Fall 2018 RSAF Grant Cycle Submission Extension!

The submission deadline for the Fall RSAF Grant Cycle has been extended to 5:00 PM on 19 September, 2018.

The Financial Assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations.

Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS members.

All RSAF grant applications must be submitted using the new E-Gift application process.

RSAF Links

Pay particular attention to the General Grant Information link.  Scoring criteria for the grading of grants is changed significantly over prior years.

PEMS staff remain available to assist agencies with submitting or reviewing grant applications.  Contact us at 804-693-6234 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember - the submission deadline for this cycle is now 5:00 pm on 19 March, 2018.  No grant applications will be accepted after this date!

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PEMS Medication Box Acquisition

PEMS drug box 2014On 9/4/2018, PEMS issued the last PEMS medication box available from the June 2014 RSAF Grant. 

Agencies in need of a PEMS medication box will follow the procedures outlined in the PEMS Medication Box Plan section VI, Medication Box Acquisition located on the PEMS website.  Designated Emergency Response “911” Agencies (DERA) and Non-DERA will be charged based on the current pricing from the manufacturer. When purchasing 1 or more boxes for use, agencies will be required to purchase 1 additional box to place in the regional pharmacy exchange system to support the 1 for 1 exchange program.

We will no longer be able to provide boxes for training purposes.  You will now need to pay the additional cost for the cost of the purchase of new boxes as well as the training medications. (Posted 09-05-18).

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PEMS Schedule Changes Related to Hurricane Florence

In anticipation of activities related to Hurricane Florence, PEMS is adjusting our meeting schedule this week as follows:

The following meeting this week is cancelled:

  • Protocols, Policies & Procedures Committee

The following meetings are rescheduled for 27 September (at their usual times):

  • Trauma Triage Committee
  • Performance Improvement Committee
  • Medical Advisory Committee
The following meeting is rescheduled for 15 October (at the usual time):
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Team Committee
Please follow the recommendations of your jurisdictions to prepare for this significant storm event.

Be careful and stay safe!

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