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.

2022 Symposium Registration Discounted Rate

This year only – Due to the rising cost of gas and inflation, the Virginia Office of EMS is reducing the price of the Virginia EMS Symposium registration by nearly 50 percent – to only $100! We want to do our part to help, and are hopeful that by reducing the registration cost for this premier educational event, that more EMS providers will be able to attend.

This year’s symposium will offer more than 300 classes and various course tracks to help fulfill your continuing education needs. Registration opens in August. More details coming soon. Learn more at: www.vdh.virginia.gov/symposium.

EMS Week 2022

Virginians rely on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to respond to the call for help and to provide quality prehospital care during their greatest time of need. National EMS Week is May 15 – 21, 2022. EMS for Children Day, May 18, focuses on the pediatric patient and the specialized care required when providing treatment to them.

EMS Week recognizes the dedication of 37,758 EMS providers and 564 agencies in Virginia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers have been challenged beyond measure and continue to provide emergency care with the utmost expertise and professionalism. Last year, EMS providers responded to more than 1.59 million calls for help in Virginia, which represents approximately 4,360 incidents per day.

Learn more: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/ems-week-2022/