• 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.

Latest News

Bariatric Transport Capability

Bariatric Transport Capability

Bariatric transport services are now being offered in southwest Virginia by Galax-Grayson EMS.  

Medical Examiner Releases New Report on Child Deaths

Medical Examiner Releases New Repor...

The Office of the Medical Examiner has released a new report entitled Overdose Poisoning Deaths to Children in Virginia,...

OEMS Updates Patient Care Documentation Policy

OEMS Updates Patient Care Documenta...

The Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) recently updated its policy regarding Patient Care Reports (PCR) and data submission r...

Hospital Diversion Town Hall Meeting May 1

Hospital Diversion Town Hall Meetin...

As you are aware, the issue of hospital diversion has been an ongoing topic of discussion especially over the last few m...

Zika News and Tips

Zika News and Tips

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has created a website to provide the most up-to-date information related to the...

Medical-Nausea/Vomiting protocol revision

Medical-Nausea/Vomiting protocol re...

Due to a shortage of the medication Promethazine (Phenergan), local hospital pharmacies have begun substituting Prochlor...



The Fall 2017 Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Cycle opened August 1, 2017 and will close on September 15, 2017...

Plan Updates

Plan Updates

New plan updates have been approved by the Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors. EMS Performance Improvment...

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...


SWVAEMS offers a yearly schedule of courses aimed to help EMS practitioners continually maintain and upgrade their patient assessment and treatment skills.  Courses are open to any member of the EMS community who wishes to attend, and many are offered free of charge.  Program offerings include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport (CCEMT), BLS and ALS Category-1 Required Topics, and many others.  This section includes a schedule of courses, training site information, training policies, and a course fee schedule.  For more information, please contact Field Coordinator Gary Whiteaker or Josh Wilkinson.


The Training and Education Committee implemented a new regional policy effective January 1, 2008, that prohibits the Council from issuing continuing education (CE) credit for non-council courses.  This decision was made for quality assurance/improvement reasons, and to reduce Council course cancellations.  The Council is open to partnering with our regional hospitals and other EMS stakeholders when practical to make CE opportunities available throughout the region.  Such collaborative arrangements allow the Council to insure that educational objectives are met, adhere to state and national program guidelines, and allow for the level of oversight necessary for the Council to issue credit for those programs.

Healthcare facilities wishing to partner with the Council should submit a CE Partnership Agreement and may contact Gary Whiteaker or Josh Wilkinson for more information.


The Office is EMS is pleased to announce the capability to receive electronic continuing education records from third-party CE vendors. This new interface allows the Office of EMS to accept and apply Category 1 and Category 2 CE credits earned from approved third-party vendors directly to the provider’s CE records.  For more information, please visit the OEMS website at