Kirk P. Kellerhals - Multimedia Production Unit Supervisor / Multimedia Communications Specialist II
Although Kirk is new to Fire Service Operations, he is no stranger to public service.
Before relocating to Virginia Beach, Kirk served as a Tennessee Law Enforcement Officer for over 11 years in the capacity of everything ranging from a Field Training Officer, a Narcotics Detective, to a Patrol Sergeant.
His passion for photography however led him back to school where he earned an Associate’s Degree from the Nossi College of Art in Photography and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Austin Peay State University with a major in Photojournalism.
Following graduation, Kirk worked for Fox News in Nashville, Tennessee as a News Photographer and the Chief Video Editor.
As an award winning photographer, several of Kirk’s photos and videos have been featured on local and national news networks and have appeared in several national and international print publications.
Kirk has also had the opportunity to travel and work internationally with National Geographic Magazine. Kirk's craziest photography assignment was to run a full Marathon with two contestants from the NBC hit TV series "The Biggest Loser". Kirk was contracted by NBC to video document their achievement at every mile marker along the 26.2 mile course of the 2009 Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tennessee. The Marathon footage Kirk shot was featured on the 2009 season finale of "The Biggest Loser" however, Kirk's most inspiring and memorable photojournalism experience was on the island nation of Haiti following the tragic 2010 earthquake.
What he witnessed there fueled his desire to return to the public service arena and his passion for photography (not to mention his love for the ocean!) led him to transplant from Nashville, Tennessee to Virginia Beach to become part of the team at the Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Multimedia Production Unit. Kirk was named "Best Photographer" in the 2011 City of Virginia Beach photography contest and was named "2nd Best Photographer" in the 2012 City of Virginia Beach photography contest.
When Kirk is not at work, you will probably find him surfing the local breaks or taking in a nice long run as he is an avid surfer and long distance runner. Kirk is a PADI certified Divemaster with over 2000 logged dives, serves as a Deacon on the Church Council of International Christian Church in Virginia Beach, and an active member of the Tidewater Striders Running organization. Kirk is married to his best friend and soul mate Madeliene and they have three handsome sons and a beautiful daughter.
Robert A. Anderson - Videographer
Robert (Bob) Anderson, has a very long and distinguished career with the Virginia Beach Fire Department. Bob retired from the VBFD in May 2005 after serving for 29 years. Bob was a Field Firefighter for 15 years and served 14 years as Instructor Videographer for the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center. Bob was recognized as the VBFD FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR in 1986 and has received many awards for work in Video Production for the Virginia Beach Fire Department, The Virginia Beach Police Department, The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, The Virginia Department of Fire Programs and The National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Bob created the Virginia Beach Fire Department Video Production Unit in 1990, which was initially designed to produce training programs for department personnel. Monthly programs include Virginia Beach Frontline Firefighter, Safety Connection, EMT Today, and National Alert (a program produced in cooperation with the National Fire
Academy). In 2010 Bob’s love for video production and the VBFD brought him back as a part time Videographer for the Multimedia Production Unit. Bob’s works have been featured and utilized by several local and national companies such as The Weather Channel, Sentara Corporation, Spec Rescue International, FEMA, City of Virginia Beach Schools and WHRO – Great TV Auction just to name a few. Bob is happily married to his wife, Susan and they have a beautiful teenaged daughter.
Krystal D. Jacobs - Vidographer
Krystal Jacobs started out as intern with the VBFD in January of 2008 and was later hired on in July of that same year. She has since worked part-time as a Videographer I in the Multi-Media Production Unit. Krystal holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Old Dominion University (2004) and a Master of Arts in Media Production from Norfolk State University (2008). She and her colleagues manage many of the social networking sites for the VBFD, particularly Facebook. Krystal has several years of experience in the broadcast field and also worked as a full-time News Editor for local emerging news leader, WTKR News Channel 3. She was responsible for editing their prime time newscasts from 5pm-630pm as well as the 11pm newscasts throughout the week. Krystal was also the main editor for their weekend broadcasts. When she is not working, Krystal stays busy at home raising her two daughters.