Fall 2024 RSAF Grant Cycle to Open August 1st

The Fall 2024 cycle of the RSAF competitive matching grant program begins on August 1, 2024. OEMS will accept applications from nonprofit licensed EMS agencies and other Virginia EMS organizations pursuant to § 32.1-111.12 until September 16, 2024. The grant period for RSAF is 12 months with January 1, 2025, as the start date, and December 31, 2025, as the end date. 

  CLICK HERE to download the complete announcement from the Office of EMS.

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Seek Help in an Emergency

It is important to know that if you have a time- sensitive medical emergency you need to get help immediately. That means going to the Emergency Room (ER) right away.

So what is a time-sensitive emergency? A heart attack, stroke or traumatic injury. In all of these cases, time is of the essence and you need to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t let fear delay you from getting the medical help you need.

Here’s what you need to do if you are having a time-sensitive emergency:

First call 9-1-1, the dispatcher is trained to help you decide if your medical emergency warrants a trip to the ER. If it does and you can’t drive yourself to the hospital, then an EMS agency will come pick you up and take you there. All EMS agencies are prepared and able to provide SAFE treatment and transport to the hospital. The Regional EMS Councils continue to work closely with the hospitals to ensure SAFE care through the transition into the emergency department.

 All of the dedicated medical personnel you meet will be dressed in appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Taking care of you and your immediate medical need is what the health care system was designed to do.

When it comes to a medical emergency, seeking help immediately is always the best and safest way to go.

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