The Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and the Virginia Beach Fire Department held dedication ceremonies recently for a joint-use fire station on the base. Captain Joey Frantzen, base commander, along with Virginia Beach Fire Chief David Hutcheson, were the primary speakers. Virginia Beach Mayor Louis Jones also attended, along with other honored guests.
“This is a first for the Navy and the city,” said city publicist, Barbara Morrison. “More than 400-years after the first English settlers arrived in America, history is once again being made near the (nation’s) ‘first landing’ site, which occurred in 1607. Despite the historical significance of this joint federal and municipal fire station, both parties agree the added protection it affords both the military, and civilian populations, in this area of Virginia Beach are even more important.”
Sun file photo of firefighter.
Morrison said the new station will provide several public safety benefits for the community, including, reduced response times for North End residences, improved mutual-aid capacity to support JEB Little Creek-Fort Story and an improved survivability profile for citizens with life-threatening medical emergencies, water emergencies or who are trapped by fire.