The Oceana Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD), Inc. Incorporated in 1948, is the only remaining active volunteer fire organization within the City of Virginia Beach, and serves under the umbrella of the Virginia Beach Fire Department (VBFD). Our members provide a variety of services to the VBFD, and ultimately the citizens of Virginia Beach. Volunteer Support Technicians, Firefighters, Training Instructors, and Administrative Personnel allow us to cover a wide range of interests and accommodate personnel with a wide variety of job skills and flexible schedules.

Volunteer Support Technicians and Firefighters augment the career staff and provide assistance with on-scene firefighting, air, light and equipment support. The volunteers' support truck is the primary VBFD Rehabilitation (REHAB) unit, providing on-scene refreshment and REHAB services to emergency personnel. They work a wide range of emergency scene incidents varying from automobile accidents to large structural fires. In conjunction with their VBFD career counterparts, certified training instructors provide us with a quality training program second to none. OVFD has an array of qualified administrative personnel who carry out the required monitoring and documentation of personnel actions and department business affairs.

OVFD is a co-sponsor of VBFD Explorer Post 343 (343 being the number of FDNY personnel who lost their lives during the 911 disaster). This is a group of young men and women, ages 15-21, who are exploring a career in firefighting or emergency service. They are always accepting new members! Contact Chief Wayne Richardson if you are interested in joining this group of dedicated young people.

We hope you find this web site informative and helpful in understanding the roles of volunteer fire service personnel here in the City of Virginia Beach.

W. F. Richardson
Fire Chief, OVFD