Tri-City Fire Department Automatic Aid Starts May 4

Monday, May 04, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the automatic aid program between the fire departments of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach will begin today, May 4, at 9 a.m. 

The purpose of this program is to enhance structure fire response and reduce response times to bordering communities within the three jurisdictions. As part of the automatic aid program, predefined areas along the boundaries of the three jurisdictions have been identified for an automatic aid response. Calls for structure fires in these predefined areas will generate an automatic aid response from fire crews in the neighboring locality. 

Earlier this year, fire crews from the three jurisdictions participated in six days of live-fire training at the Virginia Beach Fire Department Training Center, 927 S. Birdneck Road. The purpose of this training was to streamline communication and on-scene tactics in preparation for automatic aid responses.

We would also like to invite the media to a press conference on Thursday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Drive. Representatives from each department will be available to answer questions about the Tri-City Automatic Aid Program.

For more information, please contact District Chief Michael Barakey at (757) 385-1095 or

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