Training center renamed after retired Virginia Beach fire chief

  • Source: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
  • Published: 06/07/2018 09:59 AM

In 1975, the Virginia Beach Fire Department had more volunteers than career firefighters and providing uniform training was a challenge. Fire department officials say that's when then-Chief Harry Diezel took action, going before Virginia Beach City Council and secured funding to build a training center. Officials say Deizel is largely responsible for the shift in the department going from a mostly volunteer organization into the All-Hazards Response agency that it is today. Because of his efforts, Diezel was honored at a renaming ceremony Wednesday at what used to be the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center.


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