EMS Certification Funding Grant Opportunity

The Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) is announcing a NO MATCH grant funding opportunity that is available to reimburse non-profit EMS agencies for enrollment costs for initial EMS certification programs. The funding is for programs that start on or after January 1, 2017, and before June 30, 2017, and is based on the OEMS pricing structure, found here: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/23/2016/05/Updatedrsaf.egiftMOA0417announcment.pdf

Application due by April 25, 2017. More information available here: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/administration-finance/rsaf-grants-program/

RSAF Grant Program Reminder...


This is your friendly reminder of important information for those considering applying for the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program.


The financial assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and organizations. Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS members.

Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF):

Next Grant Cycle: February 1 – March 15, 2017
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm
Note: All Applications MUST be submitted via the new E-Gift Application.

You can go to the OEMS website for more information

The TJEMS grading meeting will be held on April 12th at 7pm. If you have questions or need assistance with your grant please feel free to call us before the March 15th deadline.

Plan to attend the Town Meeting

There has been an Intermediate- 99 Town Hall Meeting scheduled.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 8 from 7 to 9 PM at the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), Plecker Workforce Center Auditorium. The address is One College Lane, Weyers Cave, VA 24486. The auditorium room designation is P104-- in the Plecker Workforce Center.  

As you enter the main lobby, walk to the left of the directional welcome board and go all the way to the end of the hall. The floor plan of the building is at http://www.brcc.edu/continuinged/plecker/capacity-rates/.

Driving directions to the Weyers Cave campus of BRCC are located at  https://www.brcc.edu/brcc/directions-maps/





Good Afternoon everyone, 

We wanted to let everyone know of a brief change in UVA ED entrance traffic pattern when bringing patients into the hospital.  The change will happen starting on February 21st and be on going until February 27th.  During this time frame the current ambulance entrance will be closed and the old one reopened to bring patient through.  The Triage area will also be relocating back to the area across from the ED registration desks.  The new EMS room will remain open however the access point will be down across from the current chest pain center.  

On Tuesday, February 21:

3.            The current triage rooms A – E will close and barriers will be erected

4.            The old front doors will be opened and EMS will begin using this as the entrance for 4 days.

5.            The new EMS entrance will be blocked for construction to do some ventilation coil work.

6.            The new EMS room will still be accessible by going through the egress hallway across from Chest Pain Center.

On Friday, February 24:

1.            Construction work on the coils will conclude by late afternoon.

2.            The new EMS entrance will re-open late Friday afternoon as soon as the barriers come down.

3.            The old front doors will be closed again.

On Monday, February 27:

1.            Computers will be moved back into the RME.

2.            RME will open by noon.

3.            Triage / RME will move back into the new RME space by 1300.

The above is the projected time line for this project.  We continue to appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we go through the growing pains together.

Seeking Regional Education Coordinator for Thomas Jefferson EMS Council

The Regional Education Coordinator position is responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing non-accredited training programs and other related projects in support of council objectives for pre-hospital emergency care providers. The Education Coordinator has specific responsibilities in the areas of initial training programs and continuing education for basic and advanced life support providers, consolidated testing, regional protocols and other council policies related to training and education.

Qualifications include: 

Virginia Education Coordinator OR receive unrestricted status within 6 months of hire.

Virginia certified EMT-Intermediate or higher level certification with a minimum of 4 years experience in the delivery of pre-hospital EMS; National Registry preferred.

The Regional Education Coordinator is a full time position.

For more information, contact:

Tom Joyce (tjoyce@vaems.org) at 434-295-6146


March Medical Madness is HERE

March Medical Madness is here! March 11 is just around the corner! Seating is limited so get your seat early!  Meeting place is the Fluvanna County High School. This is a break-out session kind of day! Speakers include: Dr. Chris Holstege, Val Quick, Dr. George Lindbeck, Dr. John Vaughn and many others. 

Topics include: Acute Cardiac Syndrome, Sepsis for EMS providers, Rules for Surviving EMS and much more! 

The cost is $35. Meals are included. Sign up today! Don't wait! 


12-lead Initiative

12-lead Initiative


Regional changes are coming for 12-lead acquisitions. Be prepared now! Acquire your 12-lead within the first 10 minutes of patient contact.

Providers are encouraged to start taking the cardiac monitor in to homes and acquiring 12-lead, where appropriate, on scene as part of their initial vital signs. More to come at your October CE site.

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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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