Battalion Chief John M. Keyes is the Battalion Chief of Fire Training for the Virginia Beach Fire Department and is the Director of the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy. Chief Keyes is an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and holds a Master of Public Administration from Troy University.
Captain Ray Irizarry joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department April 1st, 1988. He served in the Operations Division from 1988 to 2013 in many different capacities including the technical rescue and hazmat companies. Captain Irizarry is currently assigned to the Technical Services Division, Fire Training Center. Ray is the course supervisor for the Tidewater Regional Fire Academy and the canine coordinator for the urban search and rescue team, Virginia Task Force 2. His duties include coordination and development of engine company and ladder company in-service fire training, scheduling the use of all fire training props, the liaison to Virginia Task Force 2.
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 has 23 years of service, is a Board Certified Investigator/Inspector, and an adjunct instructor with the Department of Fire Programs.
Master Firefighter Hope Scott has been in the VBFD for 10 years. She started her career at Company 11 and ended at Company 7 before entering the training division. She holds a bachelor’s degree and plans to obtain a master’s degree in the future. MFF Scott is in charge of the FTC apparatus and has taught some EMT-B classes. In addition, MFF Scott has assisted with the Support Technician Program and the medic academy.
Master Firefighter Matthew Pittman has been with the Virginia Beach
Fire Department since 2005. Previously,
he was stationed at Company 3 and a member of the Virginia Beach Fire
Department Hazardous Materials Response Team. In 2010, he became a member of the Urban
Search and Rescue Team, VATF-2, as a Hazardous Materials Specialist. Currently, as an instructor at the Virginia
Beach Training Center, he is responsible for the training of new Fire Recruits,
the delivery of Company In-service training, and assisting with the
Virginia Beach Volunteer Firefighter Salvage Technician Program.
Master Firefighter Steven Huey began firefighting as a volunteer in his home state of Pennsylvania at the age of 17. He joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in 2003, and has been assigned to Engine 16, Engine 5, Ladder 21, and Ladder 16. Master Firefighter Huey also worked part-time for the Chesapeake Fire Department as an EMT provider on their medic units. As an instructor, Master Firefighter Huey is responsible for the training of new recruit firefighters and assisting in the continuing education of the Virginia Beach Fire Department's members. He also assists with training the Support Technicians of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Firefighter Salvage Technician Program.