New! OEMS Mobile App Released

The Office of EMS is pleased to introduce our revamped mobile app.  The improved app maintains all the functionality of the existing mobile app and adds new features to assist Virginia providers with maintaining their certification.  The app is free to download and use.  A Quick Guide for the app can be found here.

As a part of the update, the office has made available several new features which make the app integral to assisting providers with access to key information they need pertaining to their certification and continuing education.

For EMS Providers, new features include:

  • quick access to your digital certification card for scanning continuing education
  • detailed continuing education report to assist you in determining where they are in their recertification cycle
  • agency affiliations so you know what agencies have you on their roster, and
  • access to information about the annual Virginia EMS Symposium

For EMS Educators, new features include all of the above PLUS:

  • quick access to your digital Education Coordinator certification card for scanning continuing education
  • real-time details of your EC certification to include recertification details
  • a list of active and inactive courses which you have announced to the Office, and
  • access to “hours taught” which count toward recertification.


RSAF Grant Cycle Now Open

The Spring 2023 RSAF Grant Cycle is now open and will close on Wednesday March 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

OEMS will accept applications from nonprofit licensed EMS agencies and other Virginia EMS organizations pursuant to § 32.1-111.12 via the EMS Grant Information Funding Tool (E-GIFT).

The financial assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) is a grant program for nonprofit licensed EMS agency or other Virginia emergency medical service organization operating on a nonprofit basis exclusively for the benefit of the general public pursuant to § 32.1-111.12 of the Code of Virginia.

Items eligible for funding include EMS equipment and vehicles, computers, EMS management programs, courses/classes and projects benefiting the recruitment and retention of EMS members.

For more information, visit: RSAF Grants Program

National Preparedness Month: Build a Kit

Building a kit before an emergency will ensure your family is taken care of during and after an emergency or disaster.  Ensuring you have the essential items in place for your family can take worry off yourself when you begin to recover from the effects.  Planning ahead and being prepared prevents additional chaos when dealing with a natural or man-made crisis! #NPM2022 #BeReady

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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.

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Virginia EMS Symposium Registration Closes Friday, Oct. 1!

Don’t Delay, Register Today! Virginia EMS Symposium Registration Closes Friday, Oct. 1!

There’s still time to register for the 2021 Virginia EMS Symposium, offering more than 300 classes and 13 course tracks to help fulfill your continuing education needs. These courses are also applicable for nurses and physicians. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 1, so don’t delay, register today!

Learn more about the Virginia EMS Symposium and register online at:

Free Symposium Registration is Available Courtesy of the EMS for Children (EMSC) Program

The Virginia EMSC program is offering a limited number of full registration awards to cover basic registration for the 2021 Virginia EMS Symposium. To be eligible, you must sign up for at least 3 pediatric-related courses and provide the following information to David  Edwards, Virginia EMSC Coordinator at

EMSC Registration Award Application:
1) Name:
2) Certification Level:
3) Certification Number #:
4) Affiliation:
5) Home Address:
6) Email Address:
7) Phone Number:
8) Registration Invoice #:
9) Short Statement (why you deserve an EMSC registration award):

Please note that the EMSC Symposium Registration Award is available on a first come first serve basis.