Virginia Beach Fire Department

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Virginia Beach Fire Department
Virginia Beach Fire Department Logo.jpg
Operational area
Country  United States
State  Virginia
City Virginia Beach
Agency overview[1]
Established January 1, 1963 (1963-01-01)
Annual calls 39,928 (2013)
Employees 498 (2013)
Annual budget $44,772,337 (2013)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Steven Cover
EMS level ALS and BLS
IAFF 2924
Facilities and equipment[1]
Battalions 4
Stations 19
Engines 20
Trucks 8
Tillers 1
Platforms 4
Rescues 2
Tenders 3
Wildland 8
Fireboats 3
Light and air 1
Official website

The Virginia Beach Fire Department(VBFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The department protects an area of 249 square miles (640 km2) as well as 59 square miles (150 km2) of inland waterways and 38 miles (61 km) of shoreline. The independent city is home to a population of 448,479, not including the summer population growth due to tourism, making it the most populous city in Virginia and the 39th largest city in the United States.[1]


The Virginia Beach Fire Department has origins dating back to 1906 when the Town Council felt the need to provide fire equipment to protect the rapidly growing resort area and formed an all volunteer fire department.[2] In 1928 the volunteers felt that the need had grown to require a paid system. The town hired a paid staff of firefighters that also performed the duties of police officers. This dual duty system was necessary as the town did not have the funding to hire single function employees. On January 1, 1963, the Town of Virginia Beach merged with Princess Anne County to form the City of Virginia Beach and thus the Virginia Beach Fire Department was born.[2]


USAR Task Force 2[edit]

The Virginia Beach Fire Department is the founding member of one of Virginia's two FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.[3] Virginia Task Force 2 (VA-TF2) is available to respond to natural or man-made disasters around the country and the world to assist with search and rescue, medical support, damage assessment and communications.[4]

Marine Operations[edit]

The VBFD Marine Operations Team is responsible for patrolling 59 square miles (150 km2) of inland waterways as well as 38 miles (61 km) of shoreline.[1] The team also provides mutual aid to parts of North Carolina as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. The operations team has three fireboats at their disposal:[5]

  • Fireboat 1 is a 30-foot (9.1 m) Argus Class Northwind with an enclosed cabin and a 1,500-US-gallon-per-minute (0.095 m3/s) pump docked in Lynnhaven Inlet.:[5]
  • Fireboat 6 is a 24-foot (7.3 m) Metal Shark aluminum response vessel with a 500-US-gallon-per-minute (0.032 m3/s) pump docked at Station 6 in Creeds.[5]
  • Fireboat 12 is a former USCG 41-foot (12 m) utility boat that is designed to operate under rough weather and sea conditions where its speed and maneuverability make it an ideal platform. It is kept at the City Dredge Ops marina located in Owls Creek.[5]

Stations and apparatus[edit]

City Engine Truck Wildland Chief Other
1 First Landing Engine 1 Ladder 1 Fireboat 1
2 Davis Corner Engine 2 Ladder 2 Brush 2 Battalion 2
3 London Bridge Engine 3 Rescue 1, HazMat 1, HazMat 2
4 Chesapeake Beach Engine 4 PAC 1
5 Princess Anne Engine 5 Brush 5 Tanker 5,
6 Creeds Engine 6 Brush 6 Tanker 6, Fireboat 6
7 Thalia Engine 7 Ladder 7 Rescue 2, Tech 1, Safety 1
8 Oceana Engine 8 Ladder 8 Brush 8 ATV 8, Support 8
9 Kempsville Engine 9 Brush 9
10 Woodstock Engine 10 Ladder 10
11 Beach Borough Engine 11
Engine 14
Ladder 11 Battalion 1
12 Seatack Engine 12 Brush 12 Fireboat 12
13 Blackwater Engine 13 Brush 13 Tanker 13
16 Plaza Engine 16 Ladder 16
17 Sandbridge Engine 17 Brush 17
18 Green Run Engine 18 Battalion 3
19 Stumpy Lake Engine 19 Brush 19
20 Little Neck Engine 20
21 General Booth Engine 21 Ladder 21 Battalion 4 MCI Bus


  1. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Virginia Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "History". Virginia Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Task Force Locations". FEMA. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "About". Virginia Task Force 2. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d "The Marine Team". Virginia Beach Fire Department. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

Coordinates: 36°45′2.4″N 76°3′17.4″W / 36.750667°N 76.054833°W / 36.750667; -76.054833