High-Rise Firefighting Training to Take Place Nov. 25 through Dec. 3

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Virginia Beach Fire Department will be training members on high-rise firefighting tactics at the Cavalier Hotel Oceanfront, 4201 Atlantic Ave., from Nov. 25 through Dec. 3, 2014. This live fire training will begin around 8 a.m. and end around 6 p.m. each day except for Nov. 27, 28, and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Citizens may see smoke coming from the building during live fire training drills.

“This is a rare opportunity to practice in a real-world environment and will help Virginia Beach firefighters hone search-and-rescue skills, while fighting a fire with limited accessibility,” said Fire Chief Steve Cover.  Staff from Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services will also participate in the training exercises to make this event as realistic as possible, he explained.


The training will impact traffic in two areas.  Atlantic Avenue will be closed from 40th Street to Pacific Avenue at the entrance of the hotel for fire apparatus staging, and Oceanfront Avenue will be blocked at 4201 42nd St. in order to access the fire hydrant.


“This important training event would not be possible without the cooperation of local citizens and the business community,” said Fire Battalion Chief Amy Valdez  “We would also like to thank the people and organizations that are providing support and resources for this event, including Oceanfront Cavalier Hotel, Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, members of the Virginia Beach Community Emergency Response Team, and the Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic fire departments.”


For more information, contact Chief Valdez at (757) 385-1075 or avaldez@vbgov.com.

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