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Small Training logoThe Council is pleased to announce the implementation of a free regional continuing education program. CE courses will be offered each month at our office. Courses will begin at 9:00 am and will cover a variety of topics. Registration is not required. Click READ MORE to view the list of dates and topics.

New regional EMS plan updates have been approved by the Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors at their March 14, 2023, meeting. Please be sure to review these changes.
Regional EMS plans (including the MCI, Strategic EMS, Stroke Triage, and Trauma Triage plans) are reviewed and revised as needed annually. The most recent versions of these plans and protocols, along with our most recent annual report, are posted to our website and available for download.  To review or download plans, please click on this link.  You may also review our most recent Annual Report under the "About Us" menu tab from our website. Protocol updates are available from our mobile app and for download from our website.

Southwest Va. EMS Council will be teaching an IDC and DICO course sponsored by VAVRS. Registration is required and this is a 1-day May 18th, 2024, and the course will be held in Cleveland Va. at Cleveland Life Saving Crew. Space is limited so register ASAP.

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For the past two years, the Commonwealth of Virginia and ESO have partnered to pursue our mission to help Virginia become the healthiest state in the nation.

As we continue to work with ESO, we encourage you to consider attending Wave 2023 featuring ESO Training Academy. ESO hosts this annual conference, bringing together ESO product trainers, national EMS, fire and hospital thought leaders and data experts, and ESO product users for a unique experience.

For more information, please click this link.

oems vdhThe Virginia Office of EMS has released some important information updates. The Director of the Office of EMS (OEMS) position has been posted. For more information, please review this link. In addition, it has been determined there will be no statewide EMS Symposium held in 2024. Please view this link for more details. Finally, OEMS has also released additional information regarding changes to the Virginia EMS drug box system. The full article can be accessed by clicking this link.

To see the latest information from the Virginia Office of EMS, please visit the OEMS webpage at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/

updateThe Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia EMS Council approved revisions to the regional EMS Performance Improvement Plan at their regular meeting.  These documents are available in the Plans and Protocols section of this site.

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council, under direction of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, coordinates a regional Performance Improvement Program.  Data is submitted quarterly to review performance related to specific indicators determined by regional performance improvement committees.  Participation in this program ensures that all agencies are compliant with EMS Rules and Regulations requirements to undertake periodic PI review.

The PI Template is provided to help EMS agencies and OMDs design their own PI programs to meet organizational needs.

We’ve got some important updates to share with you as we continue to improve the operations and financial standing of the Office of EMS. Collaborating and communicating with our partners in the EMS community is an essential part of this process. We want to keep you informed as we continue accomplishing our goals within the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and throughout the state.

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The Southwest Virginia EMS Council is hiring for a number of part-time positions. Please click read more to view the position descriptions and submit an application.

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council (SWEMS) announced its 2023 Regional EMS Awards recipients on October 14, 2023. An awards banquet was held at Green Valley Baptist Church in Lebanon, Virginia. Read the winner bios in the full article.

The regional EMS awards banquet is an annual program recognizing the extraordinary efforts of individuals and agencies to enhance the provision of EMS delivery in Virginia.

"We are honored to recognize the efforts of our region's heroes," SWEMS Board President J.C. Bolling stated. "We believe we have the best EMS providers and agencies in the Commonwealth."

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