• Washington County Lifesaving Crew

  • Virginia State Police Med-Flight II

  • Lebanon Lifesaving Crew

  • Recognize Excellence: Governor’s EMS Awards Program

    Nominate an agency, individual, or organization for their outstanding contributions to EMS. SWEMS presents awards annual in 12 categories, and regional winners are nominated for (and often win) the Governor's EMS Awards. Click the title above to submit your nomination today.
  • City of Bristol Virginia Fire Department

  • AHA Community Training Center

    The Southwest Virginia EMS Council is an AHA approved Community Training Center. From basic courses including CPR and First Aid to advanced cardiovascular care courses (ACLS and PALS), we can meet all of your AHA training needs.

Plans and Protocols

Each year, the Council coordinates the development of regional patient care plans and protocols. Current plans and protocols are available for download.

Training Programs

SWVAEMS offers a yearly schedule of courses aimed to help EMS practitioners continually maintain and upgrade their patient assessment and treatment skills.

EMS Awards

Recognize the dedication and devotion of your fellow EMS providers and those who support the EMS system by nominating someone today for your Regional EMS Council awards!

Training Calendar

For a list of upcoming training events, please check out our official training calendar.

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Plan Updates

Plan Updates

New plan updates have been approved by the Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors. Regional EMS plans (includ...

Symposium Registration Now Open

Symposium Registration Now Open

Registration Now Open! The 37th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium November 9-13, 2016 "An Education for Life" Norfolk Waters...

Virginia Continuing Education Changes

Virginia Continuing Education Chang...

Beginning July 1, 2016, significant changes related to your EMS continuing education requirements will go into effect. T...

New Ambulance Safety Standards

New Ambulance Safety Standards

The Offi pdf ce of Emergency Medical Services has issued clarification regarding the impact of New Ambulance Safety Stan...

Ebola Response Guide

Ebola Response Guide

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council has released guidance for EMS response to suspected ebola patients. The attached EVD...