Reschedule of 04-12-18 PEMS Stroke Task Force Meeting

Meeting ChangeDue to scheduling conflicts of task force chairs, the Stroke Task Force meeting scheduled for 1:00pm on 12 April, 2018 is rescheduled for 4 April, 2018 at 1:00pm.  The meeting remains at the PEMS office.

Please adjust your plans accordingly.  Thank you.

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Request for EMS Assistance: Airpower over Hampton Roads 2018

18-20 May 2018, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton, VA


Coordinators for the Airpower over Hampton Roads 2018 air show are looking for EMS support for this event.  We are looking for ALS or BLS ambulances staffed with qualified crews for the following shifts:

Friday 18 May, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday 19 May, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 20 May, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


This is a great opportunity to show off your people and your apparatus.  Please contact us at 804-693-6234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or to volunteer to support this event.

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Spring 2018 RSAF Grant Cycle is Open!

Submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on 15 March, 2018.

OEMS RSAFThe 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.

All RSAF grant applications must be submitted using the new E-Gift application process.

RSAF Links

Pay particular attention to the General Grant Information link.  Scoring criteria for the grading of grants is changed significantly over prior years.

PEMS will be presenting an RSAF Workshop on 16 February, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at PEMS.  We strongly suggest that each agency attend as the changes to the grant program will be addressed.  Grant priorities will also be identified for this cycle.  Those who cannot attend in person may join by teleconference at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/894552477 or by dialing in at (872) 240-3311 .  Access code for teleconferencing is 894-552-477.

PEMS staff remain available to assist agencies with submitting or reviewing grant applications.  Contact us at 804-693-6234 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Remember - the submission deadline for this cycle is 5:00 pm on 15 March, 2018.  No grant applications will be accepted after this date!

Good Luck!

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  2018 Infection Control Course Openings Filling Fast!

DICORegistrations are now being accepted for the 2018 Infection Control courses.  This year, the courses are hosted by the Tidewater EMS Council and will be held at their training facilities in Chesapeake, VA.

The Basic Infection Control Officer Course will be held on 21 & 22 April, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $100.00.  Register at:  https://goo.gl/SGXXQJ

The Advanced Infection Control Officer Course will be held on 20 April, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $75.00.  Register at:  https://goo.gl/5tmVCC

The Train the Trainer Course will be held on  April 19, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $75.00.  Register at:  https://goo.gl/vTNGVr

The Infection Control Officer Annual Update will be held on 19 April, 2018, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Cost is $25.00.  Register at:  https://goo.gl/y5hahi

All classes will be held at the Tidewater EMS Council, 1104 Madison Plaza, Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA.

Furthere information about each class is available at:  www.tidewaterems.org/osha.

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