Chief Edward M. Brazle
Chief 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 completed tours as Chief of the Operations, Support Services, and Administration Divisions. Prior to being appointed as Chief of the Department in June of 2016, he held a leading role in 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 named to the City of Virginia Beach Employee Hall of Fame in 2013.
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. 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 the Emergency Physicians of Tidewater, as well as 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 Joseph L. Hundley
Deputy Chief Joey Hundley is a life member of the Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad where he was active from 1996 through 2007. During that time, he was released to general supervision as a Paramedic and served in a number of roles, including Squad Commander, Special Operations Captain, and volunteer Brigade Chief. He left the area in 2007 due to active duty Navy commitments, but continued to be involved in various public safety activities and training after leaving Virginia Beach, including serving as a volunteer EMT and firefighter. In 2016, Deputy Chief Hundley retired from the Navy after 26 years of service that included tours as submarine Chief of the Boat and Command Master Chief.
After leaving the Navy, he initially directed EMS education programs before being assigned as the Director of Operations of American Ambulance Service, Inc. In this role, he was actively involved with managing an operation running 30,000 calls annually across 19 localities. He served on a number of strategic committees and was honored with the Paul Winfield Smith EMS Educator Award.
He returned to Virginia Beach EMS in January 2019 assuming the role of Deputy Chief, where he began overseeing the Support Services Branch. Chief Hundley added oversight of the Operations Branch in Dec. 2021. Deputy Chief Hundley holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University.
Division Chief John Bianco
Division Chief Bianco started with Virginia Beach EMS as a volunteer trainee at Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1985 and joined Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1990 as a Paramedic and Heavy and Tactical Rescue Technician. He began his EMS career with the Emergency Medical Service Institute in Pittsburgh providing comprehensive EMS support across 10 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. He then moved to central Pennsylvania and expanded EMS programing as a faculty and supervisor with Penn State. Division Chief Bianco rejoined Virginia Beach EMS in 2004 and was promoted to Division Chief in 2005.
He has lead every division within VBEMS during his tenure and has lead the development of sustained programs that have improved the system and its performance. Division Chief Bianco is certified as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, Education Coordinator and is currently on the adjunct faculty with Tidewater Community College. He holds the designation of Chief Medical Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He continues to contribute as training center faculty with the American Heart Association and instructor with the Virginia Office of EMS and Virginia Department of Emergency Management along with other public safety and health organizations. Division Chief Bianco is currently leading the Sustainment and Retention Division.
Division Chief Michael Lewis
Division Chief Lewis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from The American University, as well as several national certifications in public safety. He joined the Department of EMS as a member of Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad in 2003, progressing from EMT to Paramedic. During his tenure with OPVRS, he served in various leadership positions including Squad Commander. In 2008, Division Chief Lewis accepted a full-time position with Accomack County Department of Public Safety as a Firefighter/Paramedic. There he implemented a county-wide RSI program under the guidelines of TEMS, developed and launched the county’s 12-lead EKG program for all certified providers and assisted in the creation of the Department’s drunk driving awareness campaign for high school students.
In 2013, Division Chief Lewis was hired by the Department of EMS as a career Paramedic. He was promoted to Captain in 2015 and had the opportunity to oversee the Department’s Marine Medic Program. In 2016, he was promoted to Brigade Chief and assumed responsibility as an Operations Chief Duty Officer. Later, he transitioned to the Department’s Brigade Chief of Special Operations. His direct responsibilities included; Marine Rescue Program, SWAT Medic Team, Mass Casualty Incident Response, Heavy Rescue/Squad Truck Team, Bike/SAR Team, Special Events Coordination and the Sandbridge Lifeguard Program. He serves on various city and regional committees and is a member of the Virginia Beach Incident Management Team. In 2017, he developed a training program for Criminal Mass Casualty Incident Response. This was implemented in collaboration with the Department of Fire and Police as a city-wide public safety initiative. Chief Lewis currently leads the Field Services Division.
Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb
Division Chief Lipscomb joined Virginia Beach EMS as a volunteer with the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1989. In addition to serving 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 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 has received 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. Division Chief Lipscomb is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. Presently, Chief Lipscomb leads the Proactive Services Division.
Division Chief Bruce Nedelka
Division Chief Nedelka leads the Educational Services Division, including training, volunteer applicant onboarding and volunteer human resources. 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 which 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 McBride has served as a member of the Virginia Beach EMS system for over 15 years as a member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad; she has previously served in numerous squad officer positions, including Captain of Administration and Squad Commander (2014-2015). Assistant Chief McBride 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 is assigned to Headquarters working on special projects.
Assistant Chief Bill Walker
Assistant Chief Walker has been an active member of Virginia Beach EMS for over twenty years and is certified as an Advanced EMT. During his tenure, Assistant Chief Walker has served as both the President and Squad Commander of the Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad, as well as a Field Supervisor with the Department of EMS since 2004. Assistant Chief Walker has received many awards from the Department of EMS over the years and most recently served as an interim Brigade Chief. His portfolio includes Rescue 9, Rescue 14 and Rescue 16, and he will serve as the volunteer chief liaison to the Marine Rescue Team.