2017 PEMS/TEMS Hampton Roads Mass Casualty Incident Response Guide Now Available

mci guide photoThe March 2017 edition of the Hampton Roads Mass Casualty Incident Response Guide is now available for electronic distribution. 

Please email the PEMS EMS Planning & Emergency Management Coordinator if you would like to receive a copy. 

Please note that there will not be distribution of printed copies of the Guide at this time. 

Also note that the Guide contains "public safety sensitive" information and may only be used for official business.  It may not be distributed beyond your agencies without approval by PEMS or TEMS.

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PEMS Office Closure - Memorial Day - 29 May, 2017

The PEMS office will be closed on 29 May, 2017 to observe Memorial Day.  Please join our staff in remembering our veterans and their sacrifices on this day.

We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on 30 May, 2017.



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Recall - Philips Healthcare Recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator

Philips Healthcare recalls HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator due to electrical issues that may prevent the device from operating properly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Recalled Product:

  • HeartStart MRx Monitor/Defibrillator
  • Model numbers: M3535A (M3535ATZ) M3536A (M3536ATZ), M3536M, M3536MC, M3536M2, M3536M4, M3536M5, M3536M6, M3536M7, M3536M8, M3536M9
  • Manufacturing dates: February 11, 2004 to November 4, 2016
  • Distribution dates: February 12, 2004 to November 4, 2016
  • Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 47,362 units nationwide

Learn more about this recall at: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/phillips-healthcare-recalls-heartstart-mrx-monitordefibrillator/

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PEMS Welcomes our New EMS Field Coordinator - Clinical Care

Seth Craig ID Photo 5The Peninsulas Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. (PEMS) is pleased to announce the newest member of its professional staff.  On April 10, 2017, Mr. Seth Craig, IV, will join the team as the Council’s EMS Field Coordinator – Clinical Care.  In this critical position, Mr. Craig will work with our Medical Advisor’s Committee (MAC) to help define the regional standard of EMS care.  Additionally, he will oversee a variety of day-to-day clinical functions to include the development, implementation, and coordination of the Regional Treatment Protocols, Policies and Procedures. We are confident he will be an excellent clinical resource for our regional EMS system.

Seth is a Virginia and National Registry Paramedic and works in both the Lancaster County Emergency Services and Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue organizations. He has a diverse background in volunteer and career EMS service and has formerly worked as both an educator, and forensic scientist. He serves as an Adjunct Instructor for the Rappahannock Community College EMS Program and his formal education includes a BS in Biology and Secondary Education from the University of Richmond, and an MS in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida.

The Board of Directors and staff of the Peninsulas EMS Council are excited about Seth’s passion for science-based clinical excellence and his commitment to education. Working together we will ensure that all our citizens and visitors will enjoy the benefits of a coordinated, efficient and effective EMS delivery system, regardless of where they live on the Virginia Peninsula, Middle Peninsula or Northern Neck.

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