Registrations Are OPEN for the 4th Annual PEMS Rural EMS Education Expo

20 - 22 May, 2016 at the Saluda Campus of Rappahannock Community College.


Directions for Registration

Step One:  When you get to the 4th Annual PEMS Rural EMS Education Expo registration page, click on the "Register Now" button under the PEMS logo.  This will open a new window at the tickets page.  You may continue to refer to this page for information during your registration if needed.

Step Two:  Select the tickets for the registered programs that you choose to participate in. 

  • Everyone must purchase a "General Registration" ticket in order to make further registration selections.  
  • You may only register for one of the ALS Advanced Airway Cadaver Lab tickets.  This registration should be based on the location of the agency with which you are primarily affiliated.
  • If the course that you desire to participate in is full and has no tickets available, register for the Waiting List.  If slots become available, those registered on the waiting list will be moved up in the order they are registered.  PEMS will contact the individuals selected from the Waiting List to update their registration status.

Step Three:  Click on the "Order Now" button below the ticket choices to enter your payment information. 

  • If you are registering individuals for your agency, ensure that you have the necessary information to fully register your people, including VA Certification Numbers and T-shirt sizes.
  • Enter payment information.
  • Once your payment transaction has completed, you may click on the "Program" tab to start adding classes to your schedule.  We suggest using the "Grid View" when selecting classes.  It presents the different options in an easy-to-see format.

Step Four:  Click on the "Program" tab to select the classes for your schedule.

  • If you are purchasing tickets for another, advise them to follow the email link from their ticket to register their own schedule.


If you have a problem with the registration process, contact us at 804-693-6234 or email us here with a description of the problem and your contact information.


If you have received a discount code from PEMS, enter it at the bottom of the registration page before registering.  A registration ticket for your discount code will become visible for your registration.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year, so sign up early!




3rd Annual "Celebrate EMS" Day at Busch Gardens Registration Open!

 Join us for a day in the park, including an all you can eat picnic lunch and the 2016 Regional Awards Ceremony in the Black Forest!

Discount tickets and the picnic buffet vouchers are available at for you and your family members.  (Current pass holders must still register in order to get their free meal voucher and event T-shirt.)  New this year is Free Parking for our guests!

For those members of our EMS community who are working on the 28th, your park tickets can be used on the 27th or 29th of May.  Of course we will miss you at the picnic lunch and Awards Ceremony!

Special Offer:  Before you leave the park, bring your event ticket to Guest Services to upgrade to the Fun Card (good for pass admittance until Labor Day) for only $15!

Tickets are limited so

Please click on our poster to print and post in your common areas or Click here to download the poster to put up in your agency.

Welcome: Randi Blymyer Joins PEMS Staff!


The Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc. is pleased  to announce the addition of Randi Blymer, RN, CEN to its staff.  Ms. Blymyer will become the region’s new EMS Field Coordinator – Clinical Care, replacing recently promoted Captain Bradley Beam, of the Williamsburg Fire Department.   A Gloucester County native, Ms. Blymyer’s parents were both involved in EMS and Randi grew up surrounded by it.  A Virginia-licensed Registered Nurse, and Certified Emergency Nurse, Randi is an Acting Charge Nurse and the EMS Liaison for the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Emergency Department where she has worked for four years.  She has over ten years of EMS experience, working with the Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, where she still runs rescue and also oversees the Junior program.  
Randi’s experience as both a practicing field provider and emergency department nurse will provide the Council with unique insight.  In her role, she will be responsible for managing the region’s day-to-day clinical care issues including the development, implementation and coordination of the regional medical direction and Regional Medical Treatment Protocols, Policies and Procedures. You may contact Randi at 804-693-6234 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Training Opportunity: 8th Annual Riverside Stroke Symposium

Friday, 6 May, 2016 at Newport News Marriott at City Center

Target Audience:  Physicians, nursed, EMS and other health care providers interested in the care of patients with stroke and associated diseases.

Symposium Objectives:

  • Discuss the presentation and treatment of stroke.
  • Discuss how Telestroke is used in rural medicine.
  • Review treatment of various types of stroke.
  • Present a patient experience and discuss the plan of care from various perspectives.

For further information and a registration form, click here!

Agency administrators and trainers, please print and post.

Training Opportunity:  Yale University School of Medicine Pediatric Triage Study

Northern Virginia EMS Council, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue and Yale University School of Medicine - New Haven Hospital are conducting a research project on how the use of video games can be incorporated into EMS training. 

If you are interested in participating in this research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.


Study Title: Computer-Based Simulation: Pediatric Disaster Triage Training For Emergency Medical Services Providers
Principal Investigator: Mark Cicero
Funding Source: AHRQ

You are invited to participate in educational research being conducted at Yale University School of Medicine. They are trying to 1) improve pediatric disaster triage education and 2) compare live simulations to educational video games.

As part of your prehospital care training and/or ongoing education, you are being asked to participate in a pediatric disaster triage course. If you agree to participate in this study, we would like to collect information about how you learn this set of knowledge and skills. If you consent, during the course, your performance on computerized triage scenarios will be recorded. Your name will not be used in the video or electronic record of your disaster triage performance. A standardized identification code will be assigned for use on all evaluations. This ID will consist of the first two letters of your first name, the first two letters of your last name, your two digit birth month, and your two digit birth year (e.g. MACI0875).

Your individual performance will NOT be shared with your peers, supervisors, or any person outside the research team. Your consent to participate in simulations will not impact your participation in the learning. The researchers at Yale will critique 1) their teaching strategies 2) your improvement throughout the course. This project is funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and has been approved by the Yale University Human Investigation Committee (the Committee that reviews, approves and monitors human subject research). Participation in this research poses no harm to you the participant.

You are free to choose not to participate and if you do become a subject you are free to withdraw from this study at any time during its course. If you choose not to participate or if you withdraw it will not harm your relationship with your own institution.

The participant is asked to play an online video game for 15 minutes a week over the course of 13 weeks. The web based video game can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smartphone. There is no cost to the participant.

Benefits of Study Participation:
1. Personal Benefits:
a. Education in pediatric disaster triage and management
b. Continuing medical education certificate (VAOEMS CEU approval pending, estimated to be 4 hours of Category 2)
2. Societal Benefits:
a. Improved ability of our prehospital care community to care for children in disasters

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