Executive Leadership

Chief Edward Brazle *

Chief Ed Brazle joined Virginia Beach EMS as a volunteer with the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1990 while on active duty as a naval officer.  He served in a number of positions in the squad, including Captain and President.  After leaving the Navy in 1996, he was hired as the Regulation and Enforcement Coordinator, later advancing to the Division Chief level.  He has completed tours as Chief the Operations, Support Services and Administration Divisions.  Over the years he has had a leading role in numerous major initiatives including, creation of the CQI Program, integration of career and volunteer medics, deployment of AEDs on police cars, ALS capability on fire engines, new station construction and the Air Medical Program.  He was name to the City of Virginia Beach Employee Hall of Fame in 2013.

Chief Brazle is a Nationally Certified Paramedic and acts as the Chief Flight Medic for the department.    He participates on a number of committees at the local, regional and state level.   He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University.


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Medical Director, Stewart Martin, M.D. *

Dr. Stewart Martin was named Operational Medical Director for the City of Virginia Beach EMS December 1, 1998.  Dr. Martin, who hails from Boston Massachusetts, received his four-year degree from Virginia Tech.  He then attended medical school and received his Medical Doctorate from Eastern Virginia Medical School. He successfully fulfilled his residency requirements in Emergency Medicine at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.  Dr. Martin is Board certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine.  He practices Emergency Medicine with Emergency Physicians of Tidewater and Hyperbaric Medicine at the Sentara Leigh Hyperbaric Medicine department. Dr. Martin is involved in the education, training, and supervision of EMS providers. He currently serves as the Tidewater EMS Regional Medical Director, Chairman of the Medical Direction Committee, and President of the TEMS Board of Directors. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of EMS Educators, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Medical Society of Virginia, and the Medical Society of Virginia Beach.


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Deputy Chief Jason Stroud *

Deputy Chief Jason Stroud (EMS2) joined the Department of EMS as a member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1998.  He became a paramedic in 2000.  He worked as a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Portsmouth prior to being hired as a career medic with the Department of EMS in 2004.  He was later promoted to Instruction Supervisor.  In 2006, he accepted a position as the Deputy Director of Public Safety for Campbell County (VA) and later served as the Special Operations Coordinator for the District of Columbia Department of Health.  He returned to Virginia Beach as a Division Chief in 2013.  Since then he has been tasked with oversight of both Regulation & Enforcement and Training Divisions.   Deputy Chief Stroud holds an Associate’s Degree in EMS and Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-disciplinary Studies from Liberty University.


Deputy Chief Tom Green *

Deputy Chief Tom Green (EMS3) joined the Department of EMS as a member of the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1991, progressing from EMT to paramedic.  He worked 14 years for the City of Chesapeake as a medic, firefighter and ultimately lieutenant prior to being hired by the Department of EMS as one of the first career EMS Captains in 2007.  He was promoted to Division  Chief of the Regulation & Enforcement Division in 2008.  During this assignment, he was responsible for implementing the electronic medical records (EMR) system and establishing the Sandbridge Lifeguard Service.  He later assumed command of the Operations Division.  Deputy Chief Green holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from the University of Richmond.


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Division Chief John Bianco *

Chief Bianco started with Virginia Beach EMS as a volunteer trainee at Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1985 and in 1990 joined Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad as a Paramedic and Heavy and Tactical Rescue Technician. Soon after graduation he began his EMS career with the Emergency Medical Service Institute in Pittsburgh. He rejoined the Department in 2004 and was promoted to Division Chief in 2005. He has commanded the Administration, Regulations and Training Divisions. Under his leadership the Department has developed and implemented a number of key leadership, educational and patient care initiatives and has achieved accreditation as a Virginia Training Institute for the Department’s Training Center.

Chief Bianco is degreed in Emergency Management and Public Safety Administration through Drexel University and Emergency Medicine through the University of Pittsburgh. He has graduated from the National Fire Academy and holds faculty appointments with The University of Pittsburgh, Center for Emergency Medicine, and is currently on the adjunct faculty with Tidewater Community College. Chief Bianco is certified as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Emergency Operations Instructor and Education Coordinator and holds a number of faculty certifications with the American Heart Association, NAEMT and instructor credentials with the Virginia Office of EMS and Virginia Department of Emergency Management along with other public safety and health organizations. He holds the designation of Chief Medical Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.


Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb *

Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb joined Virginia Beach EMS as a volunteer with the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1989.  In addition to serving tours as Kempsville’s captain, he was the squad’s longest serving president (14 years), and was granted the title of KVRS President Emeritus.  He has served tours as a special ops captain, a brigade chief, and president of the Virginia Beach Rescue Council.  He was responsible for many squad and system-wide initiatives, including the establishment of web-based archival meeting minutes systems, financial bookkeeping systems, online collaboration tools, the OscarTRACK enterprise resource planning system, and the system’s first multi-squad fund drive program.  He formalized a squad Continuous Strategic Plan, a Fleet Renewal Plan, Ambulance Detailed Technical Requirements, and Technical Asset Systems Integration Requirements.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the VBEMS Medal of Merit, the VBVRS Virginia Gilpin Distinguished Service Award, the Cape Henry Rotary Club Public Safety Volunteer of the Year award, the TEMS Bruce W. Edwards Outstanding EMS Administrator Award, the VBEMS Special Operations Member of the Year award.  For three years, he was the Deputy Director of the regional EMS council serving Pittsburgh and its ten surrounding counties.  Chief Lipscomb is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.