Virginia EMS Blog

EMS Data Submission Compliance Reports Now Posted on the OEMS Website

The Division of Trauma and Critical Care within the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) has just released the EMS Data Submission Compliance Reports for October 2019*.  The reports are generated each month and are provided to the Director of OEMS, the Division of Regulation and Compliance and the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) grants program.

The data in the report was compiled from records as of October 2019. This first report does not contain information regarding data dictionary compliance.* 

When reviewing this report, please be aware of the following:
No shading – In Compliance
Blue shading – Missing required demographics data
Orange shading – Submitted non-compliant data
Gray shading – Missing required demographics data and submitted non-compliant data

For assistance correcting your agency’s data compliance scores, contact OEMS support:
Phone: 804-888-9149

For more information about the EMS Data Submission Compliance Reports, visit:

2020 Virginia EMS Symposium Call for Presentations is OPEN!

The 41st Annual Virginia EMS Symposium, Nov. 11 – 15, 2020, is one of the nation’s premier educational opportunities for EMS providers and Registered Nurses to obtain continuing education. Each year, more than 1,600 registrants choose from 360 different programs over the 5-day event. National and local educators participate to make this event one of the top prehospital educational opportunities in the country. Please note that due to costs, all out-of-state speakers are expected to present a minimum of four 1 hour classes or the equivalent. Virginia speakers should expect to do two classes at a minimum. The deadline to submit is Jan. 31, 2020. Learn More and Submit Your Presentations Today! >>

OEMS Welcomes Renowned Educator Bob Page

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) welcomes Bob Page to our team as a Statewide Continuing Education (CE) Educator.  Bob, who lives in Virginia, will be working in collaboration with the Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education and our Local CE Educators across the Commonwealth to provide CAT 1 CE programs to all licensed EMS agencies at no charge.

Bob will continue to offer those classes for which he is famous, however it is our goal and Bob’s wish that we transition Virginia CAT 1 CE courses from the traditional classroom format to focus more on simulation and real-life scenario-based training.  As such, Bob will be developing new courses, as well as adapting some of his existing classes to this new format.

Following his onboarding at the OEMS, we will post Bob’s state email and phone number to this page on our website:

Bob will be responsible for scheduling all training that he is conducting.  The OEMS and Bob will ensure that the training is fairly and adequately distributed across Virginia.

All training conducted by Bob will require the host training site to be open to providers from across the Commonwealth.  Bob will use Eventbrite as the ticketing agent for the programs he offers in order to ensure fairness to everyone and to guarantee every participant a seat in the session.

In addition to offering simulation and real-life scenario-based training in the field, Bob will also oversee the development of a new, interactive hour-long replacement program for the old monthly EMSAT broadcasts.  The OEMS is aiming to bring this new—yet to be named—program online in January 2020.  The programs will be conducted via webinar, making use of the existing EMSAT Host Sites.  Tracie Jones, in the Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education will coordinate with Bob to ensure Host Sites receive the necessary access credentials to view the program.  CE for these programs will be recorded initially by paper-based CE cards, but will transition to electronic reporting over the next six months.

We are pleased to welcome Bob to the OEMS and we look forward to offering quality simulation and real-life, scenario-based, CAT 1 CE programming to Virginia EMS agencies and providers for years to come.


New Process for Virginia Office of EMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks – Deadline to utilize new process is January 1, 2020

New Process for Virginia Office of EMS Fingerprint-Based Background Checks
Deadline to utilize new process is January 1, 2020

All EMS agency personnel (career, volunteer, certified, non-certified [drivers/auxiliary] and Operational Medical Directors) are required by Virginia Administrative Code 12VAC5-31-540 to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check, no more than 60 days prior to the individual’s affiliation with the EMS agency.

Starting January 1, 2020, the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) will be utilizing the state contractor FieldPrint to collect and submit electronic fingerprints for regulatory required background checks.

To submit your fingerprints, please visit the Virginia Office of EMS website, select the Regulation & Compliance Division, then select the Fingerprint Submission tab. Then, you’ll answer a couple quick and simple questions to obtain your appropriate FieldPrint code. Next, follow the onscreen link to FieldPrint and schedule your appointment to submit your fingerprints.

FieldPrint assures that all areas of the Commonwealth are within 40 miles of a FieldPrint location. Should a FieldPrint location not be close enough or has limited operating hours, you can apply for an exception to receive and return a ink and paper fingerprint card completed by your local law enforcement agency, via FieldPrint. Please contact the Regulation and Compliance Division at 804-888-9130 for further instructions, PRIOR to scheduling your FieldPrint appointment.

EMS Agencies do not have to wait until January 1, 2020 to begin using this process. Agencies can now begin using this process; however, all agencies MUST utilize this new process by January 1, 2020. 

40th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium Event Recap

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) recently hosted the 40th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk, Va. The largest EMS training event in the state, and one of the largest in the country, welcomed more than 1,700 registered attendees. The symposium offered 13 course tracks and more than 400 courses, covering everything from hands-on training in trauma, medical and cardiac care to education for pediatrics, operations, and health and safety.

Approximately 23,462 hours of continuing education (CE) credits were issued to EMS providers attending the symposium. New this year, the symposium offered three general sessions, which featured hot topics and renowned educators, along with veteran, celebrity and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez. This event also featured two exhibit halls with more vendor space than ever before! The “VA EMS Symposium” mobile app for Apple and Android devices was also available for download. It included class schedules, course evaluations, important updates, on-site event information and more.

The symposium had something for everyone, including a two-day youth and teen rescue camp for children ages 8 – 17. These rescue camps taught basic lifesaving skills, CPR, water rescue, personal safety, wilderness search and rescue and more. On Saturday, Nov. 9, we recognized excellence in EMS at the Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony and banquet, which featured Keynote Speaker Randolph Mantooth from the television show “Emergency!” View the 2019 Governor’s EMS Award winners here.

Many thanks to the entire OEMS staff whose assistance and dedication make the symposium a continued success. This remarkable training event wouldn’t be possible without all of our devoted committee members, volunteers, organizational partners, sponsors and attendees! We appreciate everything you do to help us bring this training event to the Commonwealth year after year. Thanks also to the city of Norfolk for hosting us! We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s event.

Save the date for the 41st Annual Virginia EMS Symposium – Nov. 11- 15, 2020.

The 2020 Virginia EMS Symposium Call for Presentations is OPEN! – Submit a presentation here.