Seeking Volunteers for 2019 Virginia EMS Symposium


We are seeking volunteers to support the 2019 Virginia EMS Symposium that will be held in Norfolk on November 6 - 10, 2019.

The symposium has been held in Norfolk for the last 20 years. The support provided by Norfolk Fire-Rescue and their Regional Partners has helped make it one of the premier EMS training conferences on the east coast.

We are asking you to consider volunteering to help with registration, logistics and transportation. For those who volunteer for 3 or more shifts we can provide a complimentary base symposium registration. For those unable to give 3 shifts of availability,  any time would be greatly appreciated. (There are approximately 25 volunteer slots available).

If interested in assisting please complete the following online volunteer form with your availability by the COB on Friday, September 20.

  • For those who sign-up for three (3) volunteer shift. Instruction will be sent on how to complete your complimentary symposium registration.

Visit VOEMS website for more information about the 2019 Virginia EMS Symposium.

For questions on volunteering at the symposium feel free to contact Jeff Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (757) 372-0745.


Greg DeYoung
Fire Captain / Paramedic
Norfolk Fire-Rescue
Acting Chief Medical Officer
(757) 441-1097 (Office)
(757) 376-2152 (Mobile)

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Safety Alert Regarding Nasal Pharyngeal Airway

We have been made aware of several instances in which the NPA pictured below has dislocated subsequent to placement, creating airway complications.  We are reviewing with our hospital partners to see if this item is stocked in the region.  Please examine your agency supplies and make sure your providers are aware of the problem and are alert for displacement of any NPA.


  Click here to download SBAR from Sentara

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Note from Bon Secours Regarding Access Changes at Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital

Rappahannock General Hospital is committed to improving the comfort and safety of our visitors, patients, and EMS partners.

In the near future, you will notice changes to the Emergency Department Receptionist/Registration/PBX area just inside the ambulance entrance.  RGH will begin implementing these enhancements to improve workflow, reduce safety/security concerns, and stabilize the temperature/humidity within the emergency department.

First, RGH added a Exit push button for the inside of the ambulance entrance door.  This door was opening automatically image005and created security, safety, and environmental concerns.  The automatic door allowed the outside environment to impact the ED temperature/humidity and pedestrians could walk in or exit this area creating a safety/security concern for the facility.  The new exit button was placed to the left side and must be pushed to exit the door.  We have noticed an improvement to the ED temperature/humidity and decreased pedestrian traffic since the installation. 

Second, the registration/receptionist/PBX area will require minor construction to improve workflow for the emergency department.  When the construction begins RGH will move the EMS supplies, desk, and work area items into the room across from Linda‚Äôs office.  The room will be marked EMS Room and become the permanent home for EMS.  It has adequate space for completing reports, storing supplies, snacks, and potentially allow the installation of a small refrigerator for drinks.

Please share these changes with your crews and as more changes occur we will keep you informed.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to improve our service delivery to everyone that visits our facility.    

Gary W. Samuels MHR, NRP
EMS Outreach Coordinator

Bon Secours Health Systems
Rappahannock General and Mary Immaculate Hospitals
101 Harris Road Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482
Office - (804) 435-8333  Cell - (804) 572-5664
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2019 EMS Provider Mental Health Survey


The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services invites you to participate in the 2019 EMS Provider Mental Health Survey. The goal of the survey is to assess the mental health of Virginia's EMS providers and the mental health services and attitudes among the various agencies. Our vision is that the results of the survey will go toward improving the health and resiliency of EMS providers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

At your earliest convenience, click here to take the anonymous survey.

Please complete the survey as honestly and genuinely as you can. The survey is completely voluntary and 100% anonymous. In no way can your answers be traced back to you or your agency. The survey should take approximately 5 to 15 minutes to complete.

We genuinely appreciate your time. Know that your participation is going toward improving the lives, health, and resiliency of EMS providers of Virginia. Thank you for everything you do to help the Commonwealth of Virginia and its citizens. 


The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
Virginia Department of Health
1041 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059-4500 


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2017 Protocols CoverThe 2019 Patient Care Protocols, Policies & Procedures are now live. 

The PEMS Protocol App should update automatically the next time you open it while connected to the internet. 

For electronic versions of the protocols, click on the Protocol Page of the PEMS website here!

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