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VIRGINIA BEACH – The city’s Department of Emergency Medical Services now has one more deputy chief.
City Manager Dave Hansen restructured the division last month to allow for two deputy chiefs instead of just one. He announced in a recent update to the City Council that EMS division chiefs Thomas Green and Jason Stroud will fill the assignments. Both will take a 10 percent pay increase, to $105,698 annually.
The department’s most recent deputy chief retired in April. Hansen’s change made way for two deputy chiefs without adding a position in EMS, according to the city.
The new structure aligns EMS to be similar to the fire and police departments, which have two and three deputies, respectively, city spokesman Marc Davis said by email. The two EMS deputy chiefs will split responsibilities for operations role and administrations and support. EMS Chief Ed Brazle said the new structure will address the increasing demands for services and the complexity of pre-hospital medical care, according to Davis.
According to bios provided in Hansen’s update to the Council:
Stroud joined the EMS Department as a member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1998. He has worked as a firefighter and paramedic for Portsmouth and as the deputy director of public safety for Campbell County. He became a division chief in 2013 and has since been tasked with oversight of the Regulation & Enforcement and Training Divisions.
Green joined the EMS Department as a member of the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1991. He worked as a medic, firefighter and lieutenant for Chesapeake. Virginia Beach EMS hired Green in 2007 as one of its first career captains. Green became division chief of the Regulation & Enforcement Division in 2008, a role in which he implemented the electronic medical records system and established the Sandbridge Lifeguard Service. He later assumed command of the Operations Division.