Congratulations to Joey Hundley on his appointment as Virginia Beach EMS Deputy Chief of Operations.
In the mid 90’s, Joey’s active duty service with the United States Navy “submarine fleet” brought him to the Hampton Roads area. While stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, Joey wanted to give back to the community that so greatly supported military service members and their families stationed in the Hampton Roads area.
Joey heard that the City of Virginia Beach had the largest volunteer based EMS system in the nation and was seeking new volunteers. In 1996 Joey started his volunteer service with the Plaza Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad, starting as an EMT and soon entered into providing advanced life support care as a paramedic.
His active duty with the United States Navy often resulted in long deployments but Joey maintained his commitment to the Plaza community and his volunteer family. He served in a number of positions while volunteering at the Plaza station including, Station 16 Squad Commander [Captain], Special Operations Captain with Virginia Beach EMS where he was responsible for squad truck operations and Volunteer EMS Brigade Chief with Virginia Beach EMS. He continued volunteering with the Plaza Squad until 2007 when his military assignment took him far away from Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads.
After leaving Virginia Beach, his new duty station locations often provide opportunities to stay involved in the public safety arena including volunteering in Emergency Medical Pre-Hospital care and fire suppression.
After 26 years of military service, including tours as submarine Chief of the Boat [COB] and Command Master Chief, Joey retired. Up0n transitioning out of the Navy, Joey’s volunteer experience and passion for EMS opened up new doors of opportunity in the field of EMS education, including Director of Operations of American Ambulance Service, Inc. In his new role, Joey was actively involved with managing an operation that responded to 30,000 emergency calls for help across 19 localities. He served on a number of strategic committees and was honored with the Paul Winfield Smith EMS Educator Award.
Deputy Chief Hundley holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services Management from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University.
Chief Hundley officially started his new position with Virginia Beach EMS on January 31st, 2019.
Did you know that EMT and Paramedic training is free when you join Virginia Beach EMS? A new EMT course starts every other month and is offered as a combination of online instructions and evening workshops.
To learn more or to start your online application go to Join VB EMS and click on the join us link.
You can also schedule an observer ride on an ambulance and watch the EMTs and Medics in action. To schedule a ride along go to the Contact Us Page and send us your request.