The Marine Operations Team is tasked with responding to emergency operations involving fires on vessels, fires along the shoreline, EMS calls involving swimmers or boaters in distress, vessels in distress (e.g. boats taking on water), and hazardous materials response.
This specialized team maintains and operates a 21-foot vessel in the City of Virginia Beach and can respond within the port of Hampton Roads as requested.
In addition to serving the citizens of Virginia Beach, the team assists the Coast Guard and may be requested by any agency for assistance. The team assists with Harborfest yearly and was deployed during OpSail 2000.
All Virginia Beach Fire Department Firefighters that pass the basic swim test are eligible.