EMS Program Representative Position

Would you like to join Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) efforts to become the healthiest state in the country? If so, VDH has the perfect opportunity for you to join the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) work unit!

The Office of Emergency Medical Services is eagerly recruiting for an EMS Program Representative. THIS IS A TELECOMMUTING POSITION which requires the incumbent to work at their residence along with varied hours of operation to accommodate the needs of the customer. The incumbent will also be assigned a state vehicle for the purpose of performing his/her duties. Residency requirement applies and the incumbent MUST reside within 15 air miles of their direct service area. The service area for this position includes the following Eastern Virginia Counties: Accomack, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northampton, Northumberland, Richmond County, & York.

The duties of this position includes but are not limited to the following:
– Serves as the licensing agent of the Office of EMS to provide for the issuance of agency license and vehicle permits. Decisions may affect accreditation, licensure, and the quality of EMS service delivery and funding.
– Schedules and performs random inspections, issues warnings and citations to EMS agencies for documented violations.
– Serves on local, regional and state committees/workgroups/task forces impacting the delivery of EMS.
– In assigned service area, verifies assets acquired by EMS agencies through grant funding.
– Uses independent judgment to render enforcement actions through issuance of warnings and citations without supervisor approval.
– Initiates and conducts complex investigations involving the provision of EMS
– Recommends enforcement action(s) to Supervisor for atypical investigative findings.
– Provides Technical Assistance and serves as subject matter expert. Provides specialized technical assistance and EMS guidance to local governments and EMS agencies to reduce the affect of injury & illness to the citizens and visitors of the Commonwealth.
– Establishes & maintains a field office. — Independently schedules appointments and maintain accurate record of work flow.

Learn more and apply online: https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/219049

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week: April 11-17, 2021

Dear Public Safety Telecommunicator,

April 11-17, 2021 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and recognizes public safety telecommunicators who serve their communities with dedication and professionalism. Emergency Communications Officers provide a vital element of public safety by answering 911 calls, dispatching the appropriate first responders and assisting the caller until help arrives. Their impressive skills, knowledge and experience provide a lifeline to the public and to Emergency Medical Services, Fire and Law Enforcement responders. We especially appreciate Virginia’s telecommunicators for the challenges they endured while serving in their critical role during the pandemic response.

On behalf of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and express our gratitude to the special group of people who “answer the call” for help throughout our Commonwealth.

Thank you,

Gary R. Brown, Director
Virginia Office of EMS

OEMS EPCR Transition Virtual Town Hall – March 25, 2021

The Office of EMS will be hosting a virtual informational town hall session on the transition of the patient care reporting system to the new ESO platform. Feel free to submit any questions you may have regarding this transition.

You must register to participate in this virtual town hall session.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021

Time: 2 – 3: 30 p.m.

Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8097519822814347535


Fatigue Risk Management in EMS

FATIGUE RISK MANAGEMENT IN EMS. Fatigue is a serious problem in EMS that can lead to poor health, burnout, injury and death.  This month’s Health and Safety Infographic focuses on evidence based guidelines to help agencies and providers mitigate the effects of fatigue among EMS personnel. Click here to learn more! Visit www.emsfatigue.org to learn more about fatigue risk management in EMS and http://www.bit.ly/FirstResponderMentalHealthVA for more resiliency resources.

ESO to Provide Software and Services to Virginia EMS Agencies, Fire Departments and Hospitals

In conjunction with Virginia’s EMS System, the Western Virginia EMS Council recently partnered with software and data company ESO to build a comprehensive, statewide network to collect and track healthcare and public safety data from EMS agencies, fire departments and hospitals.

Benefits for Virginia’s EMS agencies, fire departments and hospitals include:

  • State of the art, web-based electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) system for easy access to quickly input data.
  • Detailed analytics to provide insights around injuries, performance and patient outcomes to drive improvement.
  • Full compliance and integration with NEMSIS 3.4 for easy and automatic reporting of data at both the state and national level.
  • Integration with third-party ePCR systems to ensure continuity of data collection and reporting.
  • Expertise, training and consultation to ensure opportunity for success for the state and all agencies.
  • Comprehensive, evidence-based emergency medical system to help reduce death and disability.
  • Real-time insights and data sharing to improve patient outcomes.
  • World-class research and insights to drive clinical change.

The Virginia EMS System and ESO will roll out a broad array of software and services, including cloud-based data capture and reporting software, bidirectional data sharing between EMS and hospitals, and trauma registry software. The system will be live and fully functional for all state agencies by July 1.

To learn more, visit: https://www.eso.com/virginia/.