New Virginia Office of EMS Website Launched Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

The new OEMS website address is:

This new platform offers a variety of features, most notably including a responsive design, which allows users on a mobile phone/device, tablet or desktop computer to easily access the website. The new website is also search engine-optimized, which means users will be able to find the information they are looking for faster and easier by using the search function at the top of each webpage.

Be sure to bookmark the new website address at:

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Meetings Rescheduled: 9 February, 2017, STEMI Task Force & PPP Committee


Meeting ChangeThe Protocols, Policies & Procedures (PPP) Committee Meeting originally scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on 9 February at PEMS is rescheduled for 1:00 pm at the Stryker Building, 401 Lafeyette Street in Williamsburg, VA on the same date.

The STEMI Task Force Meeting originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on 9 February at PEMS is rescheduled for 9:00 am at PEMS.

Please adjust your calendars accordingly.  Thank you.

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4th PEMS Rural EMS Education Expo - Registration Opens Thursday, 15 December, 2016

Expo dates moved up to 11 & 12 March to Facilitate Provider Recertification!

The Expo will take place from 11 - 12 March, 2017 at the Saluda Campus of Rappahannock Community College.

This year we are offering three tracks over two days.  We are continuing to focus on providing inexpensive, hard-to-get Category 1 continuing education. 

Registration is $35.00 and includes meals, snacks, general registration courses and the opportunity to participate in our Lunch-and-Learn series.

Please note the new active shooter incident courses also.  Limited to 35 students, so sign up early.

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Please click here to download instructions to register for this event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We would like to thank Riverside Health Systems (Platinum Partner), Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital (Silver Partner) and our host Rapphannock Community College.  Without the support of these organizations, this event would not be possible.  This project is also made possible by a grant from the Virginia Office of EMS.

Trainers and Administrators - Please print and post in your common areas.

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Employment Opportunity: PEMS Field Coordinator (Clinical Care)

Accepting applications until close of business on 1 February, 2017.

The Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc. is looking for a dynamic, highly skilled and clinically astute EMS professional who wants to work part-time with the region’s operational medical directors to help define the regional standard of EMS care.

The EMS Field Coordinator - Clinical Care, is a part time Peninsulas EMS Council staff position that oversees a variety of day-to-day clinical issues and functions to include regional medical direction and the development, implementation, and coordination of the Regional Patient Care Protocols, Policies and Procedures.

The person in this position serves as a clinical care resource and liaison to EMS providers, agencies, hospitals, civic and medical organizations, as well as local governments within the Council’s service area. The work requires excellent verbal and written communications skills as well as a passion for patient care and staying current with the science, research, issues, trends and best practices in prehospital emergency medical care.
Minimum Education and Experience

  1. Certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic or Virginia Paramedic with three (3) years of recent advanced life support prehospital experience with a designated emergency response agency or Virginia Registered Nurse with three (3) years of recent emergency department or critical care experience (emergency department, critical care/specialty care unit, or aeromedical program).
  2. Demonstrated competence in the use of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.
  3. Must possess and maintain a valid Virginia driver’s license with a good driving record.

Preferred Requirements:

  1. Associates Degree in health science or related field.
  2. Certification as a Virginia EMS Education Coordinator
  3. Two (2) years EMS or nursing leadership experience.

Please send a resume and letter of interest before the close of business on February 1, 2017 to:

Michael Player
Peninsulas EMS Council
PO Box 1297, 6876 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061-1297
Office: (804) 693-6234 Fax: (804) 693-6277
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For full job description please click here or visit:

Peninsulas Emergency Medical Services Council (PEMS), Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, PEMS will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with employer.

Agency administrators - please print and post in your common areas.

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 PEMS Region 2016 Governor's EMS Award Winners

EMS Regional AwardsThe Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc. is proud to announce that two of our 2016 PEMS Regional EMS Award winners have been recognized by Governor Terry McAuliffe at the 2016 Governor's EMS Award Ceremony in Norfolk on Saturday, 12 November.  

KopczynskiFire Chief Stephen P. Kopczynski of York County Department of Fire and Life Safety was selected for the inaugural 2016 James A. Nogle Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response. 

For more than 25 years, Chief Kopczynski has been involved in EMS and emergency management.  Not content to be the leader of an award-winning fire and EMS agency, Chief Kopczynski also helped develop the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response System and has assisted in its oversight for over a decade.  In addition, he was one of the founders of the Virginia-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has served as one of its directors for over eight years.  He helped organize the Virginia Fire Service Council and is a major supporter of the Virginia Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement.  Chief Kopczynski also spearheaded the Hampton Roads Fire Chiefs Association as well as the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission's Regional Emergency Management Technical Advisory Committee to ensure that the region remains prepared for emergencies and disaster response situations.

As a result of his efforts, York County, the region and the Commonwealth are better trained and equipped, and have more robust, strategically located, integrated and exercised resources to respond to the medical consequences of a natural or man-made disaster.

Congratulations, Chief Kopczynski, for your selection as the 2016 Jim Nogle Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response.  Thank you for all that you do!


WestKatherine West, BSN, MSEd, CIC, owner and course director for Infection Control Emergening Concepts, Inc., was selected for the 2016 Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety.

Ms. West has been involved with infection control in EMS since 1978.  She is a recognized expert throughout the world, having published several texts, served as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute  for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Katherine also currently sits on the faculty of the George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Even while sought out nationally as a speaker and presenter, Katherine takes the time to answer queries from her alumni when they are challenged by the often confused circumstances involving potential exposures and agency policies.  She provides a reassuring voice to agency leaders, managers and medical providers when they need it most.   Her training program has prepared hundreds of us to face these events with confidence.  When circumstances exceed our comfort zone, Katherine regularly provides well-founded guidance that meets both legal and practical requirements.

Congratulations, Katherine, for your selection as the 2016 Governors Award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health and Safety.  Thank you for your service to the Virginia Emergency Medical Services system!

"It is always an honor and a privelege to see the top performers in our region recognized for their hard work and and dedication to our regional EMS system through nomination by their peers for all of our regional awards," said PEMS Executive Director Michael Player.  "We are even more pleased when these efforts are recognized also by the Governor's Award Selection Committee and Governor McAuliffe, so please join us in honoring this year's Governor's EMS Award winners from PEMS region - Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski and Ms. Katherine West.  Thank you both for your exceptional work for our EMS system over these many years!"

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