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Former Beach EMS Chief receives Governor's Excellence Award

Bruce Edwards Governors Excellence Award 2017Bruce W. Edwards, retired chief of the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, received the 2017 Governor's Award for Excellence in EMS, the state's highest EMS honor, on November 11 in Norfolk during the annual Virginia EMS Symposium awards program.

After 49 years of service Bruce W. Edwards retired from the position of EMS Chief in Virginia Beach in 2016. He started as a volunteer with the Ocean Parks Rescue Squad in 1967 and went on to build one of the most innovative and agile Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in the country.

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TEMS seeking regional sanctioning specialists

The Tidewater EMS Council is looking for a few high quality, experienced paramedics who can schedule and administer oral board interviews on behalf of the council.  We prefer a TEMS sanctioned, currently practicing Virginia and/or National Registry certified Paramedic, but will also consider EMT-Intermediate, with at least 5 years of experience. The anticipated 6-10 hours per month are flexible but interviews must be scheduled at the convenience of medical directors and EMS agency representatives. Local travel with your own dependable transportation is required. If interested please submit a completed TEMS application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 17.

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CHKD now a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

CHKDThe Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk obtained conditional Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center designation by the Virginia Department of Health. In anticipation of this approval following a successful site visit in late July, the council’s Trauma Triage and OMD Committees revised and approved revisions to the Tidewater EMS Prehospital and Inter-Hospital Regional Trauma Triage Plan. The change is primarily the addition of CHKD to page 13 of the plan as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. For purposes of the regional plan, pediatric patients are those less than 15 years of age. The services include burn treatment as well. CHKD announced they will initiate the Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center services on October 2, 2017. EMS providers should immediately utilize CHKD as a destination for pediatric patients who meet criteria defined in the regional trauma triage plan (see pages 5-8). Facilities should utilize CHKD for transfers for pediatric patients with a trauma score less than or equal to 6 (see pages 9 and 10).

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What is the agenda for 2050?

EMS 2050 logoThe first regional meeting for The EMS Agenda 2050 to discuss the Straw Man Document created by a panel of subject matter experts (SME’s) was held on September 26, 2017 in Silver Spring, MD. The EMS Agenda 2050 is very public and intended to be as inclusive as possible, literally anyone can provide comment on the Straw Man Document or the process by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or using the link at the bottom of this article. The author, Chesapeake Paramedic Alan Perry, participated in the meeting and brings forward his observations.

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Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Holiday - Office Closed
Thu Nov 23 @12:00AM
Thanksgiving Holiday - Office Closed
Fri Nov 24 @12:00AM
Joint PEMS & TEMS OMD Committee Meeting
Wed Dec 06 @12:00PM - 04:00PM
EMS Medical Operations Committee - TEMS
Wed Dec 13 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Board of Directors - TEMS
Thu Dec 14 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Education Workgroup Meeting
Wed Dec 20 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM
TEMS Quarterly Drug/IV Box Inventory
Wed Dec 20 @ 4:30PM - 04:31PM
Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
Fri Dec 22 @12:00AM
Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
Fri Dec 22 @12:00AM
Christmas Holiday - Office Closed
Mon Dec 25 @12:00AM

Upcoming Classes

NIMS ICS 400
Wed Nov 29 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Performance Improvement Workshop - Round 2
Wed Nov 29 @ 1:00PM - 04:00PM
NIMS ICS 400
Thu Nov 30 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
Sat Dec 02 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Critical Incident Stress Management Training - TEMS
Sat Dec 02 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
Sun Dec 03 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Hot Topics OMD Update Training
Wed Dec 06 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Consolidated Testing @EVMS 12/12/2017
Tue Dec 12 @ 6:00PM -
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Sat Jan 13 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
Advanced Medical Life Support
Sun Jan 14 @ 8:00AM - 04:00PM
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