Regional Training Calendar

Peninsulas EMS Council is the “go to” source for information on EMS training and education throughout the region!

Whether hosted by PEMS, our sister regional councils, or produced by our agency and health system partners, PEMS is the central repository in the region for training information.

If your organization is providing training and you would like to make that training available to others, please let us know below and we will post it to the Regional Training Calendar.

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 OEMS Approved EVOC Training Programs

The following training programs have been reviewed and are recognized as equivalents to the emergency vehicle operator requirements established in the Virginia EMS Regulations (October 2012), specifically; 12VAC5-31-1210; 12VAC5-31-1230; and 12VAC5-31-1270:

  • American Medical Response, Virginia Division EVOC Course
  • Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course
  • Chesterfield County Fire Department, EVOC Program
  • City of Virginia Beach Emergency Vehicle Operating Course
  • Department of Criminal Justice Services Driver Academy EVOC Course and/or Instructor School
  • Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, EVOC Training Program
  • McNeil and Company, Inc. Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Richmond Ambulance Authority, Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course
  • National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), Emergency Vehicle Operators Safety (EVOS) Course
  • S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
  • Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad, Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course
  • Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course
  • Virginia Department of Fire Programs, Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course
  • Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services, Inc., Emergency Vehicle Driver Training

  Click here to download official notification from OEMS .

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Training Links

EMS Scholarship Opportunity

ECPI University EMS Program

Rappahannock Community College EMS Programs

Thomas Nelson Community College EMS Programs

TEMS Training Calendar

VDEM Training Calendar

2019 EMS Education Coordinator Updates

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Training Announcements

Patient Care Documentation Pearls for Success

The following "Pearls" for completion of patient care documentation are presented by Lt. Melissa Doak of York County Department of Fire & Life Safety and are used within their performance improvement initiatives.  While we encourage all providers to follow their individual agency guidelines and procedures, this material has general applicability and, if adopted, would significantly improve our prehospital documentation in the region.

  • Please try to get Social Security Number (SSN) of the patient or parent/guardian if under 18 years old
  • Please be sure to indicate if a procedure was done or a medication given, did it work? Yes, no, sort of, or not all all, and explain in the narrative.
  • Minimum of 2 sets of Vital Signs on transports if at all possible
  • Signatures……all of them, patient, if patient is unable to sign (AMS, severe pain, dementia, unconscious, etc.) then Next of Kin or Receiving Nurse at ER indicating why the patient was not able to sign
  • Sign your narrative (use you name, initials to identify the author of the narrative), it’s not always the person who logged into the computer, very important when students or those being precepting are writing reports
  • Narratives are important for continuum of care, the medical record of the incident and for billing purposes
  • Check boxes (although at times seem to be duplicating information found in the narrative) are REQUIRED for state data collection and for data that in turn, gets sent to the federal government, make sure all applicable check boxes are completed and if a check box or tab does not apply, mark it as not applicable or not required
  • Don’t leave tabs or check boxes blank, blank boxes indicate incomplete information. If it does not apply, mark the – sign and indicate why, usually not applicable
  • Addresses, please get a complete mailing address for the patient
  • Controlled substances and narcotics-signatures for health practitioner who witnesses the waste at the ER
  • Lights and siren use to the ER, please be sure to document why lights and siren were used en route to the ER in the narrative. Please see the PEMS Transportation & Destination Determination Policy found in your PEMS Protocol Manual, under Procedures, 1.e. to help you with this decision making.
  • Refusals, remember to get a witness signature (when possible) including your other crew members as the witness
  • If ALS is performed and it is a refusal, make sure Online Medical Control is consulted, per protocol. Document this in in the narrative. ALS = any ALS skills including application and interpretationof ECG tracings.
  • Make sure the HIPPA Form is being given to every patient, when you ask them to sign the report, you are asking them to sign a document that says it has been provided
  • Crew members-if EMS1 or another person gets on the medic unit for the transport, be sure they are included on the crew list and document any skills they performed
  • Other units on scene, please be sure to mark “LAW” if law enforcement of any type was on scene, likewise, if another agency is also on scene, that information should also be included such as mutual aid engines or other mutual aid units
  • Some ePCR’s do not detail everyone who responded or assisted in the call. For example, on a chest pain call, usually the engine crew and medic crew both respond when available, but many times, this information is left out on the ePCR. It should be noted everyone who did participate in the call for service, it should be clear in the EMS ePCR narrative
  • Procedures-Use the check boxes when they apply even if the information is contained in your narrative
  • Oxygen is a drug-and therefore should be documented when o2 is given in the medications given section
  • If you are administering medications, you should know whether or not the patient has any allergies (unless of course they are unconscious, etc.) so please make sure this information is documented in the ePCR
  • Weight based drugs given? If yes, there should be a weight of the patient included in the ePCR
  • There is nothing wrong with scanning in the hospital face sheet if one is obtained. Be sure it is shredded after it is scanned in and remember to keep that document confidential following all HIPPA and Patient Privacy laws

Thanks to Lt. Doak for sharing this with us and allowing us to share it with YOU!

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2019 PEMS Regional Patient Care Protocols, Policies & Procedures and Protocol Training Schedule

Each year when changes are adopted to the regional protocols, rollout training sessions are provided to educate providers, trainers and agency management on the changes.  

Dates and venues for the Protocol Rollouts this year are:

  • 16 January, 2019     08:00 pm     Gloucester Vol. Fire & Rescue Station 1, 6595 Main Street, Gloucester
  • 23 January, 2019     07:00 pm     Lancaster-Kilmarnock Vol. Rescue Squad, 61 Harris Road, Kilmarnock
  • 05 February, 2019    07:00 pm     PEMS Office, 6876 Main Street, Gloucester
  • 07 February, 2019   10:00 am      Newport News Fire Training Center, 17300 Warwick Blvd, Newport News
  • 14 February, 2019   11:00 am      PEMS Office, 6876 Main Street, Gloucester
  • 20 February, 2019   06:00 pm      Northumberland County Rescue Squad, 400 Reed Avenue, Reedville

The 2019 Protocol Tests will be available after March 1st.  Each agency OMD must have a Protocol Test Request form on file with PEMS.

Thank you for your assistance and support!

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