An Update from the Virginia Office of EMS – April 5, 2024

We are excited to announce that the Director of the Office of EMS (OEMS) position has been posted. We are inviting the EMS stakeholders of Virginia to share this posting within your networks both across the Commonwealth and nationally. Read the full update.

Changes to Virginia EMS Drug Box Exchange Program

Virginia’s Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), in coordination with leadership of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), have been actively working to advocate for Virginia’s EMS providers and agencies throughout the current discussion on the state’s drug box exchange program. This memo is meant to inform you on the current status of drug box exchange in the Commonwealth, provide solutions for your consideration, and to assure you that we at OEMS are continuing to stay abreast of the changes to keep you properly informed.

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National Registry Recertification Guidance

Each year as we get close to Registry recertification season, the ACE Division updates and publishes a guide on the OEMS website which details an express option for Registry certified providers to complete their online National Registry Recertification application. This guide can be found at:

It includes step-by-step instructions on recertification, both with screenshots or without. The guide is updated each year, however maintaining up-to-date screenshots due to tweaks and changes Registry makes to its website, can be a challenge. The basic guidance in the document is sound, even with the changes Registry has made to their website.

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Virginia Office of EMS Update – Feb. 14, 2024

We’ve got some important updates to share with you as we continue to improve the operations and financial standing of the Office of EMS. Collaborating and communicating with our partners in the EMS community is an essential part of this process. We want to keep you informed as we continue to accomplish our goals within the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) and throughout the state.

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Virginia Office of EMS Update

2024 EMS Officer I Course Offerings

EMS Officer I Course Offerings

Please click the link for more information about a scheduled EMSO I course. For additional information, visit: