The Marine Firefighting School trains thousands of firefighters from near and far.


In FY16, the Marine Firefighting School celebrated 25 years of service.

Safety comes first at The Port of Virginia and recognition came in fiscal year 2016 (FY16) for our efforts. Because of the community engagement efforts of our one-of-a-kind Maritime Incident Response Team (MIRT), we were honored by the U.S. Coast Guard with the "Rear Admiral Richard E. Bennis Award for Excellence in Maritime Security." This biannual recognition seeks to increase public awareness and stress the importance of protecting the marine transportation system. MIRT works hand-in-hand with local, state and federal agencies to prepare for and respond to emergency situations in and around port facilities. Among its many responsibilities, the team assists in coordinating regional drills and exercises, co-sponsors the annual Search and Rescue Forum and coordinates the annual Hampton Roads Marine Firefighting Symposium. In FY16, the Marine Firefighting School celebrated 25 years of service to port communities having trained thousands of firefighters from the region, across the country and around the world. This well-rooted safety and awareness program enhances our financial, health & safety and social sustainability.