The Virginia Beach Department of EMS recently announced the promotion of VA Beach-EMS Captain Rick Baker to the position of VA Beach-EMS Brigade Chief.
Rick began his EMS career in 1996 when he joined the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, more commonly known in the local public safety arena as “Rescue Station 9.” He received his EMT training through the VA Beach Department of EMS, where he quickly developed a passion to help the sick and injured.
Rick took advantage of the free training offered the volunteers by VA Beach EMS and soon advanced his field skills from the EMT-Basic certification level to Shock Trauma and followed to the level of a Nationally Registered Paramedic.
During his 12 years as a volunteer with the Kempsville squad he took on additional operational responsibilities including; Assistant Squad Commander, and Squad Commander, along with administrative duties on the squads Board of Directors, as well as Vice President and Maintenance Lieutenant. In 2006, Rick was awarded life membership with the Kempsville volunteer squad.
In 2008, Rick transitioned from being a volunteer paramedic to a full time position as a career paramedic with Virginia Beach EMS. This was followed in 2013 with a promotion to Captain with VA Beach EMS.
Rick has never forgotten his ties to the volunteer side of the house and is an awesome advocate for the many volunteers serving the City of Virginia Beach.
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