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The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad is the EMS service of Virginia Beach in addition their services are free of charge. This is the largest all-volunteer rescue squad in the United States. Each Rescue Squad is housed out of a local Firehouse with the exception of 3 Rescue Stations. Most volunteers give 4 days a month, 12 hour shifts. Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad started in 1952 after attorney J. Peter Holland III came on to a car accident and was unable to receive timely help because the fire department's ambulance was disabled. Holland gathered people in the community to start a volunteer rescue squad. The group took a trip to Fredericksburg, who already had a working volunteer system. The group went to the city and received $500 to start the rescue squad. On May 1st, 1952 Princess Anne-Virginia Beach Rescue started operations. In the 60's the city found the need for more rescue squads and requested the new squads operate within the fire departments. Virginia Beach-Princess Anne Rescue opted to remain its own independent squad. This squad is now known as Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue or Rescue 14. Rescue 8 is 14's sister station. In the 70's more members where needed and for the first time, women where allowed to volunteer with the rescue squads.

Operations

The following Rescue Squads are housed out of Virginia Beach Fire Houses (VBFD)

  • Rescue Squad 2 Station 2 Davis Corner
  • Rescue Squad 5 Station 5 Princess Anne Court House
  • Rescue Squad 6 Station 6 Creeds
  • Rescue Squad 9 Station 9 Kempsville
  • Rescue Squad 16 Station 16 Plaza
  • Rescue Squad 17 Station 17 Sandbridge

The following Rescue Squads have their own Fire Station Rescue Squad 8 Virginia Beach Rescue Rescue Squad 14 Virginia Beach Rescue Rescue Squad 1 Ocean Park(housed in the old Fire Station 1 on Shore Dr.)

Each Rescue Squad staffs Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances. The ambulances typically have a 2 person crew. The two crew members will be trained to a minimum of EMT-B. If a call requires ALS (advanced life support) skills, a zone car will be sent to respond. Fire crews will also be sent to a call for time and distance, as well as to assist when ALS is needed in a case a zone care is unavailable. In addition they're are heavy squad trucks in addition to boats, jet skis, and ATV's. Heavy squad trucks are sent typically to accident scenes where someone is trapped. The members of these squad trucks have additional training with technical rescue. In addition to the squad trucks, other technical rescue teams include marine/water rescue and search and rescue teams. EMS supervisors are also dispatched and placed in charge of incident command at accident scenes, as well as some of the more sever calls such as shootings, stabbings, and cardiac arrests.

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