The Virginia Beach Fire Department provides first response emergency medical care from our engine, ladder, and specialty companies. The members assigned to these units are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, and provide basic life support skills utilizing an assortment of emergency medical equipment. Additionally, each engine, ladder, and specialty company apparatus is assigned an Automatic External Defibrillator for use in cardiac emergencies.
The department also provides the opportunity for those holding Advanced Life Support (ALS) certifications the ability to practice these skills. Each engine, ladder, and specialty company is assigned the necessary ALS equipment to fully function as the primary care provider for patients requiring advanced pre-hospital treatment.
Eligibility to participate in the ALS program is granted through the Department of EMS.