Virginia Beach announces first-time event to recognize EMS volunteers

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – An event will take place in May to honor EMS volunteers in Virginia Beach, Mayor Will Sessoms announced Tuesday.

“Rock the Squads” will be a first-time event to recognize the efforts of more than 1,000 individuals that make up the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach.

The event is on Sunday, May 7, at Mount Trashmore.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity thank our EMS volunteers in this way,” says City of Virginia Beach EMS Department Chief Ed Brazle. “Many people don’t realize that our system is volunteer-based, that these individuals undergo professional training, and that many dedicate at least 48 hours a month to duty shifts, simply for the sake of helping their neighbors. It is a selfless act, and this public recognition is long overdue.”

EMS volunteers and their families will be invited from 12-1:30 p.m. for a free catered lunch and group photo.

Afterwards, the public can come out from 2:00-5:00 p.m. to enjoy live music, food trucks, emergency vehicle demonstrations and an appearance by Sentara’s Nightingale.

Virginia Beach depends on volunteers to provide emergency medical services and transport more than any other large city in the United States. Their services save taxpayers upwards of $24 million every year.

For more information, visit the Rock the Squads website.