Divisions of VB Rescue

Divisions of VB Rescue

Educational Services

The Educational Services division is spearheaded by Division Chief Bruce Nedelka and handles a variety of topics related to the VB Rescue system.

VB Rescue’s training operations fall under this division and are led by Brigade Chief Jeff Meyer. These operations include all Basic Life Support (BLS) Academies, various continuing educational opportunities for both career and volunteer providers, as well as leadership training offered by various leaders within the VB Rescue system

Educational Services also oversees volunteer admissions. Staff handle volunteer applications and onboarding, assisting candidates with the application process. The Observer/Ride-Along program is also house in this division.

Field Services

The Field Services division is led by Division Chief Michael Lewis and handles day-to-day operations relating to calls for service.

Division Chief Lewis oversees four field Brigade Chiefs — Chiefs Rick Baker, Robert Gramkowski, Tyler Kerr and Matthew Owens — that supervise each of VB Rescue’s four shifts. Each shift features volunteer providers from various squads, as well as a set of career providers that operate their respective shift.

Field Services works with each of the VB Rescue volunteer EMS squads to set the daily schedule and assist with staffing needs as they arise. 

Proactive Services

The Proactive Services division is led by Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb and tackles various operational tasks that run outside of the normal day-to-day operations of VB Rescue.

Proactive Services coordinates with various partners throughout Virginia Beach to plan for and execute coverage of special events in the community. Brigade Chief Brett Johnson leads VB Rescue’s special event planning.

Brigade Chief Cat Watson leads VB Rescue’s specialty teams, including the Tactical Medic (SWAT) Team and the Marine Medic Team. Chief Watson also supervises the Sandbridge Lifeguard program, which operates in the Sandbridge area from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.

Proactive Services also handles logistical needs for VB Rescue.

Sustainment and Retention Services

The Sustainment and Retention Services division is led by Division Chief John Bianco and is responsible for handling human resources needs for VB Rescue and assisting in recruitment and retention efforts across the VB Rescue system.

Brigade Chief Christi Budy serves as VB Rescue’s Infection Control Officer and also leads RescueSTAT efforts, which are aimed at creating better processes throughout the VB Rescue system.

This division also handles public affairs for VB Rescue, including digital media projects and public awareness.


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