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State cites Virginia Beach for ‘serious violations’ in fire department training burn of house near Pungo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — State occupational safety and health officials cited Virginia Beach this month for serious violations related to a training event in which firefighters burned a home near Pungo in April so they could train outside it… Continue Reading

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Procedures were not followed in ‘live burn’ training, but city says there was not exposure to asbestos

Ed. — This is a developing story, and it will be updated online and in the upcoming print edition of The Independent News. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Fire Department in April sent firefighters to a house that… Continue Reading

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Lift assists: Virginia Beach seeks fix for nonemergency calls that can tie up fire department resources

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – City Manager Dave Hansen said the fire department is reviewing the issue of lift-assists, nonemergency calls that often lead to Virginia Beach firefighters helping elderly or immobile people move within their own homes. A recent… Continue Reading