Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen has appointed Edward Brazle as chief of the Department of Emergency Medical Services, effective June 22. He has been interim chief since February after long-serving Chief Bruce Edwards announced his retirement.
“Ed has already demonstrated his ability to effectively lead this organization,” said Hansen. “He understands the importance of the volunteer base and the critical service issues we face as a growing city. I’m convinced he brings the necessary combination of skills and experience to make sure EMS is able to attract and retain volunteers to provide the kind of pre-hospital care that has earned EMS such a strong reputation locally and nationally.”
Chief Brazle has been with EMS since 1996. He has served as Regulation and Enforcement Division Chief, Operations Division Chief, Administration/Support Services Division Chief and Interim Chief of the largest volunteer-based rescue system in the nation. The City received more than 70 applications from across the nation. “We had some very credible candidates to consider and when the screenings and interviews were concluded, Ed emerged as the top candidate. He has the leadership and knowledge necessary to continue modernizing our processes and strengthening our support for the volunteers,” said Hansen.
“I’m honored to be selected to lead the dedicated men and women of VB EMS,” said Chief Brazle “The rescue squads made me a part of their family when I moved here in 1990, which makes this appointment all the more special for me. I’m looking forward to working with our emergency response partners in delivering great patient care to the people in Virginia Beach.”
Brazle was an officer in the United States Navy for seven years prior to joining the City of Virginia Beach. He also served as a volunteer medic with the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad for 14 years. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University and a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois.