Feel the Burn

FEEL THE BURN: November’s Health and safety infographic highlights the importance of physical activity for first responders.  Did you know approximately half of the adults in the United States do not get the physical activity they need to help reduce and prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer? Getting enough physical activity is critical to first responders experiencing a better quality of life and remaining resilient throughout their careers.

Visit bit.ly/PhysicalActivity4Health for more info and resources about physical activity to help you feel and be your best!

For more Health and Safety topics for EMS providers, visit: Health and Safety Infographics.

Virginia EMS Symposium Safety Guidelines

October 4, 2021

Virginia EMS Symposium attendee,

We are so excited to be hosting our annual Virginia EMS Symposium this year after taking a year hiatus due to the pandemic. As we continue to prepare for this event, we would like to share a few safety guidelines that will be in place for all attendees to follow. Our goal is to host this event in the safest way possible by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state guidelines. Your adherence to the guidelines listed below is critical for the safety and success of this event.

  • Proof of vaccination status OR a negative COVID-19 test result is required to attend this event. Please be prepared to submit your COVID-19 vaccination card OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken no more than ten (10) days before the start of this event date (Nov. 3, 2021.) This will be required for all registrants and vendors to attend. Anyone who is unable to provide this information will have their symposium registration cancelled. More information about how to submit this documentation will be forthcoming.

  • Masks are required to be worn by all event participants for the duration of this event. This includes all indoor spaces, classrooms, vendor hall, during special events and in any common areas, unless it is a designated eating area.

    Masks shall be worn properly, to completely cover the nose and mouth.If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you at symposium registration check in on the third floor of the Marriott hotel. Hand sanitizer will also be provided at check in for your use.

    If you refuse to wear your mask you will be asked to leave and your symposium registration will be revoked.

  • All event attendees must maintain social distance when in the classroom, vendor hall, during special events and in common areas of the symposium event space, which includes all three hotels that are hosting this event (the Marriott, Hilton and Sheraton.)Gathering in groups is strictly prohibited. There will be designated areas that are set for social distancing where attendees can eat breakfast and snack items; but eating, gathering and socializing in undesignated areas will be strictly prohibited for the safety of our attendees.

    In designated eating areas, tables will be spaced out and seating will be limited. We will be working closely with the hotel facilities to ensure these safety measures are in place.

  • Classroom seating will be set up to accommodate social distancing and the exact number of attendees registered. Please do not attend any classes you have not signed up for.

    If you need assistance with your schedule, please visit the third floor registration desk in the Marriott hotel.

    Please do not move or add any chairs in the classrooms as they have been spaced to provide social distancing. Everyone must be seated in a chair and standing will be prohibited.

Any attendee who disregards these safety guidelines will be asked to leave and their symposium registration will be revoked.

Together, we can make this a safe and enjoyable educational experience for everyone. We thank you for your understanding and adherence to these guidelines.

For additional questions about these guidelines and the Virginia EMS Symposium, please email the Virginia Office of EMS at emstechasst@vdh.virginia.gov.


Gary Brown, Director
Virginia Office of EMS

National Preparedness Month: Week 4 – Teach Youth About Preparedness

Being prepared for disasters starts at home. As a parent, guardian, or other family member, you have an important role to play when it comes to helping children be prepared in case disaster strikes. Visit www.ready.gov/kids for additional tools and information to help kids before, during and after disasters.

National Preparedness Month: Week 3 – Protect Your Family & Property From Disaster

Being prepared for a disaster may mean the difference between a quick recovery and years of difficulty and financial challenges. Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Document your property and check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.

Visit www.ready.gov/be-informed for more info and resources about low-cost to no-cost preparedness steps you can take to be ready for disasters.

#PrepareToProtect #BeReady