The Virginia Beach (VA) City Council is renaming the city’s EMS Headquarters and Training Center in honor of late Chief Emeritus Bruce Edwards, the longest serving member in the history of the organization.
Edwards passed away on August 22.
Edwards joined the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1967. He became the executive director of the Emergency Coronary Care Program in 1973, leading an effort to deploy the first volunteer ALS providers in Virginia, according to Virginia Beach EMS.
In 1975, he became the leader of Virginia Beach EMS at the head of the newly created Office of EMS. He continued to build EMS and its volunteer rescue squads to departmental status.
He was actively involved in regional and state EMS activities, taking the lead in creating many of medical control and regulatory systems. He severed multiple tours on the EMS Governor’s Advisory Board and served as the chairman of the Virginia Board of Health.
Edwards was promoted to chief emeritus in 2016, where he remained active as an advisor and mentor over the last four years.