New plan updates have been approved by the Southwest Virginia EMS Council Board of Directors. EMS Performance Improvment plans and documents were approved at the March 15, 2018, meeting of the Board of Directors. 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, 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.

medical examinerThe Office of the Medical Examiner has released a new report entitled Overdose Poisoning Deaths to Children in Virginia, 2009-2013. This report focuses on the 41 children aged 0 to 17 who lost their lives in Virginia between 2009 and 2013 due to ingesting a poisonous substance. A comprehensive review of the circumstances of these deaths was conducted to identify preventive strategies to protect the health and safety of Virginia’s children.

The Team concluded that the majority of these children’s deaths were preventable and offered recommendations for change in the following areas: legislation, education, primary prevention, parent and caretaker response, and child death investigation. The full report, along with the recommendations can be found on pages 6-10 of this report which is available at the Teams' Website.

oems vdhThe Virginia Office of EMS (OEMS) recently updated its policy regarding Patient Care Reports (PCR) and data submission requirements. The revised agency policy regarding the completion of a PCR for Virginia EMS agencies is effective July 1, 2017, and remains in effect until acted on by the OEMS. This policy applies to all categories of Virginia EMS agencies (911, non-emergency, ground, air, etc.)

Please review this updated policy at:">Patient Care Report Documentation and Data Submission. 

For more information or questions about this revised policy, please contact Regulation and Compliance Manager Michael Berg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 804-888-9131.

Due to a shortage of the medication Promethazine (Phenergan), local hospital pharmacies have begun substituting Prochlorperazine (Compazine) for Phenergan in some areas. Our regional Medical-Nausea/Vomiting protocol has been revised by our regional medical directors to include the use of Prochlorperazine (Compazine) for the treatment of nausea/vomiting. That protocol is effective immediately. You may download the revised protocol pdf by clicking this link (260 KB)

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The Southwest Virginia EMS Council is proud to sponsor our annual EMS STRONG 5K Walk and Run.

The EMS Strong 5K is intended to raise awareness of emergency medical services and to honor the brave men and women who serve our communities. While the event is named after the EMS community, we recognize all of the heroes who serve our communities.  We invite participants and spectators to join us in honoring the entire public safety community by wearing red, white, and blue flashing lights. If you do not have flashing lights, don’t worry. We will have a variety of lights glow sticks available for purchase at the event starting at $2.00 each.

The EMS Stronk 5K raises money to support the region's EMS provider health and safety program which seeks to encourage our region's heroes to live a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise. Each year the Southwest Virginia EMS Council awards a $500 grant and trophy to the EMS agency that has made the most progress in encouraging the health and wellness of their members.

The Third Annual EMS Strong 5K Walk and Run will take place on April 27th at 7:30 pm on the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA.

Participants must register by April 17th to be guaranteed a tee-shirt! The pre-registration fee is $25 (with a $5 discount for EMS providers). You can also register to compete in our team category (up to 4 members per team).

The event professionally timed and managed by We Run Events. Even if you are not able to run, please come out to support your local EMS providers. If you have any questions please contact Maggie Haynes 276.628.4151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


You can register online at or by mail (form attached). Same day registration will be available at the regular registration fee of $30 (with a $5 discount for EMS providers).

The event will support our regional EMS provider health and wellness program designed to keep our region's heroes safe and healthy so they can continue to serve our communities. The EMS STRONG 5K will be held Friday April 27th, beginning at 7:30 pm on the Virginia Creeper Trail in Abingdon, VA.


Click HERE to Register

The Southwest Virginia EMS Council has released guidance for EMS response to suspected ebola patients. The attached EVD Response Guide is provided as a resource to help EMS agencies and PSAPs in dispatch and response to suspected EVD patients. As information changes, this guide will be updated, so please be sure to refer back periodically for the latest information.

pdf  SWVEMS EVD Response Guide