EMS Agenda 2050 Regional Meetings

UntitledThe EMS Agenda 2050 team will host four public meetings throughout the U.S. where attendees will meet and discuss the future of EMS with the project’s Technical Expert Panel (TEP), a group of 10 individuals with wide-ranging and diverse experiences within EMS systems and healthcare organizations. During the meetings, participants will actively engage in conversations and critical thinking exercises to ensure that EMS Agenda 2050

establishes a vision that incorporates a wide range of perspectives.

Prior to the first regional meeting, EMS Agenda 2050 will release a strawman document as a conversation starter to spark thinking and dialogue about the future of EMS. “If you’ve wanted to have a voice in shaping the future of EMS systems, EMS providers’ role in the health and safety of patients, and more, this is your chance,” said Jon Krohmer, MD, Director of the Office of EMS at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “The federal agencies supporting this effort hope these meetings generate great conversations that will drive the development of a new vision for the future of EMS.”

The regional meeting dates and locations are:

Pre-registration for the meetings is required. Visit the EMS Agenda 2050 website to register and for more detailed information, including meeting locations, times and hotel options.

In addition to the four regional meetings, many other opportunities exist to provide input and feedback. Suggestions and comments are always welcome via the project website. In addition, EMS Agenda 2050 will host webinars and conference listening sessions, and anyone is encouraged to reach out to members of the TEP or or organizational liaisons.

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Fall 2017 RSAF Grant Cycle Open


Grant Cycle: August 1 – September 15, 2017

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm


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.  All RSAF applications MUST be submitted via the web-based E-Gift Application portal.

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.

As always, the Peninsulas EMS Council provides grant writing and review assistance services to EMS agencies in its service area.   Additional information and resources for this important EMS funding opportunity can be found below:


E-Gift – Quick Links:

  • RSAF SCORING CRITERIA – This scoring criteria will be implemented during the Spring 2017 (06/17) RSAF grant cycle, please see the update to the RSAF General Grant Information.
  • Access E-Gift Here– Click here to access the new E-Gift application
  • RSAF Grant Awards(July 1, 2017)
  • To access your grant information please log in to E-Gift and follow the directions in the E-Gift User Guide for Award Grantees.
  • Licensed EMS Agencies – An agency authorized by the OEMS to provide emergency medical services in the state as an EMS agency. Contact your Agency’s Super User to have your E-Gift account created.
  • Non-Licensed EMS Agencies –  An agency that is not authorized by the OEMS to provide emergency medical services in the state, for example EMS Regional Council, Community College, Sheriff’s Office, 911 Centers, and Volunteer Fire Department. Click on the blue “Click here to Sign up” button on the e-gift log in screen to get started.
  • ALL INVOICES and REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION can be uploaded through the E-Gift system (download the E-Gift User Guide for Award Grantees)
  • All RSAF grants awarded by OEMS must now be registered in Virginia’s eProcurement Portal (eVA),  in order to receive reimbursement payments through OEMS | OEMS Vendor Instructions (missing)| eVA registration information
  • Pursuant to the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations 12VAC5-31-2850 Emergency awards. OEMS will accept Emergency Grant Applicationsat anytime from applicable agencies that have demonstrated a need arising from a natural or manmade disaster as defined in §44-146.16 of the Code of Virginia.

For more information, please see the Office of EMS website at:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/administration-finance/rsaf-grants-program/

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Virginia Will Become the First State to Opt-In to FirstNet’s National Public Safety Broadband Network

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

Date: July 10, 2017

Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
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Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
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Virginia Will Become the First State to Opt-In to FirstNet’s National Public Safety Broadband Network

~ Ceremonial event to take place in Reston tomorrow at FirstNet headquarters ~

– Governor McAuliffe today signed a letter of intent declaring that the Commonwealth of Virginia will allow the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T to proceed with the deployment of the of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network in Virginia. Following today’s letter signing, Governor McAuliffe will hold a ceremonial letter signing tomorrow at FirstNet Headquarters, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, Va. at 1:30 p.m.

FirstNet is the result of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that a dedicated public safety interoperable, nationwide mobile broadband network be created to enable continued communication during a disaster or other large-scale event. The Governor’s decision marks a significant step in the realization of this recommendation.

“I am proud that Virginia is the first state in the nation to opt in to this program that will help our first responders communicate during times of emergency,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “While this is only the beginning of the process, I look forward to the continued coordinated efforts among Virginia, FirstNet, and AT&T to provide public safety officials with innovative new technologies that will help them keep Virginians safe.”

“Public safety has spent years advocating for a nationwide network following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and today, Governor McAuliffe is helping to answer that call by joining the FirstNet network,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “FirstNet will be able to put the technology citizens use every day—like smartphones and apps—into the hands of Virginia’s first responders, modernizing how they help save lives and protect residents while creating a single, interoperable system across the Commonwealth and across the country.”

Public safety subscribers to AT&T will be able to take advantage of priority service on AT&T’s existing LTE network nationwide. Localities will have full local control to identify their responders and assign priority as needed based on the circumstances. By the end of 2017, public safety subscribers will also have preemption capability on the network, helping to further ensure their ability to communicate.

“Allowing FirstNet and AT&T to move forward with the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network in Virginia moves public safety closer to the reliable, mission‑critical broadband service that is needed for evolving threats,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.

“I am extremely pleased that Virginia is choosing to opt into the network,” said Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers “Access to the network will provide us with additional tools to help ensure we can do our job when the time comes.”

The Commonwealth will continue to work with FirstNet and AT&T and our local partners to provide feedback in order to ensure a viable network that will enhance public safety communications throughout Virginia.


Charlotte Gomer
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Assistant
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Paramedic to RN Bridge Program Survey

A great deal of interest has been expressed about a paramedic to registered nurse program.  To explore the feasibility of such program, Tidewater Community College Emergency Medical Services program would like to respectfully request your feedback on a paramedic to registered nurse survey.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain data for the general interest of current Paramedics (PM) who would like to increase their credentials by participating in a bridge program to Registered Nurse (RN) program at TCC.

Click here to participate in the survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/9t6gtoTvjclTGTiG2

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