Firefighter/Medic Opportunities

Firefighter/Medic Opportunities

The Louisa County Department of Fire and EMS will be conducting a recruitment and selection process to establish an applicant pool for Firefighter/Medic for current and future Full-time Firefighter/Medic opportunities. In order to be considered candidates must submit completed applications to the County of Louisa Human Resources Department no later than Friday, February 27, 2015.  Complete a written exam, physical ability testing and a formal interview. 

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CPR Instructor Course

CPR Instructor Course

Thomas Jefferson EMS Council is hosting a CPR Instructor course on April 18th and 19th from 8 am – 4 pm. The cost is $300 which includes all course materials and meals.
You must hold a valid AHA BLS Health Care Provider CPR card to take the class.
Please call the TJEMS office at 434-295-6146 to register. Payment and registration is required by April 1st. Once you have been registered you will receive information regarding an online course that needs to be completed prior to the class. If you do not have a current CPR certification through AHA, please let us know at the time of registration. 

 

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VAVRS EVOC Instructor Course

VAVRS EVOC Instructor Course

Greene County Rescue Squad is planning to host a VAVRS EVOC instructor course in July 2015 in Greene County. The two day weekend course includes Methods of Instruction and the EVOC Instructor course. The class is only for people who would like to be an EVOC instructor.  We cannot move forward and set a date until we have fifteen people interested (GCRS and other agencies).  We must have 15 people by June 1st to make this happen, earlier is better. Once we have the minimum required, then the date and other information will be announced. To be eligible to take this course you must have a current EVOC card and 2 years of experience.  Contact Jack McKeen at jackmckeen@yahoo.com if you are interested.  

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WARS EMT Class Tue/ Thur Evenings & Some Saturdays March 10-July 25

WARS EMT Class Tue/ Thur Evenings & Some Saturdays March 10-July 25

The Western Albemarle Rescue Squad will be hosting an Emergency Medical Technician course starting March 10th, 2015 and ending on July 25th, 2015. The class will be held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6PM - 10PM). It will be located in scenic Crozet Virginia at the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad's Training Annex (located directly beside our main building; 1265 Crozet Ave).

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New Medication Shortages Require Extra Diligence

New Medication Shortages Require Extra Diligence

UVA and MJH will not be able to restock vasopressin or magnesium.  Missing medications will be documented on the large white sticker on top of the box.  Locally it has been decided to not substitute premixed bags for out of stock vials. However, the hospitals across the mountain are stocking premixed magnesium drips, premixed dopamine (1600 mcg in 250 mL) and other concentrations of medications.  It is possible that some of the boxes packed across the mountain may make it into our system.

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Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Regional Recognize Excellence in EMS Awards

Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Regional Recognize Excellence in EMS Awards

There are countless members of our profession who give of themselves for the betterment of individuals and collectively for EMS as whole, who deserve to be recognized for their devotion and work. This year we hope that everyone will look at what has been done in 2014 and think of someone they know who deserves to be honored by an award for their achievements or dedication to EMS. You have almost 3 months to think of someone and submit a nomination - START THINKING NOW!

To see one of your peers, mentors, or agencies recognized for their devotion to EMS, hard work and excellent efforts, then nominate someone today. The online form makes it easier than ever and just takes a few minutes of your time to let someone know you recognize their accomplishments!

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FDA warns health care professionals not to inject patients with IV solutions from Wallcur, of San Diego

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals not to use Wallcur, LLC, simulated intravenous (IV) products in human or animal patients. These products are for training purposes only.

Before administering IV solutions to patients, health care providers should carefully check the labels to ensure that the products are not training products, such as Practi IV Solution Bags marketed by Wallcur. Wallcur’s training products, which may bear the words “for clinical simulation,” are not to be administered to patients.

FDA has become aware that some Wallcur training IV products have been distributed to health care facilities and administered to patients. There have been reports of serious adverse events associated with the use of certain of these products – i.e., Practi IV Solution Bags.

If you suspect that any Wallcur training IV products may have been administered to a patient, whether or not the incident has resulted in an adverse event, please report the incident to FDA’sMedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program by:

FDA will continue to investigate and monitor this issue. The agency is also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to inform health care professionals and state health departments.

 

Regulatory Change Notification from OEMS

Regulatory Change Notification from OEMS

Effective November 24, 2014, the Virginia EMS Regulations will change to reflect the changes in the BOP regulations and to remove the requirement of a practitioners signature for any drug administration, patient assist medications or invasive therapy. Provision of patient care documentation (12VAC5-31-1140) will state in part:

“EMS personnel and EMS agencies shall provide the receiving medical facility or transporting EMS agency with a copy of the prehospital patient care report for each patient treated at the time of patient transfer. Should EMS personnel be unable to provide the full prehospital patient care report at the time of patient transfer, EMS personnel shall provide an abbreviated documented report with the critical EMS findings and actions at the time of patient transfer and the full prehospital patient care report shall be provided to the accepting facility within 12 hours.”

All EMS agencies are encouraged to submit a copy of their agency protocols signed by their agency operational medical director (OMD) to pharmacies frequently used to restock drug kits in anticipation of this regulatory change.

In conclusion, effective November 24, 2014, there is no longer a requirement to obtain a practitioners signature for any drug administration, invasive procedure or patient assist medication. The Virginia EMS Regulations 12VAC5-31 will be updated on November 24, 2014 to reflect the changes (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/Agency/RegCompliance/Regulations.htm).

For more information, please see the full memo (below) from Mr. Michael Berg, Manager of Regulation and Compliance.

2014 OEMS Signature Removal Memo

 

If there are additional questions to this memorandum, please contact your area EMS Program Representative or Mr. Michael D. Berg, Regulation and Compliance manager, Virginia Office of EMS at 1-800-523-6019 (toll free in Virginia), 804-888-9131 (direct) or by email at michael.berg@vdh.virginia.gov.

Web Based CE

Web Based CE

The Virginia Office of EMS publishes resources on the availability of continuing education (CE) programs which can be completed online through approved third party vendors.  According to OEMS polices, online CE is only accepted from the following CE vendors as they have applied for and met stringent reporting and course content requirements as set forth by OEMS. Courses completed by providers on non-approved websites will not receive credit towards their certification.

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