About Chase Sargent
Chase Sargent retired in 2005 as a division chief and paramedic with the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue Department after more than 26 years of service. During his tenure, he served in a variety of operational and administrative capacities including company officer, training captain, operational battalion chief, commanding officer of the Special Operations Division, Homeland Security coordinator, public information officer and city- wide tour commander for B shift. Chase is an Executive Fire Officer program graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in forestry and wildlife and a master’s degree in public administration. He also served as a flight medic, neo-natal pediatric paramedic and paramedic instructor. Chase helped found and develop the Tidewater Regional Technical Rescue Team and FEMA US&R Task Force - VATF-2, where he served as a task force leader and as a member of the FEMA White IST. During his assignments, he deployed to dozens of natural disasters, the Atlanta and Salt Lake Olympics and the G-8. Chase served as the night operation branch chief at the Oklahoma City Murrah building attack at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks as well as the G-8, Olympics and multiple natural disasters.
In 1995, Chase was recruited by the Norfolk FBI to develop and fill the position of chief tactical medic for the FBI SWAT - Norfolk Division. Since that time, Chase has served as chief tactical medic in both training and deployment and has been involved in a wide range of tactical missions, executive protection, national security events and counter-terrorism operations. He returned to the team after a six-year hiatus in 2014 as the assistant medical director, physician assistant.
Over the course of his career, Chase has published 60 plus articles in professional journals, provided expert witness services to cases such as the World Trade Center health issues and wrongful death litigation, and published two books with PennWell Publishing: best-selling Buddy to Boss Effective Fire Service Leadership 2nd Edition and Confined Space Entry and Rescue Operations. Chase was an adjunct instructor with Blackwater Worldwide for seven years in the WPPS, Firearms and Tactics Riverine and the Special Projects Office. He was assigned to the training cadre standing up and training Riverine Squadrons I and II for deployment to Iraq. After retiring, Chase was recruited and went to work for the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Diplomatic Security Services as a special operations medic and instructor in the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program, where he spent two and a half years as part of a 10-man explosive incident counter measures team in South and Central Asia, Africa, Philippines, Afghanistan and other locations. After that tenure, he went to work for another government agency and from 2008 – 2010, served in Iraq on a high threat protective detail based out of Baghdad and Al Diwaniyah province for three years.
Chase continues to provide personal protective services as well as medical support in the United States as an independent contract working for a national security firm. Chase returned in November 2010 and attended Eastern Virginia Medical School where he received his Master of Physician Assistant and was then accepted and completed a one-year emergency medicine fellowship. Chase now works full time as an emergency medical physician assistant for emergency physicians of Tidewater, serving eight major emergency rooms and two trauma centers.