In September 1974, Virginia Beach City Council approved $16,000 to build a temporary fire station at the intersection of Sandbridge and Sandpiper Roads. It was the culmination of an effort by a small group of Sandbridge residents to start a volunteer department in the growing beach community. A month later Sandbridge Fire and Rescue Brigade was incorporated with 15 fire and first aid trained charter members, including 5 women, a first for Virginia Beach.
Two years later, three paid firefighters began staffing the station during the day, while volunteers continued to provide emergency medical services and respond to fire calls overnight. Shortly thereafter, Sandbridge residents came together to fund a modest expansion of Sandbridge Station to provide bunkrooms for fire crews allowing for the 24/7 coverage by career firefighters that continues to this day.
During this time Sandbridge Rescue members operated off of pagers, responding from home to the station to pick up an ambulance. This continued until October 25, 2003 when the new and current Sandbridge Station 17 was dedicated and placed into service with facilities for both fire and rescue.
Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad responds to over 1000 emergency medical calls per year in Sandbridge and the surrounding Virginia Beach area for both basic and advanced life support. It is our goal to be staffed 24/7 365 days a year to provide timely, quality emergency medical care to our community. This pursuit would not be possible without the selfless dedication of our volunteer members and generous supporters.