Paid firefighters to remain on Knotts Island; commissioners to consider fire service tax district to pay for it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CURRITUCK, N.C. — Currituck County will keep paid firefighters on Knotts Island following a contract dispute that led the volunteer department in the isolated community to stop responding to calls this month — and the change may lead to… Continue Reading


Letter: In support of staffing a Virginia Beach fire engine at Fort Story to reduce response times

Dear Editor: The Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters would like to go on the record in support of the staffing of a Virginia Beach Fire Department fire engine on base at Fort Story. We believe the proposed staffing will help to… Continue Reading


Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading


Smoke detectors helped people, pets escape house fire on Knotts Island

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Several people were displaced this morning after a house fire on the 100 block of Wade Avenue in Knotts Island, N.C., but a fire department spokesperson from Virginia Beach credited working smoke detectors with helping four adults,… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach, Chesapeake firefighters face off in special Harbor Park contest for charity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Firefighters from Virginia Beach and Chesapeake took the field at Harbor Park on Saturday, Aug. 27, for the first Battle of the Bravest, a charity contest that helped raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The… Continue Reading


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


Letter: A father’s thanks for those who saved his daughter in Sandbridge

Dear Editor: What could have been a tragic family Memorial Day weekend instead brought families, volunteer firefighters and beach patrol members together in saving a fortunate young adult. Gracie, my youngest daughter, was swimming with her cousin Daniel in the… Continue Reading


Beach agencies unite to save man from mud under challenging circumstances

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Rescue officials helped Terry Huss, 63, of Holland Pines ashore at the Dozier Bridge ramp near the 2500 block of Princess Anne Road on Saturday, March 26, after the man spend hours trapped after chasing… Continue Reading


For firefighters, a long tradition of family dinners

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE CREEDS — The herbs were in place, and the bird was almost ready, but Master Firefighter Joe Grandison, 63, wanted to secure a few limbs before dinner went in the oven. There were three men cooking together in… Continue Reading