Congratulations Chris West on your promotion to career Captain.
For Chris West, volunteering as a firefighter and EMT was a family affair that started with his mothers service at the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Chris started volunteering in 1992, joining the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire-Rescue Squad. It wasn’t long before Chris secured his Emergency Medical Technician certification, followed soon by his Shock Trauma credentials.
Christ quickly rose through the station ranks, reaching the top as, Captain of Fire-Rescue Station 15 [Knotts Island is physically located in North Carolina but at the time was dispatched throughs the Virginia Beach 911 system.] Chris took advantage of the many volunteer opportunities offered by the Virginia Beach Department of EMS and became part of the department’s Special Operations Bike Team, where he held the rank of Lieutenant and was instrumental in reorganizing the team.
In 1999, Chris’s pre-hospital EMS education and experience as a Shock Trauma Tech gave him a solid background to begin working as an Emergency Room Tech at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
In 2000, Chris transferred to the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad, more commonly known in the VA Beach EMS community as Rescue Station 1.
While volunteering at Rescue Station 1, he again took advantage of the free training offered by VA Beach EMS and advanced his EMS certification to the Intermediate level. Chris was soon elected to the position of Captain Rescue Station 1.
Within a few years, Chris became a career paramedic with Virginia Beach EMS, with the first group hired. Chris also served as a VA Beach EMS Flight Paramedic, a EMS Field Supervisor and rose to the level of Senior Medic in 2012
Congratulations Captain Chris West.
Thanks to VA Beach EMS for photo and background information.
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