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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.

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

Stress Management for the Trauma Services Provider

The WVEMS CISM Team is hosting a Stress Management for the Trauma Services Provider Course October 4 & 5.  This course is different from the typical Critical Incident Stress Management course in that it looks at dealing with Stress from other than a particular incident or event. Highlights of items this program covers include;
  • The “Stress continuum”
  • Signs and symptoms of excessive stress
  • Stress as related to work as a “trauma provider”
  • A variety of stress management techniques
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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.

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!

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!

Ebola Virus Disease Information

On August 6, 2014 members of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared Ebola a public health emergency of international concern. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) [also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever] is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services has posted information on their website under Ebola Information. The 2 documents are also available here DHHS Ebola Outreach Letter and OEMS Ebola Information Sheet 8-6-14

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.

Upcoming Events From Our Calendar

BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
September 17, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  area 08
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
Pediatric...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
September 22, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 2 CE
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
1800 - 2000...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
September 24, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 2 CE
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham, VA  24531
MCI Module 1
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Consolidated Test Site - Daleville
October 04, 2014 (8:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Pre-Registration is Required for all sites - NO EXCEPTIONS
Registration deadline is 10 days before...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
October 06, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  Area 09
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham,  VA 24531
Clinical...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
October 08, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  Area 09
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham,  VA 24531
Clinical...
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BLS CE - Pittsylvania County
October 13, 2014 (6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)
BLS Category 1 CE,  Area 09
Chatham Rescue Squad  28 Military Dr.  Chatham,  VA 24531
Clinical...
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