In March, Virginia Beach’s Emergency Response System, including all ten volunteer rescue squads, the EMS Department and the Fire Department, underwent an intensive inspection from the state Office of EMS, which is required every two years. It involves a thorough inspection of every ambulance, squad/rescue truck, zone car, engine and ladder, along with an extensive checklist of reports and other paperwork gathered and submitted months prior to the inspection.
Led by Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb, this year’s inspections were accomplished safely and efficiently, and the system received very high marks. Congrats to everyone involved!
Congratulations to the individuals who advanced to a new EMT certification level between January 18 and April 18, 2017!
Where would the City of Virginia Beach be without its EMS volunteers? No group does more for the city, and no city in the U.S. depends on volunteer EMTs more than Virginia Beach.
Recognition for the volunteers and the EMS system as a whole is long overdue. That’s why, on Sunday, May 7, the Mayor and City Council have invited all members of the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach to attend Rock the Squads! at Mount Trashmore.
The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is pleased to announce its 2017 Grant recipients, totaling a distribution of just over $100,000, as well as its 2017 Langhorne & Pulley Memorial Scholarships:
Two local Firehouse franchises have made huge impacts on rescue squads.
Thanks to grants totaling over $53,000 from Firehouse Subs Strawbridge, Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad now has LUCAS devices on all four of its ambulances. The LUCAS is a portable device that provides automated, consistent, uninterrupted chest compressions during CPR, and they’re valued at up to $15,000 each.
Congratulations! Between September 22, 2016 and January 17, 2017, the individuals below advanced to the following EMT certification levels:
Congratulations to the graduates of BLS Academy #16, who were recognized in a ceremony at the training center in December.
Earlier this year, Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen announced the appointment of Ed Brazle to Chief of the Department of EMS, effective June 22. Brazle had been serving as Interim Chief since February and previously held a number of positions with the department since his tenure began in 1996. Prior to that, he was a volunteer with Kempsville VRS. Below, he addresses questions about the state of the department and his priorities as the new Chief.
The Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon brings thousands to the
oceanfront during Labor Day weekend each year, requiring
first responders to stand by to treat injuries and runners
in distress. EMS volunteers man medical tents along the
course, and for the past few years, Sentara Virginia Beach
General has set up a “mobile emergency room” at the
finish line to treat patients onsite, rather than transporting
all cases to the hospital.
Congratulations to the following graduates of BLS Academies #11 and #12, who were recognized in a ceremony at the training center on June 7, 2016.