The VBFD Multimedia Services Office was established in 1990 to create a vehicle to disseminate information using the television medium to the Frontline firefighters in Virginia Beach. The unit has grown into a fully operational television facility; to include a working studio and non-linear video editing suites. Programs which are produced include: Virginia Beach Frontline Firefighter, EMT Today, The Chief's Corner, The Virginia Beach Firewire News, and Safety Connection.
All of these programs are written, shot, edited and produced by Virginia Beach Multimedia Production Unit, Firefighters and staff. They are shown on several different cable channels. The programs are available to all of the citizens and visitors of Virginia Beach. The programs produced by this unit are also used by the National Fire Academy, EENET (Emergency Education Network) and National Alert - a program that is distributed to over 150 open cable systems in the United States and around the world.
In addition to the television production projects, the Multimedia Services Bureau also assists the Fire Marshal's Bureau with forensic media evidence collection, manages the Fire Departments Internet social networking, web site, and many manages other various forms of multimedia communication.