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Battalion I includes Stations 3, 8, 11, 12

Battalion I Office is located at Station 11

 
A Shift - Battalion Chief Stephen Lesinski has served the Virginia Beach Fire Department since September 1985.  Battalion Chief Lesinski has served in a variety of assignments within the department. He has been a member of the special operations division on the Hazardous Materials and Marine Teams and been a member of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team VA-TF2 as a Plans Manager. He is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.
 


 

 

B Shift - Battalion Chief Paul Pureza  joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in January 1986.  He currently serves as the Operations Battalion Chief of Battalion 1, B Shift.  His assignments have included most of the operational spectrum; Engine, Ladder, Squad, Special Operations, VA-TF2, and Safety. 

Battalion Chief Pureza holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Safety and Health, and is a graduate of the Virginia Fire Officers Academy. 

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C Shift - Eric Wilkerson (Photo coming soon)

Battalion Chief Eric Wilkerson has been with the Virginia Beach Fire Department since 1999.  He started his career in the fire service after received his Bachelors degree from James Madison University in 1996.   He currently is assigned to Battalion 1, C Shift.  His previous assignments have included some of the busiest fire stations in the city and the Fire Training Center.
 
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Battalion II includes Stations 1, 2, 4, 7, 20

Battalion II Office is located at Station 2.

 
  

A Shift - Battalion Chief Joshua Goyet has been with the Virginia Beach Fire Department since 2002.  

 

Battalion Chief Goyet holds a Bachelor's Degree from Old Dominion University in Exercise Science.  He has served as a Hazardous Materials Technician, TRFA Instructor, holds a certification as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Specialist (NSCA), and serves as a PEER Fitness Trainer. 

 

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B Shift - Battalion Chief John Harvey  joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in 1981. He has operated in many roles within the department including line and staff functions. Battalion Chief Harvey is currently assigned to the Operations Division as Battalion 3 on C shift and is responsible for the coordination of the Fire Hydrant Maintenance Program, serving as the department’ s liaison with the City’s Public Utilities Department and assisting with the daily operations of the department’s staff scheduling program.  In the past he has provided program management for the Department’s Safety Division as the department’s Safety Officer and special operations functions including the program management of the Hazardous Materials Team and daily operational management of the department’s Technical Rescue Team and the Tidewater Regional Technical Rescue Team as the lead agency. 
 
Battalion Chief Harvey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University.
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C Shift - Battalion Chief William (Billy) Reynolds has been in the fire service since 1997.  Battalion Chief Reynolds is currently a member of VA-TF2 as a Logistics Specialist and was recently selected to be a part of the Hampton Roads Incident Management Team.

Battalion Chief Reynolds holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education and is working on completing his Master's Degree in Exercise Science.
 
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Battalion III includes Stations 9, 10, 16, 18, 19

Battalion III Office is located at Station 18.

 

A Shift - Battalion Chief Kenny Pravetz


 

 

B Shift - Battalion Chief Claiborne Cofer joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department December 1989.  He is currently assigned to Fire Operations as Battalion 3, B Shift.  Battalion Chief Cofer is response for the daily supervision and management of operational activities, equipment, and personnel.  He is also the department's ERS representative. 

Battalion Chief Cofer is Pro Board Certified through the Fire Department Safety Officers Association as an Incident Safety Officer and a Health Safety Officer.  He is a Hazardous Materials Specialist, Instructor III, Fire Officer II, and a National Registered Paramedic.

Battalion Chief Cofer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Health and Safety.

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C Shift -Battalion Chief Timothy Riley  joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in July 1985.  He is currently assigned to Battalion 3, C Shift.

Battalion Chief Riley has been a certified National Registry Paramedic since 1990, currently serves as a medical specialist for Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team, and is a tactical SWAT medic with the Norfolk Field Office of the F.B.I.  He is a member of the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services STEMI Steering Committee and is affiliated with the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Battalion Chief Riley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond in Human Resource Management with a minor in Leadership and ASA in Emergency Management from Tidewater Community College. 

Battalion Chief Riley has been married to his wonderful wife, Molly, for 26 years, has two grown children, and two wonderful grandchildren.

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Battalion IV includes Stations 5, 6, 13, 17, 21

 

Battalion IV Office is located at Station 21.

 
 

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Battalion Chief Perry Ehle  joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department September 1983.  He is currently assigned to the Operations Division, Battalion 4, A Shift.
 Battalion Chief Ehle State Certified Paramedic and hold a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati.  He has served as a Battalion Chief since March 2009.  He is responsible for the daily supervision and management of operational activities, equipment, and personnel in Battalion 4. 

 

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B Shift - Battalion Chief William Skelaney was promoted on August 18, 2010 after serving as a Captain for 21 years.  He joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department on July 1, 1980.  He is currently assigned to Battalion 4, B Shift and is the Program Manager for the Wildland/Urban Interface Group (WUIG).  Battalion Chief Skelaney is currently a member of the Hampton Roads Incident Management Team as a Division/Group Supervisor.  He is also trained as a Hazardous Materials Technician.  Battalion Chief Skelaney has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Management from St. Leo University and also has an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Tidewater Community College.

Chief Skelaney has been married to his wife JoJo for 34 years and has twin children, Rebecca and Kyle. Rebecca is married to Dustin Shepard who is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, and his son Kyle recently completed five years as a U.S. Marine.  Battalion Chief Skelaney is active in his Church and loves spending time with his family and dogs, Brutus and Ziva.
 
 

 

 
 
 

C Shift - Battalion Chief Leon Dextradeur joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department January 1983.  He is currently assigned to the Operations Division, Battalion 2, C Shift.

Battalion Chief Dextradeur is Pro Board Certified through the Fire Department Safety Officers Association as an Incident Safety Officer and a Health Safety Officer.  He is a Hazardous Materials Specialist, Instructor III, Fire Officer III, National Registered Paramedic, and Technical Rescue Instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.  Battalion Chief Dextradeur is the Plans Section Chief for VA-TF2 Urban Search and Rescue Team with notable deployments to Oklahoma City, the Pentagon, Hurricanes Katrina, Frances, and Ivan, 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Battalion Chief Dextradeur holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

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Safety and Wellness Bureau
 
Chief Deborah Gaudet joined the Virginia Beach Fire Department in 1995. She is currently assigned to the Safety and Wellness Bureau. She is Pro-Board certified Health and Safety Officer and Incident Safety Officer.  She is responsible for oversight of the Department’s Health, Safety and Wellness Programs. Chief Gaudet is an NFPA appointee to the Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment. Additionally, she served with the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team VA-TF2 for nine years, first as a Technical Information Specialist then as a Plans Officer.
 
Chief Gaudet holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Safety and Health from the National Labor College, Silver Springs, Maryland.
 
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