Fire Administration

The Virginia Beach Fire Department is a customer service organization partnering with communities, members, citizens and visitors to foster the feeling of safety any place, any time through planning, mitigation, response and restoration.

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The City of Virginia Beach is located in the southeast corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  With a land mass of 249 square miles, 59 square miles of inland waterways, and 38 miles of shoreline its boarders stretch from the Chesapeake Bay in the north to the North Carolina State line in the south. 

The Virginia Beach Fire Department (VBFD) is a customer service organization partnering with communities, members, citizens and visitors to foster the feeling of safety any place, any time through planning, mitigation, response and restoration.  The VBFD, founded in 1963 when the Town of Virginia Beach merged with Princess Anne County, is a career Fire Department focusing on all-hazards response for the community.  Currently it employs nearly 450 uniform responders and 40 civilian staff members dedicated to serving over 450,000 permanent residents as well as the City's 12.8 million annual visitors.  The VBFD is comprised of several divisions to include Fire Administration, Fire Operations, Fire Prevention Bureau, Resource Management, Special Operations, and Emergency Management and is under the direction of Fire Chief Steven R. Cover.  Responders staff 19 fire stations and work from variable response platforms including: twenty engines, eight ladder trucks, two heavy rescue vehicles, a Hazmat truck, a technical rescue truck, and three fire boats. 

The VBFD was first accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in 2001 and has successfully maintained accredited status ever since.  The Department has strong regional, state, and federal ties that support emergency response, training, and both automatic and mutual aid and is home to Virginia Task Force 2, one of the 28 FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Teams from across the country.  Virginia Task Force 2 is a specialized rescue organization comprised of highly trained Firefighters, Technical Rescue Technicians, Medical Professionals, Canine Handlers, Engineers and Physicians from various cities and departments located throughout the region such as Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Franklin, James City County, Navy Regional, Newport News, Norfolk, Hampton, Williamsburg, Henrico County, and York County. 

The VBFD is prepared to manage a variety of responses including:

  • Fire Operations: Structural, Rural, & Wildland Urban Interface
  • Emergency Medical  Basic Life Saving & Advanced Life Saving First Response
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Confined Space, Trench Collapse, and High & Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Marine Search and Rescue
  • Marine & Shipboard Firefighting
  • FEMA Urban Search & Rescue
  • Domestic Preparedness & Planning

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