Gates and Barrier Arm Best Practices

Please remember that the gates/arms are designed to let ONE vehicle pass through before the gate closes. Never try to follow a vehicle through the gate without reentering the code or waiting for it to close and reopen. Click here for more information:  Gate arm info

Cable Median Barrier Information

Please click the link below for information on the cable median barrier system installed along 264.  it includes information on how to work around crashes when they involve the cables and a video link with more information on the system and how it works.   Cable median barrier

Holidays are Stressful!

The holidays can be a stressful enough time for many people—so much to do with little time to get it done, longer nights, colder temperatures, tempting food that derails your diet, family, shopping, work deadlines, crowds and traffic, budgets—it can feel overwhelming! EMS calls might add additional stress during...

Changes to how we handle STROKE

A message primarily to: Core Ops Members Firefighters Changes to how we handle STROKE New screening tool, new receiving facility BEFAST For a couple of decades or so, our preferred stroke screening exam was the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale.  It was composed of the following elements: F:  Facial droop,...

The Preemption Pause

A message primarily to: Operations members The Preemption Pause Not so fast, buckaroo I had planned for this to be my Sterile Cockpit article, but there’s something else we want to share with you first. Recent changes Clearly our earlier articles have had an impact.  Personnel have been doing...

Patients in Handcuffs

Researched and written by Capt. M. Brown We commonly associate drug overdose calls with opiates with good reason. However there are other illicit drugs found in Virginia Beach.  When paired with the heat of summer stretching into November, some drugs can be seen as a different medical condition. Flakka...

Virginia Beach Medically Friendly Shelter

In 2009, the City of Virginia Beach added Medically Friendly Sheltering (MFS) to our city shelter plan.  EMS was identified as the lead agency and began the daunting task of identifying sites, writing contracts, obtaining equipment, identifying staffing, and drawing up plans to operate an MFS. Medically Friendly Shelters...

Tight Dispatch Cycle

A message primarily to: Operations members Tight Dispatch Cycle Another key concept from the new radio Communications Manual First, a brief recap The main message from the last article in this series was that we want all on-air personnel to have a mental Common Operating Picture of how calls...

Common Operating Picture

A message primarily to: Operations members Common Operating Picture A key concept from the new radio Communications Manual Background There’s a feature in the new CAD that’s supposed to help reduce response times.  It’s called Automatic Resource Location (ARL), and it is GPS-based.  When an incident needs an ambulance,...