2022 Governor’s EMS Award Recipients Announced at 42nd Annual Virginia EMS Symposium

On Saturday, November 12, the 2022 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award recipients were announced during the 42nd Annual Virginia EMS Symposium and Governor’s EMS Awards ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. These awards, given in Governor Glenn Youngkin’s name, recognize EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their outstanding level of excellence and dedication to the EMS system. Learn more: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/2022-governors-ems-award-recipients-announced-at-42nd-annual-virginia-ems-symposium/

Important Updates Regarding Hurricane Nicole and Impacts in Virginia

The remnants of Hurricane Nicole are approaching Virginia, and impacts may begin as early as this evening, Thursday through Friday night. Along with wind and rain, there is an increased risk of tornadic activity across the Commonwealth. Please take a few moments and review the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s (VDEM) page on tornadoes and what to do before and during a tornado:


If you are attending the Virginia Office of EMS Symposium, please make sure that you remain weather aware and are monitoring the weather through your preferred app. The Virginia Office of EMS will notify attendees of the 2022 Virginia EMS Symposium by email and social media if there are any changes to the symposium event schedule.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country.

On July 16, 2022, the U.S. will transition to using the 988-dialing code. 988 is more than just an easy-to-remember number—it’s a 24/7, free and confidential direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. Spread the word today!

To learn more about 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988

Drone and Public Safety Webinar

Public Safety OPS are being transformed by Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS).  Virginia Fire Chiefs Association (VFCA) and DRONERESPONDERS are partnering to present an hour long webinar to share the latest information on UAS and be open for questions.

This webinar will provide information on the vast resources available to help new and existing UAS programs.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar on Drones and Public Safety.

When: Aug 18, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Drones and the Fire Service provided FREE by the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and DRONERESPONDERS

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m-hfgkxSRYSqun1oJk68NA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.