PEMS Office Closures - Friday, May 27 & Monday, May 30, 2016


Memorial DayPEMS will be closed on Friday, 27 May while staff prepares for the 3rd Annual "Celebrate EMS" Day at Busch Garden. 

We will also be closed on Monday, 30 May to observe Memorial Day. Please join us in remembering those who have given all in the service and defense of our Nation.


We will reopen at 08:30 AM on Tuesday, 31 May, 2016.

Thank you.

3rd Annual "Celebrate EMS" Day at Busch Gardens Registration Open!

 Join us for a day in the park, including an all you can eat picnic lunch and the 2016 Regional Awards Ceremony in the Black Forest!

Discount tickets and the picnic buffet vouchers are available at for you and your family members.  (Current pass holders must still register in order to get their free meal voucher and event T-shirt.)  New this year is Free Parking for our guests!

For those members of our EMS community who are working on the 28th, your park tickets can be used on the 29th or 30th of May.  Of course we will miss you at the picnic lunch and Awards Ceremony!

Special Offer:  Before you leave the park, bring your event ticket to Guest Services to upgrade to the Fun Card (good for pass admittance until Labor Day) for only $15!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The confirmation email you receive when you register will not get you into Busch Gardens.  Individuals registering on or before 18 May will receive their actual park tickets by USPS.  If you register on or after 19 May, you must pick up your tickets and meal vouchers from the PEMS Office, 6876 Main Street, Gloucester, VA between 08:30 and 4:30 p.m before 4:30 on 26 May.  The PEMS Office will be closed on 27 May for this event.  If you are unable to pick up your tickets at PEMS, you may pick them up between 08:30 and 12:00 at James City County Fire Station #2, 8429 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, VA.  This is convenient to the park entrance.


Tickets are limited so

Please click on our poster to print and post in your common areas or Click here to download the poster to put up in your agency.

Welcome: Randi Blymyer Joins PEMS Staff!


The Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc. is pleased  to announce the addition of Randi Blymer, RN, CEN to its staff.  Ms. Blymyer will become the region’s new EMS Field Coordinator – Clinical Care, replacing recently promoted Captain Bradley Beam, of the Williamsburg Fire Department.   A Gloucester County native, Ms. Blymyer’s parents were both involved in EMS and Randi grew up surrounded by it.  A Virginia-licensed Registered Nurse, and Certified Emergency Nurse, Randi is an Acting Charge Nurse and the EMS Liaison for the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Emergency Department where she has worked for four years.  She has over ten years of EMS experience, working with the Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, where she still runs rescue and also oversees the Junior program.  
Randi’s experience as both a practicing field provider and emergency department nurse will provide the Council with unique insight.  In her role, she will be responsible for managing the region’s day-to-day clinical care issues including the development, implementation and coordination of the regional medical direction and Regional Medical Treatment Protocols, Policies and Procedures. You may contact Randi at 804-693-6234 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Governor Proclaims "EMS Week" in Virginia

May 15 - 21, 2016

Governor Terrence R. McAuliffe has proclaimed the week of May 15 - 21 "EMS Week" in Virginia and acknowledged May 18 as "EMS for Children" Day.

During this week, please join PEMS in celebrating the work and dedication of our 35,000 EMS providers in the Commonwealth who show their commitment to their communities through their exceptional service.

Some employed as career providers and others volunteering in their communities, our EMS professionals and their families sacrifice much in the service of their friends and neighbors. 

Whether responding to a life-threatening emergency or training for the next call, managing an organization's limited resources or providing much-need education to our citizens, our providers consistently go above and beyond to ensure that our communities are served with professionalism and caring.

"We thank each and every one of our providers for your time, your efforts and your sacrifices throughout the year and wish you the best as we move forward." - Michael Player, Executive Director, Peninsulas EMS Council, Inc.


In recognition of "EMS Week," PEMS, our partners Riverside Health Systems, Sentara Healthcare, and Bon Secours Hampton Roads, as well as our event sponsors LifeEvac 3 and Medical Transport, LLC welcome all EMS professionals and their families to help us "Celebrate EMS" Day at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg on 28 May, 2016.  During this event we will lunch together and recognize the nominees and winners of the PEMS Annual Regional EMS Awards before spending an afternoon with our friends and families in the park.

Tickets are $45 for adults and $40 for children.  This great price includes the luncheon, free parking, and the opportunity to upgrade your ticket for a season Fun Pass for only $15 additional dollars.  (Shiftworkers who can not attend on the 28th may use their ticket on the 29th or 30th.)  Click below to register.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Other Links of Interest
EMS Week 2016
EMS Week Press Release
Governor's Proclamation

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Training Opportunity:  Yale University School of Medicine Pediatric Triage Study

Northern Virginia EMS Council, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue and Yale University School of Medicine - New Haven Hospital are conducting a research project on how the use of video games can be incorporated into EMS training. 

If you are interested in participating in this research, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.


Study Title: Computer-Based Simulation: Pediatric Disaster Triage Training For Emergency Medical Services Providers
Principal Investigator: Mark Cicero
Funding Source: AHRQ

You are invited to participate in educational research being conducted at Yale University School of Medicine. They are trying to 1) improve pediatric disaster triage education and 2) compare live simulations to educational video games.

As part of your prehospital care training and/or ongoing education, you are being asked to participate in a pediatric disaster triage course. If you agree to participate in this study, we would like to collect information about how you learn this set of knowledge and skills. If you consent, during the course, your performance on computerized triage scenarios will be recorded. Your name will not be used in the video or electronic record of your disaster triage performance. A standardized identification code will be assigned for use on all evaluations. This ID will consist of the first two letters of your first name, the first two letters of your last name, your two digit birth month, and your two digit birth year (e.g. MACI0875).

Your individual performance will NOT be shared with your peers, supervisors, or any person outside the research team. Your consent to participate in simulations will not impact your participation in the learning. The researchers at Yale will critique 1) their teaching strategies 2) your improvement throughout the course. This project is funded by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and has been approved by the Yale University Human Investigation Committee (the Committee that reviews, approves and monitors human subject research). Participation in this research poses no harm to you the participant.

You are free to choose not to participate and if you do become a subject you are free to withdraw from this study at any time during its course. If you choose not to participate or if you withdraw it will not harm your relationship with your own institution.

The participant is asked to play an online video game for 15 minutes a week over the course of 13 weeks. The web based video game can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smartphone. There is no cost to the participant.

Benefits of Study Participation:
1. Personal Benefits:
a. Education in pediatric disaster triage and management
b. Continuing medical education certificate (VAOEMS CEU approval pending, estimated to be 4 hours of Category 2)
2. Societal Benefits:
a. Improved ability of our prehospital care community to care for children in disasters

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