VBPD rolls out Naloxone program

Effective immediately, select Virginia Beach police officers will begin to carry Naloxone and administer it to suspected opiate overdoses if/when they are on-scene prior to EMS arrival. This program is supported by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and is consistent with trends happening across the...

New Volunteer Application Process

We are pleased to announce on behalf of Interim Chief Brazle that EMS has initiated an online application process for our volunteers with an emphasis on welcoming the potential member with an all-around improved customer service experience. You have asked and it has finally been created. As you are aware,...

Department of EMS Recognized for Excellence

The Virginia Beach Department of EMS was named as an Agency of Excellence during the Governor’s EMS Awards Program last weekend.  This status is the culmination of an inspection by the Virginia Office of EMS that assessed eight critical program areas, including Leadership/Management and Clinical Performance.  Within these areas...

2015 AHA Updates

Every five years the American Hearth Association has updated their guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care and these are now out for 2015.  The staff at EMS Training has been reviewing not only the updated guidelines but also has been reviewing the underlying science and research.  Appropriate changes...

Standardized Medical Bags

Each rescue squad is being given a new primary “jump” bag for each ambulance.  These bags will be standardized throughout the system as part of a continual effort to enhance patient care and make our operations more efficient.  With these new bags on each unit (they will be deployed...

New EMS Staff Member

On behalf of Chief Bruce W. Edwards, I would like to welcome Tyra Fitch to the Department of EMS.  Tyra has been selected to serve as the department’s Account Clerk II.  She will manage the payroll process for career staff, medics and lifeguards.  Additionally she will support a number...

Passing of an Active Member

On behalf of Chief Bruce W. Edwards, we regret to announce the death of Virginia Beach EMS and Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad Life Member Mel Losick.  Mel joined EMS in 1970, advancing to the Paramedic level.  He served in numerous roles throughout his career, including field supervisor, squad truck...

Discounted event tickets

Another initiative from the EMS Recruitment and Retention Committee Finding discounted tickets to your favorite events just got a little easier via Ticket Monster Perks. Ticket Monster Perks is similar to StubHub, but their costs are around 15% less expensive. EMS in conjunction with the City of Virginia Beach...

New EMS Staff Members

On behalf of EMS Chief Bruce W. Edwards, I am pleased to announce the impending arrival of one new staff member and promotion of another effective August 7th. Greg Postlewait has been hired as our Business Application Specialist. His primary role will be to manage our Electronic Medical Records...