Virginia Beach Fire Chief Appoints New Deputy Chief of Operations

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Virginia Beach Fire Department is proud to announce the appointment of a new Deputy Chief of Operations, James Ramsey.  Ramsey has been serving as the interim Deputy Chief since November of last year but Fire Chief David Hutcheson made it official this week when he handed Chief Ramsey his new badge during an impromptu ceremony at the Fire Administration Center. 

Chief Ramsey has been with the VBFD since 1990.  During that time he has served in all ranks of emergency response and been a Chief Officer for ten years.  Chief Ramsey has served as the Fire Marshal and was the District Chief of Personnel Development which provided oversight of Training, Prevention, Public Information and Human Resources.

Chief Ramsey is also a Type III, All-Hazards Incident Commander with the Hampton Roads Incident Management Team (HRIMT).  In that role he deployed to Ellicott City, MD for flooding response and to Tappahannock, VA for tornado response.

He holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Tidewater Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University and is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University.