Hold Up and Buckle Up

Hold Up and Buckle Up: It only takes a second, but making sure everyone in the ambulance is buckled up and equipment is secured can save lives and prevent serious injury. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 84% of EMS providers were not properly buckled up and only 33% of patients were properly secured with both lap and shoulder restraints during ambulance crashes. Click here to check out this month’s Health and Safety Infographic to learn more about best practices for maximizing safety for you and your patients while riding in an ambulance.

For additional information on Provider Health and Safety topics, visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/health-and-safety-bulletins/.

Fiber: The Forgotten Hero of Human Health

Fiber: The Forgotten Hero of Human Health Fiber is an important, but often overlooked nutrient that has a multitude of health benefits. Not only does it aid digestive health, but fiber is also crucial for preventing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and even mood disorders. However, more than 97% of men and 90% of women in the United States fail to meet the recommended daily fiber intake. Are you getting enough fiber in your diet?

 Visit bit.ly/CDCFiber for more information and resources about a healthy diet.

For additional information on Provider Health and Safety topics, visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/emergency-medical-services/health-and-safety-bulletins/.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 10-16, 2022

April 11, 2022

Dear Public Safety Telecommunicator,

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week is April 10-16, and it recognizes the 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, patience and experience provide a lifeline to the public and to our EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement responders.

The events of the last few years have clearly shown how vital telecommunicators are in protecting and serving the public. Citizens in the past who may not have been aware, have come to realize that telecommunicators are in fact “The First, First Responders!”

On behalf of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and express sincere gratitude to this special group of public safety telecommunicators who answer the call for help 24/7 throughout the Commonwealth.


Gary Brown, Director
Virginia Office of EMS

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