June 2, 2016
The Tidewater region of Virginia is incredibly diverse and encompasses the cities of Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Each city has its own Fire Department staffed and equipped to meet its individual and unique fire protection challenges.
Fire protection services vary from city to city but the one thing they all have in common is well trained fire and life safety professionals. Municipal and private fire protection specialists cooperate with each other and share resources when the need arises. The Tidewater region also includes one of the world’s largest concentrations of military bases.
Suffolk’s fire and life safety personnel watch over a mix of large, open rural and farming areas and are challenged to meet the needs of a rapidly growing suburban population. Dwellings range from 200 year old plus historic homes to modern suburban family residences. Suffolk also includes a limited but growing number of warehousing, manufacturing and food processing industries.
Portsmouth and Norfolk are primarily urban in nature and both cities have large, sophisticated port operations. Both include densely populated residential areas interspersed with a wide range of industrial and manufacturing concerns. Public buildings, historic structures and shared spaces abound, too. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest Naval Base. Fire and safety services rise to meet the challenges here too.
While Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are mostly suburban in nature, they also include a diverse array of business and industrial interests and many public buildings. Virginia Beach is one of the most popular resort destinations on the East Coast and vacationers seeking fun, sun and Atlantic Ocean beaches pose unique fire and life safety challenges.
Imagine the challenges involved with providing fire protection services in this sprawling and extremely diverse region! Fortunately, larger private industries are typically staffed with their own well trained fire and life safety employees. As one would expect the military has fire protection specialists among its ranks ready to spring into action. The Port of Virginia also boasts its owned specially trained fire and life safety departments.
Residents of the Tidewater region benefit from numerous fire and life safety awareness programs presented by the men and women charged with their protection. Private fire safety companies are an important part of the mix in Tidewater too. They support the area with installation and inspection of sprinkler systems, fire suppression devices and alarm systems and cooperate with Fire Departments on code enforcement.
From the sparkling sands of the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay to its rolling farm fields and bustling ports residents of the Tidewater region quite possibly enjoy one of the nation’s most comprehensive arrays of fire and life safety services!