Battalion Chief Jack Crandell is the Battalion Chief of Fire Training for the Virginia Beach Fire Department and is the Director of the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy. He has 25 years of service with the department. He holds a bachelors degree and is an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Chief Crandell is also the Apparatus/Fleet manager for the Fire Department.
Captain John Keyes is a Captain/Supervisor whose duties include: TRFA Supervisor, Coordinating the Career Path Mentorship Program, Recruit Proficiency Testing and coordinates all outside training at the facilities.
Captain April Elmore is serving in the training division of the City of Virginia Beach Fire Department. She is responsible for officer development, Career Path Instruction, coordination of EMS recertification and ongoing training, assists with the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy, and delivers the Volunteer Support Technician Program. She supervises the Multi-Media Division and coordinates all training and special requested media projects. Captain Elmore also proudly serves as the Commander of the Virginia Beach Fire Department Honor Guard. She has 23 years of service, is a Board Certified Investigator/Inspector, and an adjunct instructor with the Department of Fire Programs.
Master Firefighter Jason Probst has been with the VBFD for since 2003 and has recently joined the training center staff. MFF Probst is a member of the VBFD Technical Rescue Team, Tidewater Regional Technical Rescue Team, as well as a Rescue Specialist for VATF 2 and serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the VA Dept of Fire Programs. MFF Probst also holds certifications as a VA State EMT Instructor as well as American Heart CPR and ACLS Instructor Certifications.
Master Firefighter/Instructor Craig Brown is assigned as the TRFA instructor and responsible for Ladder Company Inservice and Technician Rescue Training.
Master Firefighter William Murray has been involved in Emergency Services for 18 years. Currently assigned to the Training Center and coordinates the departments Driver Operator Program, assists in the development and delivery of EMS Continuing Education, and works with the Multimedia Production Department to produce Frontline and other video based content and is the liaison for outside agencies.
Master Firefighter/Instructor Paul Roenker is assigned as a TRFA Co-Coordinator, organized the Acquired Structures Program and Engine Company Inservice Training.