EMS Duty Physician (EDP) Team *
The EDP program provides an opportunity for direct physician involvement in the full range of minute-to-minute prehospital operations. EDPs are licensed physicians who possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to also function as EMS providers, while bringing the full depth of a medical school education, a residency, and a comprehensive set of professional experience to the scene. Members include attending physicians and participants in EMS Fellowships. Most members are board-eligible or board-certified in Emergency Medicine. Physicians whose practice includes critical care, anesthesia, internal medicine, or surgery may also be eligible to participate, as are those who practice in other medical specialties, as long as they can demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities of an EMT-I/P.
Duty Physicians are assigned to ALS Intercept Vehicles and are dispatched to the most serious or complex call categories. Our prehospital personnel may request their response to other calls and a Duty Physician may exercise the initiative to respond to any EMS call. Duty Physicians may render direct patient care (sometimes riding to the hospital with the patient) and/or provide on-scene and in-transport medical control or clinical guidance. Between calls, a Duty Physician may provide radio consultations for remote EMS personnel. Some Duty Physicians may be participants in special Quality Management Projects, such as trials of advanced or novel field treatment modalities. The monthly duty requirement is relaxed compared to that of an EMT volunteer in our system. EDPs have direct reporting paths to EMS field supervisors when on-duty, and to the Operational Medical Director and the Department’s senior leadership at all times.
Documents directly related to the EDP program:
- EMS Duty Physician Program policy
- Membership and Application Policy
- EMS Duty Physician SOG
- EDP Facilitation Packet
- Quality Management Plan
Physicians interested in the EMS Duty Physician program should begin at the Joining VBEMS page.
Marine Medic Team *
Virginia Beach EMS Marine Medics perform a crucial role for every dive based operation involving the Virginia Beach EMS Marine Rescue Team and Virginia Beach Police Department. They provide the pre/post dive medical assessment and identification of possible dive related illnesses or injuries for all public safety divers. The team also works in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard Sector-Virginia and the Port of Virginia to provide retrieval and acute critical care in transport to medical and trauma patients aboard cargo and cruise ships off of the coast of Virginia. During the Summer months, Marine Medics participate in weekend patrol on board either a VBEMS Marine Rescue Team or VBPD Marine boat.
Marine Medics are given the opportunity to attend the Port of Virginia Public Safety Dive Conference where they become credentialed Dive Medics. They can also learn Search and Rescue foundations during the Port of Virginia Search and Rescue Forum to better integrate into their role assisting the VBEMS Marine Rescue Team and VBPD Marine Team.
- Medical coverage for all dive operations and training
- Cruise and Cargo Ship patient retrieval
- Routine summer patrol with VBEMS MRT and VBPD Marine Team
- Search and Rescue
- Injuries or illnesses on surrounding waterways
Interested Paramedics that have been released under general supervision with the Department of EMS for 1 year should reach out to the Marine Medic team Captain for more information.
- Attend a Marine Medic academy to review diving and marine based medicine.
- VBEMS Rapid Sequence Induction qualification must be obtained within 1 year of joining the team.
- Marine Medics must attend regularly scheduled Marine Medic In-services and pass an annual swim test.
Duty Field Supervisor Team *
Commanded by Assistant Chief Nick Askew, the Virginia Beach EMS Field Supervisor Team consists of specially selected and trained volunteer EMS providers who are members of the City’s volunteer rescue squads. This position assists the Duty Shift Commander (EMS Chief 10) and other field supervisors in managing the Department’s operational resources on a minute-to-minute basis. In addition, these Captains provide command, control, and supervision at significant incidents. In parallel with the other field supervisors, they are authorized to modify incident assignments, execute policy, conduct investigations, and initiate corrective actions.
Members of the Field Supervisor Team serve at the pleasure of the EMS Deputy Chief. They are chosen for their demonstrated technical, tactical, cognitive, conflict resolution, and administrative skills. They receive additional training in incident command and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), mass/multiple casualty incident response, and myriad other supervisory training programs. Their continuing education includes regular updates on the capabilities and techniques of all of the City’s emergency response system components.
SWAT Medic Team *
Virginia Beach EMS SWAT medics assist the Virginia Beach Police Department SWAT team with various tactical operations.
EMS department paramedics with a minimum of 3 years experience passed a rigorous screening and physical agility test to be selected. After attending the Police Academy, Basic SWAT School, and CONTOMS (Counter-Narcotics & Terrorism Operational Medical Support) training, the SWAT medics are ready to go into service. The SWAT medics train for 16 hours each month with the SWAT Team and must maintain a high degree of physical readiness to pass the bi-annual physical agility test. SWAT medics are called out on every SWAT mission and operate as part of the SWAT Entry team. They are called out on approximately 100 missions each year.
Examples of Mission Types:
- High Risk Search Warrants
- Hostage Rescue Situations
- Barricaded Suspects
- Sniper Situations
- Armed Fugitive Suspect Arrests
- Civil Disturbances
Marine Rescue Team *
Commanded by Captain Sarah Druy, the Virginia Beach EMS Marine Rescue Team was established in August of 1991 to administer a water rescue program, which provided for the immediate response and timely arrival of a specially trained and equipped water response dive team. The Marine Rescue Team was the first dive team in Hampton roads to have certified Public Safety Divers thru the nationally recognized Emergency Response Diving International agency. This team has the capability to respond to any and all requests for rescues above and below the water surface, which includes (but is not limited to): boats in distress, drowning/near-drowning victims, vehicles in the water, swimmers in distress, ice/frozen water rescue, and flood response.
Consisting of specially trained and certified lifeguards, rescue swimmers, and boat Coxswains, the team specializes in search techniques to locate and recover victims from hazardous situations in marine environments. The team also provides proactive boat patrols along the Oceanfront resort areas during the summer and for the numerous special events on and around the waterways of the City.
The Team has several all-weather rescue boats outfitted with state-of-the-art side scan sonars along with a Zodiac boat used for rapid deployment, a jet ski and two response trucks.
- Rescue Boat 1 – 24ft Willard RHIB
- Rescue Boat 2 – 24ft Northwind RHIB
- Rescue Boat 3 – 25ft SAFE Boat
- Rescue Boat 4 – 15.5ft Wing Full-Inflatable
- Rescue Boat 6 – 20ft Sea Ark
The Virginia Beach EMS Marine Rescue Team continues to evolve with the most highly trained, motivated, and skilled individuals utilizing the most advanced equipment. Our team consists of members who maintain a minimum certification of crew member. Members can further their training to become a boat coxswain and/or rescue swimmer.
No experience is necessary to join and training is provided by the Marine Rescue Team. If you are interested in broadening your horizons and becoming a volunteer member of this elite, tight knit group of individuals, please contact our recruiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Virginia Beach EMS at (757) 385-1999.Please be aware interested applicants must successfully complete a 300 yard swim and 10 minute water tread before joining the team.
Bike Team *
The EMS Bike Team, commanded by Captain Dave Klinetop, was organized in May of 1996 as a means to deliver emergency medical services in densely crowded or off-road areas where traditional ambulances cannot easily operate. With the large number of mass gathering events that take place in Virginia Beach, there is a distinct need for this type of service. The mobility of the bikes allows the teams to quickly reach patients and begin treatment.
The EMS bike team currently uses eight 24-speed mountain bikes with front suspension. Each bike is outfitted with headlight systems, warning lights, rear gear rack and saddlebags to carry equipment. Each team consists of two bikes that together carry a full set of EMS equipment.
Each bike team carries a multitude of first aid equipment including bandages and dressings. They also carry diagnostic equipment like pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitoring equipment, and blood glucose monitors. In addition, each bike team is equipped with an AED to provide the ability to quickly provide a shock in cardiac arrest.
Members of the EMS bike team receive additional training on the use of the bikes and their equipment. This team is comprised of members from the 10 volunteer rescue squads.
Search and Rescue Team *
Commanded by Captain John Best, the Search and Rescue Team provides specially trained and equipped search and rescue personnel to assist police in the search and rescue of lost or non-violent person(s). This team applies special procedures and search techniques for locating and removing patients from hazards.
Virginia Beach Department of EMS Search and Rescue Team provides search and rescue and disaster response services to assist people and communities in times of need. This is achieved through the use of professionally trained personnel, certified K9s, and state-of-the-art equipment. We respond to requests from law enforcement, fire safety, and emergency management agencies at the local, state, and national levels. We will also respond to requests for assistance from recognized disaster relief agencies as well as government agencies in other countries. We are a resource for searches for the missing and exploited persons. As a rapid response, internationally deployable group, the team has worked on three continents performing Search and Rescue and disaster response operations.
The VBEMS Search and Rescue Team incorporates a team of four K9 handlers to enhance our search capabilities for missing people. These dogs are able to follow scent left by lost or missing people over many miles and several days old. Handlers are skilled at interpreting how their dog’s behavior might be affected by wind conditions, ground currents, temperatures, and weather.
For training, K9 handlers incorporate specific scent problems over a variety of obstacles and terrains. Typical training incorporates having the dogs track two to three old scents in a variety of conditions. In order to keep these dogs operationally ready, handlers must train these dogs at least 3 to 4 times a week.
The EMS Search and Rescue Team are available for:
- Lost person searches
- Missing person searches
- Evidence searches
- K9 scent tracking and evidence searches
- Low angle rescue
- Drowning victims
- Event contingency planning
- Recovery of evidence
- Cadaver searches
- Public relations events
- Incident base support
- Communications assistance
- Search management support available upon request