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OEMS has announced that the 2021 RSAF Grant Cycle deadline has been extended due to accommodate the increased workload of providers and administrators during the COVID-19 pandemic. EMS agencies now have until Friday, March 19, at 5 p.m. to file their RSAF applications.

To read the official announcement, please click here.  For information about the RSAF program, follow this link.

You may direct any questions or concerns to the Office of Emergency Medical Services by contacting  or .

 

updateThe Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia EMS Councl approved revisions to the regional EMS Performance Improvement Plan at their regular meeting held September 17.  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.

OEMS recently announced that in conjunction with Virginia’s EMS System, the Western Virginia EMS Council recently partnered with ESO to build a comprehensive, statewide network to better collect and track healthcare and public safety data from EMS agencies, fire departments and hospitals.

This will allow the system to really lean into data across the entire patient journey – from 911 call to hospital disposition – to help improve patient care and patient outcomes at a statewide level. Additionally, we’ll have greater insight into first responder well-being so we can provide ongoing support to this critical workforce. Bottom line, we’ll be able to leverage analytics to see data-driven trends that will help us make the most informed decisions when it comes to keeping Virginians healthy and safe.

For more information, click below:

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/2021/03/11/eso-to-provide-software-and-services-to-virginia-ems-agencies-fire-departments-and-hospitals/

The Southwest Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc., will file/has filed an application for loans or grants with the USDA Rural Development for financial assistance to develop a community facility to house operational and educational programs and/or purchase of a fleet vehicle.  

public meeting for comments will be held at 3:00pm on September 30 via virtual meeting to discuss the proposed project and to provide the opportunity for public comment.  If you are interested in attending the meeting, please contact our office to request information to join the virtual meeting via video webinar or telephone:  (276) 628-4151 or .  

Are you interested in assisting with COVID-19 vaccine clinics in our region? If so, please complete the attached form. Certified and affiliated ALS providers are authorized to assist with vaccine administration in Virginia. We are working with our regional health districts and VDEM to support ongoing vaccine efforts. Please note that your information will be shared with state/regional partners as needed, and providers will be contacted based on demands. Thank you in advance for your assistance!
 

The Spring Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Cycle is now open.  The grant cycle and will close on March 15, 2021, at 5:00 pm (EST). To ensure the most favorable grading, emphasis should be placed on completing the application thoroughly. EMS agencies seeking to apply for RSAF funding ARE ENCOURAGED TO REQUEST ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING THEIR RSAF APPLICATION FROM THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA EMS COUNCIL. To schedule an appointment for assistance with completing an RSAF application, please contact the council office at (276) 628-4151. Please click on the link below to view more information about this program, including information on an upcoming pre-award technical assistance webinar.

Memorial LogoThe National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR), the National EMS Memorial Foundation (NEMSMF), and the National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) announce the 2020 National EMS Moment of Silence and ask for broad participation. The National EMS Moment of Silence will be observed on Saturday, May 16, 2020. It will begin at 1800 (6:00 PM) Eastern Daylight Time with a live-streamed reading of the names of the 24 Honorees originally planned for the 2020 Service, followed by an acknowledgement of those continuing to serve today and will culminate in a national moment of silence in a salute to all.

legislation iconEach Friday or Saturday during the 2021 Virginia General Assembly session, OEMS will provide the State EMS Advisory Board members, Regional EMS Councils and other EMS stakeholders an OEMS Legislative Grid and Report on all legislation the office is tracking at this point. The Southwest Virginia EMS Council is forwarding this information to keep you informed of ongoing legislation that may impact the EMS system.

If you would like to have a full copy of any bill, please contact OEMS or log into: http://leg1.state.va.us/lis.htm">http://leg1.state.va.us/lis.htm  and you can view and download any bill of interest.  Many times OEMS is questioned as to why some of the bills are included on their tracking grid/report.  Every bill that is on the list has been identified because of its direct impact or potential impact on components of the EMS system, ranging from funding of Trauma Centers, EMS education, tax credits for volunteer EMS, penalties for tampering with EMS equipment and vehicles to all levels of EMS certification serving as vaccinators. 

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