Regional Updates

CSEMS Office Closed In Observation of Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020

Post expires at 9:00am on Tuesday May 26th, 2020

CSEMS EMS Week “Support Appreciation” Photo Contest – Two Winners of a $25 Gift Card! Entries Accepted before 5:30p Wednesday, May 21

EMS Supporter Appreciation Photo Contest Thanking Them Today for Being There Everyday Contest Begins: Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30pm Entry & Voting Deadline: Thursday, May 21 before 5:30pmWinners Announced: Thursday, May 21 at 6:00pm Enter to Win! Vote for Your Favorite! *Contest Participants Limited to CSEMS Region EMS Providers We are giving away two (2) $25 Outback Steakhouse […]

CSEMS Regional EMS Award Nomination is Open – 13 Awards of Recognition & High School Scholarships

Nomination Submission Deadline:Award nominations must be received by 5:00pm, June 1, 2020. Do you know a provider, organization or program that should be recognized for its excellence, dedication and contribution to Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system? If so, submit a nomination today! Anyone can nominate a person or organization for a regional award. Guidelines Anyone […]

URGENT: CSEMS Drug Box Decontamination Process Adherence

All EMS providers must adhere to CSEMS current Drug Box Decontamination Process. Failure to properly decontaminate drug boxes may result in a shortage! We currently have nine (9) drug boxes on a 7-day quarantine. Paperwork Must be Included Documenting that Box has Been Properly Decontaminated by the EMS Crew Hospitals are reporting contaminated boxes being turned in for […]

Celebrating the EMS Community – CSEMS 2020 EMS Week Schedule: May 17-23

Join us in the next upcoming days in celebration of EMS Week 2020 while we seek to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our region’s emergency medical services. Many look to emergency services and responders as everyday heroes, but that is not how they see themselves. More often responders question if they […]

Employment Opportunity; Highland County Dept. of EMS is Hiring – Full Time Intermediate/Paramedic

Post expires at 9:00am on Monday June 15th, 2020

CSEMS Pearson Testing Facility Closure and the Introduction to OnVue Testing

Having recognized the limitations of testing throughout Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic and the initial increased demand for providers, CSEMS PearsonVUE Testing Facility temporarily reopened, extending the original closure date to the end of May. After careful review of the testing volume for the CSEMS testing facility, the additional testing facilities becoming available throughout the […]

Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines – Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions Due to COVID-19

Governor Northam Announces Phase One Guidelines to Slowly Ease Public Health Restrictions Phase One will begin no sooner than Friday, May 15 Full Release Here Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Governor Ralph S. Northam For Immediate Release: May 9, 2020Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Sixty-One and presented a detailed […]

Continuing Education – Whenever, Wherever, You Are. Complete your CE Online Now!

Are your Continuing Education requirements complete?How many more CE hours do you need? Do you know your expiration date? Check your CE hours here on the Virginia EMS Portal If you have never logged into the Virginia EMS Portal click here. All Continuing Education is Available Online All Continuing Education is available continuously online making […]

Tips for Making Quality Award Nominations Easy – Regional EMS Awards Nomination Deadline June 1, 2020

Tips for Writing Quality Award Nominations There are always fewer awards than people who deserve them. We ask that you recognize and nominate those that you believe truly do. It is National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and EMS Week 2020 is quickly approaching, May 17-23, 2020. The perfect way and time to recognize someone in […]

Augusta County Fire-Rescue Key Box Program – Protection for You and Your Home

Post expires at 9:00am on Tuesday June 30th, 2020

Nominate Someone Today! Regional EMS Award Nomination Deadline Extended: June 1, 2020

Nomination Submission Deadline has been Extended:June 1, 2020 5:00pm Do you know a provider, organization or program that should be recognized for its excellence, dedication and contribution to Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system? If so, submit a nomination today!  Anyone can nominate a person or organization for a regional award. The Central Shenandoah EMS […]

EMS Providers Urged to Review COVID-19 Protocols to Ensure Best Practices

There is a plethora of information regarding COVID-19 affecting virtually aspect of our life. Constant information from social media and news filling our minds with an abundance and sometimes conflicting information. We urge EMS providers to review the COVID-19 protocols as we remember things best immediately after we’ve read, heard or watched them. That’s why […]

Cough Simulator Shows Germ Spread – Importance of Continued Social Distancing

Why practice social distancing? COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The […]

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things – 2020 Regional EMS Awards

We want to hear your stories during COVID-19 of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in EMS Helpers become heroes in the light of emergency services. During the darkness they shine the brightest. During and following COVID-19 stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to help respond, educate, rebuild, and recover from this pandemic […]

EMS Disposable Gown Supply Dwindling – You can Help! DIY Homemade Gown Guide

To provide a solution that can be implemented by any individuals, families, or manufacturing facilities across the country Thermaxx Jackets has put together a DIY Thermaxx Gown: How-To Guide. This guide presents all of the information you need to begin producing your own disposable gowns for your neighboring nurses, doctors, firefighters, and first responders including: Tips on […]

COVID-19: Understand and Identify Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress

Responding to disasters can be both rewarding and stressful. Knowing that you have stress and coping with it as you respond will help you stay well, and this will allow you to keep helping those who are affected. Sources of stress for emergency responders may include witnessing human suffering, risk of personal harm, intense workloads, […]

Silverback Distillery Helping Those Who Help Others – Donates Hand Sanitizer to CSEMS During COVID-19

Silverback Distillery Donated Hand Sanitizer to CSEMS to Distribute to Regional EMS Agencies Silverback Distillery is helping those who help others by donating to the early and overwhelming need of extremely limited to non-existent available supply of hand-sanitizer. They prioritized making and donating their supply to healthcare workers, hospitals and emergency responders. This Small, Family […]

CSEMS Office Staff Working Remotely – Available by Email and Phone; Office Staffed by Appointment Only

CSEMS Limiting Face-to-Face Contact Pursuant to Emergency Order 53 from Virginia’s Governor, the CSEMS office of the Virginia Office of EMS will be taking steps to limit face-to-face contact, by adhering to Social Distancing. The Office will be Staffed by Appointment Only The office will be staffed by appointment only. All staff have been transitioned […]

CSEMS CISM and Peer Support for First Responders in the Time of COVID-19

You are normal people experiencing common reactions to unprecedented events During this time of the COVID-19, citizens are asked to stay at home and keep their distance from others to prevent contracting this highly contagious disease. However, in spite of these dangers, first responders are always on call, ready to answer every single emergency call […]

Seeking Volunteers to Make Homemade Masks – Help Conserve Precious Reserves of N-95 Masks

We appreciate your interest in helping during this unprecedented time. Unfortunately we’re at that point in this pandemic, that homemade masks are being made to supplement the national shortage of N95 masks and to replace the desperation use of bandanas and scarves. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest cloth material […]

Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles after Treatment of Patient with Potential or Confirmed COVID-19

CDC Guidelines Cleaning EMS Transport Vehicles The following are general guidelines from the CDC for cleaning or maintaining EMS transport vehicles and equipment after transporting a PUI: Vehicle Rear Doors Should Remain Open While Cleaning After transporting the patient, leave the rear doors of the transport vehicle open to allow for sufficient air changes to […]

COVID-19 Protocol Update – March 25, 2020: Flowchart Added

We have added a quick reference flowchart breaking down step by step guidance for provider and patient safety, patient assessment and care, and decontamination and containment when caring for a patient with potential COVID-19 infection. Download a hi-res PDF file HERE. Keep in mind this protocol and flowchart may regularly change as we learn and […]

2020 Regional EMS Awards Program – Nomination Deadline Extended: June 1

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Regional EMS Awards program. This regional recognition program honors the exceptional contributions of EMS providers in the Central Shenandoah Valley make to their communities. This regional program consists of 12 categories and one scholarship. Nomination Submission Deadline has been Extended: Award nominations must be […]

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