PEMS Region 2016 Governor's EMS Award Winners
The 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.
Fire 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!
Katherine 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!"