About the Council

Administrative Office & Training Center

Central Shenandoah EMS Council
2312 West Beverley Street
Staunton, VA 24401


Office Phone: 540-886-3676
Fax: 540-886-3735

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

CSEMS Region MapWho are we and what do we do?

Central Shenandoah EMS Council (CSEMS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation which provides regional EMS planning and technical support services and American Heart Association First Aid, CPR and AED training to its five cities and five counties, eleven towns and many public agencies within it boundary. Localities served by the Council include: the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham.  The region mirrors the boundaries of Virginia’s Sixth Planning District which covers a geographic area of 3,439 square miles with a population of over 290,000.  This makes the region the Commonwealth’s largest planning district, geographically speaking, and fifth largest in terms of population. The member EMS agencies include non-profit, government and commercial services with a mixture of both paid and volunteer staff.

Council funding is largely based upon a contract with the Virginia Department of Health’s Virginia Office of EMS for those services provided to the region that fall within their statewide plan and role. Other funding comes from the Council’s American Heart Association Community Training Center which provides First Aid, CPR and AED training to the local community as well as oversight of a large AHA CPR Instructor based which stretches from the Northern Shenandoah Valley to Roanoke and Danville in the south and over the mountain into Albemarle, Charlottesville, Green and Madison counties. In 2018, the Council entered an agreement with the Virginia Office of EMS to become the Commonwealth’s first Regional Office of EMS, in which operations and oversight will be directly provided by Virginia Office of EMS Staff, with collaboration and regional planning by the CSEMS Board of Directors and regional committees.

Established in 1979, the Council continues to facilitate regional planning and implementation of the regional EMS system in the Central Shenandoah Valley.

Central Shenandoah EMS Council Mission Statement

To provide regional planning and support services that will help reduce death and disability resulting from sudden or serious injury and illness in the communities we serve through planning and development of a comprehensive, coordinated regional EMS system and the provision of high-quality educational resources to enable the EMS community to provide the highest quality emergency medical care possible to those in need.

CSEMS Board of Directors:




Matt Lawler

Board Member

Augusta County

Jeff Grimm

Board Member

Bath County

Ronnie Slough

Board Member

Buena Vista City

Travis Karicofe

Board Member

Harrisonburg City


Board Member

Highland County

Ty Dickerson

Board Member

Lexington City

Nathan Ramsey

Board Member

Rockbridge County

Jeremy Holloway

Board Member

Rockingham County

Scott Garber

Board Member

Staunton City

Gary Critzer


Waynesboro City

Donna Hurst


VHHA Northwest Region

Logan Parker

Board Member

EMS Provider (CSEMS)

Gregory Cassis

Board Member

EMS Provider (CSEMS)


Board Member

Immediate Past President


Board Member

Consumer Representative

Asher Brand

Board Member

CSEMS Medical Director

Staff Contact Information:

Daniel Linkins

CSEMS Regional Director, Virginia Office of EMS


CSEMS Technical Resource Specialist, Virginia Office of EMS

Amanda Loreti

CSEMS Performance Improvement Specialist, Virginia Office of EMS

Becky Anhold

Education Coordinator, Virginia Office of EMS

Laurie Cook

Accounting Manager & AHA Training Center Coordinator, CSEMS

Vicky Anderson

Administrative Assistant & AHA Instructor, Virginia Office of EMS

James Larrick

Technical Resource Assistant, Virginia Office of EMS

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets each quarter. Meetings are held at the Central Shenandoah EMS Council Training Center located at 2312 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Additional Corporate Information

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (FIN): 54-1906904
  • Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., (DUNS) Number: 0711-48345
  • Guidestar: Search EIN (54-1906904), or “Central Shenandoah Emergency Medical Services”

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