CSEMS 2020 Regional EMS Award Winners – Presented LIVE on Facebook

Congratulations to all of CSEMS 2020 Regional EMS Award Winners – Presented LIVE on Facebook! As most plans and events in 2020 have required some creative adaptation due to COVID-19, this year’s award presentations were much different than ones in the past. Throughout the week of Monday, August 10, 2020 – Wednesday, August 12, 2020 our […]

HIPAA Misconceptions Create Patient Care Barrier for EMS at Hospitals – Importance of Bidirectional Communication

EMS providers commonly report information barriers at hospitals and other healthcare providers refusing to provide patient information due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) concerns. Healthcare and emergency service providers are at a clear disadvantage without access to this information and HIPAA is making efforts to promote bidirectional data exchange between EMS and […]

City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center Adds Text-2-911 Feature

The City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center has added the capability of receiving 911 Emergency Calls by Text. The City of Waynesboro Emergency Communications Center has added the capability of receiving 911 Emergency Calls by Text. Commonly referred to as Text-2-911, this technology allows anyone with a text capable cell phone to text 911 to […]

New Protocols Released for Preview – Implementation scheduled for Fall 2020

We are proud to introduce the brand new CSEMS Regional Protocols for preview. This preview period is an opportunity for providers to become familiar with the protocols before they are implemented this fall. Educational support will be provided before implementation, and is being developed over the next few months. This document is not just a […]

Virginia Office of EMS Welcomes Brandon Havens, as the Central Shenandoah EMS Technical Resource Specialist

You may have seen a new name and face pop up in your virtual meetings as he has wasted no time diving into regional projects. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our newest Virginia Office of EMS staff member at the CSEMS office, Brandon Havens, effective June 10. Brandon is the […]

CDC & FEMA COVID-19 Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

CDC Launches New Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19 Website Preparing for natural disasters, especially during hurricane season can be stressful. During a pandemic, such as COVID-19 it can be more so. CDC has launched a new website, Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19, that provides information on how to be prepared before a natural […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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, […]