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Lodging | Free Symposium Parking | Rescue Camps | Special Events | Important Symposium Policies


Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Symposium rate: $89/night*
For reservations call 757-627-4200
Toll free: 800-874-0264

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
777 Waterside Drive 23510
Symposium rate: $89/night*
For reservations call 757-622-6664
Toll free: 800-325-3535

Courtyard Marriott
520 Plume Street
Symposium rate: $89/night*
For reservations call 757-963-6000

Residence Inn Marriott
227 W. Brambleton Ave. 23510
Symposium rate: $89/night*
For reservations call 757-842-6216
Toll free: 866-941-3724

*Be sure to ask for the EMS Symposium state per diem rate when making your reservation at these hotels. Bring your provider i.d. card, as you may be asked for it upon check in to receive the special rate. The state per diem rate will be adjusted in September, so hotel rates may be subject to change.

For assistance in locating other hotels, please contact the Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-368-3097. Also note that the City of Norfolk charges a room tax of 14 percent plus $2/day for lodging.

Please note that symposium attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. If you need special accommodations, please call the hotel where you have made reservations. The Office of EMS is unable to make special accommodations for you.

Free Symposium Parking

Symposium participants can park at no charge for the entire symposium at the Harbor Park baseball stadium parking lot. Harbor Park is about four blocks from the Marriott and offers plenty of safe, lighted parking. Harbor Park parking permits will be available at the parking information booth located in the symposium registration area of the Marriott. You will receive a parking permit to display on your dashboard, which can only be used at Harbor Park for the duration of symposium.

A shuttle service is being provided to take people from the Harbor Park lot to the Sheraton and the Marriott. Below is the schedule for the shuttle bus:

Wednesday & Thursday - 6:15 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday - 6:15 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday - 6:15 a.m. -2 p.m.

The Norfolk Trolley, also called the NET, is no longer in service. To get from Harbor Park back downtown you can walk or ride The Tide transit bus, which is $3.50 round trip/1-day or $1.75 one-way. For more information visit

Please note that free parking does NOT include the parking garages. Free parking only applies to the designated area in the Harbor Park baseball stadium parking lot. More information will be available on site.

Youth Rescue Camps

Rescue Camp for youth is a fast paced and fun-filled session for children ages 8 - 12. Training covers CPR, water rescue, basic first aid, personal safety, as well as ropes and repelling. Rescue Camp is sponsored by the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS). Youth Rescue Camp is limited to 25 children.

Youth classes meet from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. There is a $25 fee per child attending the rescue camps. Be sure to register while filling out your symposium registration form.

Special Events

Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise

Join us as we celebrate Spirit Night with a special dinner cruise on the Elizabeth River. On Wednesday, November 9, the Virginia Office of EMS has organized a Spirit or Norfolk dinner cruise, which will be available to all symposium registrants and guests.

Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony and Reception

On Saturday, Nov. 12, join us in celebrating the Commonwealth’s 2016 Governor’s EMS Award presentation. There is no charge for this event and everyone is invited to attend. We’ll have the EMS Memorial Tribute and the presentation of the awards.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program runs from 6 - 8 p.m. Dinner will be served and limited banquet-style seating will be available.

Special Events Flyer - information on all special events during the 2016 EMS Symposium

Important Symposium Policies

Cancellations - The symposium registration fee will be refunded if requested in writing and received at the Virginia EMS Symposium office by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. A $25 processing fee is charged for all cancellations.

No Smoking - All symposium activities, classes, exhibits and hallways are designated strictly non-smoking. Smoking is only allowed out of the conference center. Also, please refrain from using other tobacco products in class.

No Children in Classes - In order to reduce classroom distractions, children and infants are not permitted in symposium classes.

No Admittance if Late to Class - You must be in class for the entire time designated to earn your CEUs. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted.

Last Updated: 11-01-2016

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