Virginia EMS Blog

EMSC Survey

The Virginia EMS for Children (EMSC) Program is conducting its Annual EMS Agency Data Collection Survey. This survey relates to National EMSC Performance Measures EMSC 02 and EMSC 03. Invitations to this online survey were sent to EMS agencies that respond to 911 calls, using the “on-file” email addresses of Virginia EMS Agency leaders, on January 6. Please visit, emscsurveys.org to verify if a survey has been submitted by your agency. The deadline to respond is March 19, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Edwards, Virginia EMS for Children Coordinator, at David.Edwards@vdh.virginia.gov.

Healthy Heart Living

HEALTHY HEART LIVING. February is American Heart Month. Did you know that heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women? This month’s Health and Safety Infographic focuses on understanding what increases your risk of heart disease and healthy heart habits that can help you maximize your heart’s health! Click here to view the infographic.

To learn more about how to better take care of your heart, visit bit.ly/HealthyHeartMonth2021.

First Responders Against Human Trafficking

As we close out National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Virginia Office of EMS has launched the First Responders Against Human Trafficking webpage. Did you know that 50 – 88% of trafficked persons use medical services at some point during their exploitation? This means there is a high likelihood you will encounter human trafficking on the job and have the opportunity to make a difference. The goal of the page is to provide first responders the information, resources and training they need to help combat human trafficking and help set captives free. Check out bit.ly/FirstResponderAgainstHumanTrafficking to learn more!

WVEMS Council Names New Executive Director

December 11, 2020 – After an exhaustive search and lengthy interview process, the Executive Committee of the Western Virginia EMS Council announces the hiring of Stephen G. Simon as its next executive director, effective in early March 2021.

Steve currently serves as Chief of the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, a position he has held since 2015. He has worked for the department since 1994, and recently announced his retirement.

Steve will replace Robert Logan, who has held the executive director position since 1995. Logan will retire in March.

Simon’s first day in the Council’s executive director role is set for March 8. “We welcome Steve aboard, and look forward to his leadership and participation following Rob Logan’s long tenure with the Council,” said Council President Mike Jefferson.

For more information, please contact WVEMS Council Executive Director, Robert Logan at (540) 400‐1243 or email logan@vaems.org.