Our Dedicated MembersWe simply couldn't do what we do without the generous commitment of our dedicated members.
To serve almost half a million residents of Virginia Beach and almost three million visitors with professional-quality, pre-hospital emergency care for free, we need the complete dedication and hard work of all our members.
VBVRS operational members, from EMT to paramedic, commit to the same training and certifications as professionals. They agree to serve 48 hours a month, usually broken up in four 12-hour duties.
VBVRS support members commit to serving 12 hours a month in different capacities, including office, facility, fund drive, and special event work.
While you’re at it, check out our Life Members, Past Commanders and Honorary Members.
If you’re at least 18 years old and interested in joining us, the proud men and women of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, click here.
Matt Chiaradia, Chief
Matt Vest, Operations Captain
Tori Dupert, Administration Captain
Susan Bauman, Secretary
Bob Samuel, Treasurer
Leslie Smith, Member at Large
Valerie Vagts, Member at Large
Rich Maguire, Member at Large
Tom Harp, Advisory Chair
Pete Seidler, Parliamentarian
Bill Graves, Safety Officer
Matt Chiaradia & Matt Vest, Rescue Council Representatives
Travis Smith, Director of Information Technology
Amy Saunders, Uniform & Records Coordinator
Valerie Vagts, Recruitment & Retention Officer
Emily Widgeon, Community CPR Coordinator
Mary-Ellen McLean, Newsletter Editor
Ellen McBride, Marketing Coordinator
Dave Mathews, Facilities Lt./Socials
Ray Ford Sr., Facilities Coordinator
Suzanne Sofield, Event Coordinator
Jim Obal, Honor Guard
Ronnie Yancey, Chaplain
Emily Mills, Support Member Coordinator
Desmond Williams, Deputy of Operations
Judy Haynes, Equipment Lt.
Adam Harris, Training Lt.
Rich Maguire, Supply Lt.
Vacant, Vehicle Check-off
Walt Yancey, Maintenance Lt.
Logan Williams, Special Events Lt.
Melinda Griggs, Scheduling Lt.
VACANT, Grants Coordinator
Stephanie McKinney, Fund Drive Coordinator
Doris Foster, Longevity/Historian/Awards Coordinator
Tom Harp, Chairman
John Richardson, Legal Advisor
Cliff Cutchins, Member-at-Large
Rick Schoew, Vice Chairman
Christopher Jacobs, Member-at-Large
Lannie “Bunny” Woolford
Dr. N. Turner Gray
Dr. Warren Pechan
Current Support Members and Volunteers
Ray Ford, Sr.
Gary Hoffman, Past Chief
Blair Whitley Ray
Travis Smith, Past Chief
Diane Van Campen
Current Operational Members
John Doub, Past Chief
Rick Flack, Past Chief
Jay Leach IV, Past Captain
Ellen McBride, Past Chief
Daniel Van Orman
Roy White, Jr., Past Chief
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