OEMS Policy Change – Agency Guidance: Required Fingerprint Based Background Checks

May 27, 2020 TO: Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agenciesRegional EMS Councils FROM: Ronald D. Passmore, NRPManager – Regulation & Compliance Division SUBJECT: Guidance Document for OEMS required FBI fingerprint based background checks Guidance Document forOEMS Required FBI Fingerprint Based Background Checks – Download PDF Here The purpose of this document is to provide guidance […]

NHTSA OEMS & USFA Best Practices – EMS & Fire Response to Civil Unrest

NHTSA Office of EMS and U.S. Fire Administration share resources and best practices to help local EMS and fire departments safely respond to civil unrest incidents in their communities. Prepare your personnel and your local community for emergency response in a challenging environment. You can view these best practices online or download them as a pdf document […]

AHA Updated Interim Guidance on Card Extensions During COVID-19: May 20, 2020

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NASEMSO Recruiting EMS Agencies to Participate in EMS Fatigue Study

EMS agencies are encouraged to participate in a national study regarding EMS fatigue. This important and collaborative initiative is being coordinated by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the University of Pittsburgh. This federally-funded study will determine the impact of a Sleep Health and Fatigue Education Program designed specially for EMS clinician […]

T-Mobile – Connecting Heroes: FREE Unlimited Service for First Responder Agencies

Keeping our First Responder Agencies Connected T-Mobile is providing first responder agencies with the FREE nationwide 5G access they need, helping these frontline heroes at the most critical times. T-Mobile is Pledging $7.7B Over the Next 10 Years We know first responder agencies face tough budget decisions, but they shouldn’t have to decide between critical […]

CSEMS AHA Training Facility Prepares to Resume AHA CPR Classes, June 2, 2020

Our goal, as state COVID-19 restrictions are slowly relaxed, is to continue providing courses so that our customers may receive the certifications they need. Providing a safe environment is always a priority, we are committed to reducing the the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19. In order to resume classes in light of COVID-19, we […]

Check Your Symptoms, Find a Test, Get Answers – COVIDCHECK

If you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the sooner you act the better. Start with these resources to help protect yourself, your family, and your friends as we all work to stop the spread. Post expires at 9:00am on Wednesday July 1st, 2020

Governor Northam Announces Executive Order 63 – Wear Face Covering While Inside Buildings – May 26, 2020

Full Release Here Importance of the IssueThe Commonwealth of Virginia continues to respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. Measures undertaken over the last ten weeks have slowed the spread of the virus; however, its transmission continues to threaten our communities. We must remain vigilant. In fact, as we reopen Virginia, it is critical that […]

VDH OEMS Urge You to Still Seek Help in an Emergency During COVID-19

While all of us are being asked to stay home to protect ourselves during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know that if you have a time-sensitive medical emergency you need to get help immediately. That means going to the Emergency Room (ER) right away. So what is a time-sensitive emergency? A heart attack, […]

COVID-19: Understand and Identify Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress

Responding to disasters can be both rewarding and stressful. Knowing that you have stress and coping with it as you respond will help you stay well, and this will allow you to keep helping those who are affected. Sources of stress for emergency responders may include witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, […]