...our 100% all-volunteer, non-profit organization responds to emergencies throughout the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia. We’re made of teachers, community members, small business owners, military members, parents, nurses, mechanics, shipyard workers and more who since 1942 have come together to provide high-quality, no-cost prehospital healthcare to the community.
We’re one of 10 independent, all-volunteer rescue squads that serve the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia under the umbrella of Virginia Beach Department of EMS and VB Rescue.
Every year, collectively our volunteers:
Our “first due” service area is the the northwest corner of the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia from the Ocean Park border to the Norfolk city line along the Shore Drive corridor. Our district includes the Chesapeake Beach, Bayside, Thoroughgood, Lake Smith, Lake Shore, Fentress, off-base Joint-Base Little Creek military housing neighborhoods as well as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and surrounding local area.
Our organization is composed totally of volunteers. Based on staffing considerations, our crews may be supplemented by career Paramedics from the City of Virginia Beach Department of EMS or by volunteer providers from one of our sister volunteer rescue squads. Our members may be temporarily reassigned to other rescue squads throughout the city as well based on staffing considerations, ensuring the best ambulance and emergency services deployability model to our community.
“Dedicated to the community we serve.“
In 2022, our approx. 50 members provided 4,106 Basic & Advanced Life Support ambulance responses through nearly 40,000 hours of collective community service. Our crews responded to calls ranging from sick persons, structure fires, traumatic injuries, vehicle collisions, technical rescues, cardiac arrests, overdoses, public and law enforcement assists and everything between, providing transport to 2,639 patients.
Our organization is directed by written bylaws. We’re composed of an Executive Board who oversees the organization, Officers responsible for day-to-day operations, and voting membership. Operational members respond to calls as Virginia state certified Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, while administrative members make sure the support system is in place to do so. Monthly business meetings held at our station are open to the public.
Community is a huge deal to our Squad - it’s on the sides of our ambulances, on our uniforms and why we serve. Our membership is very actively involved with the Chesapeake Beach and Shore Drive communities. We do our best to frequent small businesses both on and off duty, engage with local community organizations, attend neighborhood gatherings, and more. Many of our members are your neighbors, and live within the ”first due” area.
Volunteers staffing ambulances save the City of Virginia Beach approx. $24 million every year, allowing those savings to be put into other public needs. During large scale emergencies or extremely busy and high call volume periods, we’re able to more quickly increase the number of ambulances and providers by supplemental staffing of off-duty members who live or work locally.
Our personnel are trained and certified the same as every other EMT, AEMT or Paramedic (paid or volunteer) in the State of Virginia, and are held to strict professional standards. When an ambulance arrives to an emergency in Virginia Beach, rest assured you’re receiving the best care possible.