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Traffic Incident Management Training

VDEM along with VSP and VDOT are offering additional opportunities for Traffic Incident Management System Training in Patrick County at the Stuart Campus of PHCC on July 21 at the Raonoke Valley Regional Fire & EMS Training Center on July 22 and in Henry County at the Emergency Services Training Center on August 4.  The class at RVRFEMSTC will be offered 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  The classes in Henry and Patrick Counties will be offered from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Additional classes will be held throughout the region in the future.  Class size is limited and Pre-registration is REQUIRED.  Links for Registration can be found on these flyers Traffic Incident Management Training Roanoke Valley July 22, Traffic Incident Management Training Patrick County and Traffic Incident Management Training Henry County Aug 4.

Donate to WVEMS!

WVEMS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. We strive to support our citizens, EMS providers, hospitals, localities and EMS/public safety agencies to the best of our ability. But we also need your support! All contributions, no matter how small, are greatly appreciated!

New Criminal Background Check Procedure is Now in Effect

The requirement for Criminal History Background Checks conducted through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and the National Crime Information Center via Virginia Office of EMS and the Virginia State Police per 12VAC5-31-540 are NOW in EFFECT.  VaOEMS has published a Criminal History Record Verification FAQ's and a number of other documents regarding this that are available at VaOEMS Criminal History Information. The required fingerprint cards are available through WVEMS.  Contact your Field Coordinator or the office to obtain them.  Any questions regarding the process should be directed to Micahel Berg, Manger, Regulation and Compliance.

Public Safety Equity & Diversity Conference in Roanoke

This year,  the Virginia Fire & EMS Service Equity & Diversity Association will bring its annual conference to the Roanoke Valley.  The conference is open to all public safety personnel and will be held on October 9-10, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Roanoke, VA. The Roequitydiversityanoke Valley Public Safety Equity & Diversity Conference is a multi-jurisdictional event including the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, the City of Salem, Town of Vinton and the Western Virginia Regional Jail. Seating is limited... Register Today!

New IV Fluid Guidelines In Effect

NATIONWIDE IV FLUID SHORTAGE – WVEMS GUIDELINES EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Due to the nationwide shortage of IV fluids, beginning immediately, EMS providers in the WVEMS Region will only spike and use a bag of Normal Saline (or any other IV fluid) if they are responding to the following categories of patients (unless otherwise directed by medical control):

  • Hypotension, secondary to traumatic or medical issues
  • Hypovolemia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • All other patients should receive a saline lock until advised differently.

Download a copy of the IV Fluid Shortage Protocol Revision Memo from Dr. Charles Lane, Regional Medical Director.

If you have further questions, you can contact the regional council at wvems.org or at

(540)562-3482.

WVEMS Board Minutes Archive

minutesWVEMS' former administrative intern Matthew Chupp recently completed a monumental project to scan all of the Board of Directors meeting minutes (and other corporate documents) dating back to the Council's organizational meeting held on October 2, 1975. Looking over these many notebooks filled with minutes brought back memories, especially to those who have been involved with WVEMS in one form or another since near the beginning. For a trip down memory lane, or to research how things got to be where they are, feel free to take a look HERE!

You "old-timers" might recall some of our incorporating directors: Mt. Pleasant Rescue Squad member Mr. Gary E. Dogan; Our first president and regional medical director Dr. John M. Garvin; Executive Director of the SW Virginia Health Systems Agency Mr. Dale Byington; Attorney Mr. Kenneth C. King, Jr; Giles Memorial Hospital administrator Mr. Robert Smith; New River Valley PDC EMS Coordinator Ms. Elizabeth Kaplan; NRV orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stuart Mackler;  and Montgomery County Sheriff Mr. Louis E. Barber.

WVEMS 2014 EMS Protocols

Our regional Protocols have been reviewed and modified and the WVEMS 2014 EMS Protocols have been released. Changes from the 2013 Protocols to the 2014 Protocols include corrections and clarifications, changes reflecting State Scope of Practice updates allowing allowing additional medications to be administered by EMTs. EMT- Enhanced/Advanced and EMT Intermediates. and 1 NEW Protocol for Intractable V-Fib/V-Tach (Adult).  There are also changes to Procedures, Policies and Medication References including 1 NEW Procedure, Defibrillation - Manual, Double Sequential. All the Changed, Modified, New Protocols, Procedures, Policies and References which includes an Apendix of the updates.

REMEMBER. just reading a Protocol, Procedure or Policy that allows you to perform a new skill or administer a new medication does not allow you to do that.  Your OMD must release you to perform the skill or administer the medication, and in most cases that release to perform/administer will most likely be proceeded by traininng and check-off.  Meetings will be held mid-July with Instructors, Coordinators and Training Officers to provide them with information and materials to carry back to classes and squads

Upcoming Events From Our Calendar

BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
August 04, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE Area 05/09
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
Medical...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
August 06, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE, Area 05
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
1800 - 2030...
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Consolidated Test Site - Martinsville
August 09, 2014 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Pre-Registration is Required for all sites - NO EXCEPTIONS
This Test Site is FULL with exception...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
August 11, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE, Area 05
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
1800 - 2000...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
August 13, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  Area 05/09
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
Medical...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
August 18, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  Area 04
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
1800 - 2000...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
August 20, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  Area 04
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
1800 - 2000...
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