for multiple gunshot victims at the Municipal Center they were helping another citizen of Virginia Beach with a medical emergency. Their answering that call freed up other ambulances in the city to respond to the scene immediately to render aid and transport injured to local hospitals. They arrived at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital moments before those ambulances began to arrive, helping in any way that they could and then without hesitation made themselves available again to the EMS street supervisor for anyone in need.

Earlier in the year members from all 10 Volunteer Rescue Squads in Virginia Beach and VBEMS career paramedics went through mandatory training for a mass casualty incident and live active shooter simulations with Virginia Beach Police Department and Virginia Beach Fire Department personnel. The city provided all Rescue Squad Ambulances with additional life-saving equipment like spare tourniquets and quick-clot bandages if we were to need to respond to a mass shooting. Our EMTs go through extensive education and training to be prepared for medical emergencies of all kinds, but something like this happening so close to home still seems surreal.

I doubt there's any response that will fully heal the trauma from an event like this, but I think Bill and Jenn provided a pretty good example of a step in the right direction when, after staying late to help last night, this morning at 5 AM they logged on Ambulance 1720 for their 1st 12-hour shift of this month to help again.

When we're all asked to respond with fear, hate, and closing ourselves off or charity, love, and lending a helping hand, I hope more of us respond like Bill and Jenn and choose to help.

Scott Burns
Captain
Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad
Virginia Beach, VA

Good Day for a Run! Congrats to all the participants of the Stingray Run! We're always glad to be there 'just in case' f...
05/18/2019

Good Day for a Run! Congrats to all the participants of the Stingray Run! We're always glad to be there 'just in case' for our neighborhood!

Want to give back to Sandbridge but not in the back of an ambulance? Sandbridge Rescue Squad Boosters need volunteers to...
03/30/2019

Want to give back to Sandbridge but not in the back of an ambulance? Sandbridge Rescue Squad Boosters need volunteers too! Our Boosters plan and carry out fundraising for our squad primarily through our Annual Pig Pickin' (held on the Saturday following Labor Day at Little Island Park) and Summer Bingo (held Wednesday nights for 12 weeks June through August at the Fire/Rescue Station).

David Whitley is graciously taking on the role of Booster Chair this year following in the footsteps of Fred Greene who has given back more than we could ever thank him for. If you are willing to join David and the Boosters in supporting our community Rescue Squad, please join us:
📌 Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 6 PM @ the Baja Restaurant 📌 for a general interest meeting and social get together! Every member makes a difference!

Christmas came early this year with our brand new ambulance, 1723! 100% funded by our awesome supporters in Sandbridge t...
12/20/2018

Christmas came early this year with our brand new ambulance, 1723! 100% funded by our awesome supporters in Sandbridge through Pig Pickin', Summer Bingo, and small donations! We appreciate the ride upgrade for 2019 and beyond! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2018
10/21/2018

2018

09/09/2018
David Nygaard Give Me a Minute

Thank you Dougie for representing our squad on 100.1 FM and David for bringing attention to our Volunteer based EMS system! The 39th Pig Pickin' was a huge success! We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community!

Great interview with Dougie Lightheart with our Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad talking about being a blessing at a person's greatest time of need. Listen Monday's at 4pm on 100.1FM!

Clear skies down at Little Island! Come on down, grab some food, have a drink, and enjoy this Saturday! All proceeds sup...
09/08/2018

Clear skies down at Little Island! Come on down, grab some food, have a drink, and enjoy this Saturday! All proceeds support our Squad and go directly towards the purchase of a new ambulance! We'll keep serving and the music going til 5!

08/25/2018

The 39th Annual Sandbridge Pig Pickin' is just 2 weeks away! September 8th from 1 to 5 PM at Little Island Park! Beach Bully BBQ, Beer, Wine, 17th Street Band, Artisan & Crafts Tables to your heart's desire! Get your tickets in advance at local realtors (Siebert, Sandbridge, Sandbridge Blue, Sandbridge Houses SBH or Beach Pros) for $40! Join the fun and Support our Community's 100% Volunteer Rescue Squad!

Pig Pickin' is our squad's main fundraiser for the year! Ticket sales will be going DIRECTLY towards replacing our 15 year old ambulance! Your support allows us to continue to provide the best and timeliest Emergency Medical Care to Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach Community year-round FREE OF CHARGE! Learn more at sandbridgerescuesquad.com!
https://www.facebook.com/events/214584522697548/

08/11/2018
SBVRS Pig Pickin' 2017

Mark your calendars! The 39th Annual Sandbridge Pig Pickin' is just 4 weeks away! You know that makes me wanna'..

HUGE THANKS to VBEMS Marine Rescue Team for their support today!#VBEMS #LivesNeedSaving #SBVRS #SandbridgeLife
07/25/2018

HUGE THANKS to VBEMS Marine Rescue Team for their support today!

#VBEMS #LivesNeedSaving #SBVRS #SandbridgeLife

Great job to our Marine Rescue Team members who were on standby for high water rescues in the Sandbridge & Pungo areas of the city today.

Have we mentioned our new website?Rebuilt from the ground up with over 200 photos from our 44 year history, profiles of ...
04/12/2018
Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad

Have we mentioned our new website?

Rebuilt from the ground up with over 200 photos from our 44 year history, profiles of all currently running members, information on joining and supporting our squad, as well as a current schedule of upcoming events. Go check it out!

https://www.sandbridgerescuesquad.com/

Since 1974, SBVRS has provided 24/7 EMS to Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach area free of charge thanks to volunteer members and community donations

Happy Birthday to one of VBFD's oldest fire fighters and a staple in the Sandbridge community! Thanks for your service H...
10/13/2017

Happy Birthday to one of VBFD's oldest fire fighters and a staple in the Sandbridge community! Thanks for your service Hilti!

#sandbridgelife #HowOldAreYou #vbfd #sbvrs

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support us for our 38th year of Sandbridge Pig Pickin'! Hats off to Sandbridge R...
09/09/2017

Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support us for our 38th year of Sandbridge Pig Pickin'! Hats off to Sandbridge Rescue Squad Boosters especially Sean Back and Fred Greene for putting on another unforgettable event!

Looking for something to do tonight? How about some Bingo?!Tonight and next Wednesday are our last two of the year.Games...
08/16/2017

Looking for something to do tonight? How about some Bingo?!
Tonight and next Wednesday are our last two of the year.
Games start at 7:30 PM at the Station!

Curious how it works? Check out the handout below.
$5 admission gets you 4 cards. Bingo wins you $10.
SBVRS T-Shirts and Hats on sale for $15.

All proceeds support Sandbridge Rescue!

Shout out to Donald Koonce for passing 40 years of volunteer service with Sandbridge Rescue Squad. Don plays a crucial r...
08/03/2017

Shout out to Donald Koonce for passing 40 years of volunteer service with Sandbridge Rescue Squad. Don plays a crucial role to this day as Fire Captain, acting as a liaison between Fire and Rescue. He deserves a huge thanks for fostering the great relationship that SBVRS has with our firefighters. Next time you see him, tell Don thanks for over 4 decades of contributing to the Sandbridge community!

Congrats to the members that received years of service awards! Thanks for your dedication!  😎 Don Koonces 39 years. Nico...
05/30/2017

Congrats to the members that received years of service awards! Thanks for your dedication! 😎

Don Koonces 39 years. Nicole Roper, Mike and Jackie Zovak, Kathy Martin 20 years. Josh Sloan 15 years of service.

A HUGE part the team keeping Sandbridge Beach, Virginia safe, is our lifeguards. They are ready for the summer festiviti...
05/26/2017

A HUGE part the team keeping Sandbridge Beach, Virginia safe, is our lifeguards. They are ready for the summer festivities to begin this weekend.

#sbvrs #sandbridgelife #livesneedsaving #baywatch #backbaywatch

Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Sandbridge Lifeguards!

And our friends at Baja Coffee Co are officially open! Summer must be coming!#sandbridgelife #sbvrs #bajacoffee
05/12/2017

And our friends at Baja Coffee Co are officially open! Summer must be coming!

#sandbridgelife #sbvrs #bajacoffee

HUGE THANKS to Mayor Will Sessoms and the "greatest city in the world" for #RocktheSquads! #vbems #sbvrs #sandbridgelife...
05/08/2017

HUGE THANKS to Mayor Will Sessoms and the "greatest city in the world" for #RocktheSquads!

#vbems #sbvrs #sandbridgelife #livesneedsaving

Great story about our very own Joan Davis. Come out to Mount Trashmore Park on May 7 to show your support for our volunt...
05/03/2017
Sandbridge EMT one of many citizen volunteers who keep the ambulances rolling

Great story about our very own Joan Davis. Come out to Mount Trashmore Park on May 7 to show your support for our volunteers! #sbvrs #vbems #livesneedsaving

On Sunday, "Rock the Squads" recognizes volunteers with Virginia Beach’s 10 rescue squads. The public is invited 2-5 p.m. for music by The Deloreans, emergency vehicle demonstrations and Sentara’s Nightingale

If you haven't already signed up for the Stingray Run, here is a coupon code! Hurry... the code is only good through Sun...
04/29/2017
Stingray Run

If you haven't already signed up for the Stingray Run, here is a coupon code! Hurry... the code is only good through Sunday at 8 am!

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Only 1 week from Saturday! Get your tickets now. The weather will be fine and the fun even better. New this year is a Silent/Live Auction & 50/50 Raffle. See ya' there. Sat. 9/7, 1:00, Little Island Park.
We would like to thank the 3 guys in hats and the rest of the rescue team (including Barry) who rescued our family members last week. We will forever be grateful for all you did!
Remember guys...apply pressure lol.
How many more weeks will Wednesday Bingo be happening?