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.


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.

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.




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.

Division Chief Bruce Nedelka *

The Administrative Division is under the leadership of Division Chief Bruce Nedelka and includes areas such as: Volunteer and Career Human Resources, Payroll, Member Services, Volunteer Applicant Onboarding, Recruitment, Retention, Recognition, Records Management and events. Division Chief Nedelka is a Nationally Registered and Virginia certified Paramedic, and also one of approximately 110 professionals in the country credentialed as a Certified Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO). While attending college at Fordham University, Chief Nedelka started an all-volunteer on-campus emergency medical response service and also became co-founder of the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Long Island. Both of those organizations are still going strong today. Upon moving to Virginia Beach, he joined the Davis Corner Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad and held leadership positions including Chief during his 22 years there until hired as an Instruction Supervisor in 2002. He is a recipient of the R.C. Dailey Award for Excellence in EMS and the Bruce W. Edwards Award for Outstanding EMS Administrator. Since his promotion to Division Chief he has been in charge of Administration, Regulation Enforcement and Training.  He helped to create the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services “Keeping the Best” series and has developed successful innovative recruitment campaigns locally and regionally. Division Chief Nedelka has been published in JEMS Magazine and is the Public Information Officer for the department, providing frequent on-camera interviews and comments on various topics to local and national media.

Assistant Chief Ellen McBride *

Assistant Chief Ellen McBride has served as a member of the Virginia Beach EMS system for over 10 years as a member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad; she has previously served in numerous squad officer positions, including Secretary, Captain of Administration, and Squad Commander (2014-2015). Ellen has received numerous awards during her tenure with the Department of EMS, including the Cape Henry Rotary Club Public Safety Volunteer of the Year (2013), Department of EMS Outstanding EMS Administrator (2013), and being recognized by Coastal Virginia magazine as one of their “Ten Leading Ladies” (2014). In addition, she has served the Department of EMS as a member of the BLS Training Institute Advisory Board, and has assisted with numerous member recognition and volunteer recruitment & retention initiatives. Assistant Chief McBride’s assigned portfolio will include Rescue 1, Rescue 2, and Rescue 4.

Assistant Chief Nick Askew *

Assistant Chief Nick Askew has served as a member of the Virginia Beach EMS system for over 12 years and has served as the Squad Commander of the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad for three successive terms (2015, 2016, and 2017) while concurrently serving as the appointed Captain to oversee the Department of EMS Volunteer Field Supervisor team. In 2015, Nick was selected as both the Virginia Beach EMS and the Tidewater EMS Council’s Pre-hospital Provider of the Year; he is a Paramedic who also serves as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic for the Chesapeake Fire Department. Assistant Chief Askew’s assigned portfolio will include Rescue 5/21, Rescue 6, and Rescue 13, as well as serving as the chief liaison to the Volunteer Field Supervisor team.

Assistant Chief Steve Long *

Assistant Chief Long has been an active member of Virginia Beach EMS for almost fifteen years and is certified as a paramedic.  Chief Long has previously served (for several years) as a  Squad Commander of the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad after having first served as both the squad Treasurer and Assistant Squad Commander.  Chief Long has received multiple awards and recognitions during his tenure with Virginia Beach EMS.   His portfolio will include Rescue 9 and Rescue 16, as well as serving as the volunteer chief liaison to the Department’s SAR and MCI teams.

Assistant Chief Bill Walker *

Assistant Chief Walker has been an active member of Virginia Beach EMS for more than twenty years and is certified as an Advanced EMT.  During his tenure, Chief Walker has served as both the President and Squad Commander of the Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad (for many years) and has served as a Field Supervisor with the Department of EMS since 2004.  Chief Walker has received many recognitions and awards from the Department of EMS over the years and most recently served as an interim Brigade Chief.   His portfolio will include Rescue 14 and Rescue 17, and he will serve as the volunteer chief liaison to the Marine Rescue Team.