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New Policy Regarding Background Checks
SB 997 of the 2015 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia regarding the conducting of background checks of EMS agency affiliation. This amendment allows jurisdictions that have enacted ordinances for the submission and review of background checks via fingerprints on each person that applies to be a volunteer with, or employee of, an EMS agency to conduct their own background checks without submitting fingerprints to OEMS. The legislation, as well as the established policy and agency templates, can be found at the following link, This policy is effective July 1, 2015.  Those jurisdictions with any additional questions on this new process should direct their questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is also important to note that the Office of EMS will not provide background cards for those jurisdictions completing the background checks under their enacted ordinances and a such will not be responsible for any associated costs.
USE CAUTION When Restocking IV Fluids at Hospitals

We have been advised that some hospitals in our region have started using Normosol R IV fluids in their Emergency Department. 0.9 Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline), is still available for EMS restock. PLEASE pay close attention as you obtain your restock supplies, to be sure that you get Normal Saline for restocking.

EVD Information Update

The Virginia Department of Health along with others continue to monitor people coming into the states from those countries that stricken with the severe outbreaks of the Ebola Virus last year.

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Symposium Registration Open!

Registration for the 36th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium is now open! Register online to save time and money! You can also check out the course catalog, symposiumhomepageimagewhich offers more than 250 courses, learn how to become a sponsor, review our call for presentations and additional event info.