The Governor’s Fire Services Awards for 2016 will be presented to recipients in eight categories during the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference opening ceremonies on Saturday, February 26.

The event will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center starting at 8:30 a.m.  The Governor’s Fire Services Awards for Excellence in Virginia Fire Services is presented to The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department.

On February 24, 2016, An EF-3 Tornado affected over 28 miles within Essex County. Dozens of homes were damaged with 26 individuals sustaining injuries from minor to life threatening.  The Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Department (TEVFD) proactively using Incident Management Teams in an effort to organize a coordinated response alongside local and state agencies. Through their collaborative efforts, the Department completed Search and Rescue, Property Stabilization and Damage Assessment with the highest level of professionalism.