Nov. 20, 2022
The Virginia Beach Fire Department held its annual award ceremony on Oct. 26 at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach. Members and residents were recognized for their outstanding service to the community and city, including the Stihl sponsored Firefighter of The Year Award presented to Vincent Smith III.
“This is a great honor,” said Smith. “I am just happy to have the best job around working for one of the best departments.”
For several years, Smith has overseen meter maintenance and led servicing of all hazmat meters on rescues, ladders and boats for the department. He spearheaded an effort to obtain new meters for all ladders and rescue companies. Additionally, Smith has worked with two battalion chiefs and two captains to help create the Swiftwater Rescue Team.
“Stihl has sponsored the Virginia Beach Fire Department Firefighter of the Year Award for more than five years,” said Chris Keffer, Stihl vice president, sales and marketing. “Our company is committed to providing world-class professional products that meet the needs of firefighters worldwide. From research and development to design and production, our employees are dedicated to ensuring that you have the right equipment you need for your work.”
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