The Western Virginia and Blue Ridge EMS Councils will host an OMD workshop in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, Office of EMS on March 22 in Bedford. Don’t miss an opportunity to fulfill the requirements for maintenance of your Virginia EMS physician endorsement. Virginia EMS Regulations require attendance at two workshops over the course of each five year endorsement period. Registration prior to the workshop is not required, but is very helpful in planning for adequate space and refreshments for attendees – nobody will be turned away. Hour-for-hour CME credit will be provided for conference attendees. For other opportunities, please visit the OEMS website HERE.

Bedford County Fire & Rescue Headquarters
March 22, 11 AM - 3:00 PM
1185 Turning Point Road

Bedford, VA
It's FREE but Registration is Appreciated. Lunch Provided!


WVEMS will hold three workshops to assist you and your agency in preparing your RSAF grant application to maximize your chances of an award. In conjunction with the Virginia Office of EMS, we will provide information and discussion on the web-based application, the review process and the methodology for awarding and drawing down RSAF grants. If you expect to apply for the current cycle (DEADLINE IS MARCH 15), plan to attend one of these informative sessions.

Henry County Department of Public Safety Training Center
1024 Dupont Road, Martinsville VA 24112

March 1 - 6-8 PM


WVEMS Offices - Roanoke
1944 Peters Creek Road NW, Roanoke VA 24017

Summerlin Conference Room
March 2 - 10 AM - Noon


New River Valley Business Center
6580 Valley Center Drive, Radford, VA 24141
NRV EMS Training Center
March 6 - 6-8 PM



We are saddened to lose Steve Davis, a long-time friend, supporter and board member. Davis, of Giles County passed away on Sunday, February 11. He was active in EMS for many years. Davis was a member and past captain of  the Giles County Rescue Squad, a member of the board of directors of the Western Virginia EMS Council, and very active in the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. Steve was retired from Celanese Corporation, and then from the Virginia Department of Health. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

WVEMS is now accepting bids from instructors, Education Coordinators, training centers, ALS Coordinators, EMS agencies, local governments, etc. to offer Category 1 Continuing Education and approved auxiliary courses throughout the region. Thanks to a cooperative opportunity with the Virginia Department of Health Office if EMS, funding is available to pay an hourly rate for qualified 33-hour CE courses, and a per-student payment for approved auxiliary courses.

The Western Virginia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council, Inc. paid tribute to its regional EMS personnel for their selfless acts of service at the council's annual awards ceremony, May 23, at the American Legion, Salem, VA.  Regional award winners were nominated by thier peers for thir high level of achievments in the EMS field.  

Recipients of this year's regional awards will have the chance to compete for the prestigious 2017 Governor's EMS Awards, which will be announced at the Virginia EMS Symposium's Annual Awards Ceremony, November 12 in Norfolk.  

Starting in May 2016, the ratio expression format for drug concentrations will no longer be permitted. This new development will apply to epinephrine, isoproterenol and neostigmine. Unaffected by this are the lidocaine and epinephrine combination solutions for local anesthesia.

The new labeling for epinephrine will only be displayed as the mass concentration format used in virtually every other medication. For example, epinephrine 1:1000 will now be labeled as 1 mg/mL, and for the 1:10,000 as 0.1 mg/mL. It is hoped that this change will decrease medication errors in the field and in the hospital. pdf See the explanation HERE. (159 KB)

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.

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