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 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 Fire Fighter Alexander Wazlak III
, has been with the Virginia Beach Fire Department for 10 years and is currently an Instructor with the training division. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Tech. He has experience on Ladder and Engine Companies, is currently on the VBFD Honor Guard,
Marine Incident Response Team and holds a Captains License from the United States Coast Guard.
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 Shawn Hall is an Instructor at the Virginia Beach Fire and EMS Training Center. In addition to being an instructor responsible for the training of new recruit fire fighters and assisting in the continuing education of the members of the fire department, he is also responsible for all acquired structures that the Fire Department receives for live evolution training as well as live fire training. Master Firefighter Shawn Hall also assists with the Virginia Beach Volunteer Firefighter Salvage Technician Program and the VBCERT Program and is a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Team, VATF-2 as a Technical Search Specialists Manager. Master Fire Fighter Shawn Hall has 15 years of service with the Virginia Beach Fire Department and holds an Associates of Applied Science degree in Fire Science.