Fire Department Receives Governor’s Award for Outstanding Fire Response

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Virginia Beach Fire Department has won the Governor’s Fire Service Award for Outstanding Fire Response for its response to the April 6, 2012, F-18 aircraft crash into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex. 


The award recognizes the Fire Department’s mutual aid system and interagency cooperation in the response to this complex incident. The department will receive the award at the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Expo & Symposium at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Feb. 23.


This is the second straight year that the Virginia Beach Fire Department has won the Outstanding Fire Response Award. Last year, the department won the award for rescuing a 12-year-old girl who was impaled on a boat propeller in the Chesapeake Bay.


The Governor's Fire Service Awards were established in 2002 as a formal recognition of excellence in Virginia's fire services. Nominees are selected by the executive committee of the Virginia Fire Services Board and forwarded to the governor through the Secretary of Public Safety for final approval. The awards are presented annually each February. This year marks the awards’ 10th anniversary.


For more information, contact Battalion Chief Tim Riley at (757) 385-1075 or 

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