PARKSLEY — The Eastern Shore of Virginia lost a mainstay of the volunteer firefighting and EMS community. Orris James "Jimmy" Rowley, III, a 44-year member of Parksley Volunteer Fire Company who served in many different roles in the volunteer and first responder community over the decades in a humble, understated manner, died Wednesday December 4 after an illness.
Starting November 7, 2013 and continuing for next 12 months, the Tidewater EMS Council celebrates its 40th anniversary. Each of the next five Response newsletters will feature a decade of local and regional EMS as well as some other historical notes or trends over the years. We also added a history section on this website which archives the historical articles included in the Response newsletter and more. See the "TEMS History" link on the left menu in the "About Tidewater EMS" section. Coming soon on this website will be a photo album and we welcome photo contributions. Happy anniversary, everyone!
The new HRMMRS 2013 WMD Antidote Kit Familiarization Course is now on-line! This course replaces the previous course and reflect the significant changes that were made to the WMD Antidote Kits in May 2013. The new course presentation is 10 minutes in length. Students must review all of the materials posted in the Course Presentation/Student Materials section. Questions from these materials will appear on the final examination.
The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk is working to obtain pediatric trauma center status in expectation of being able to receive and manage severely injured pediatric patients. The preparation has been underway for over a year but several barriers have delayed formal trauma center designation. Planning and preparation continues but an original January 1, 2014 implementation date has been postponed. "Our current trauma triage plan has not changed," says trauma program director Ann Kuhn, MD, "and when we are ready to receive trauma via our EMS partners we will work through the TEMS structure to ensure an organized changeover."
The Virginia Cardiac Technician program began with the graduation of 24 Virginia Beach rescue squad volunteers in 1973. The program, known as the Emergency Coronary Care Program (ECCP), was created by two local physicians before there was a state-level ALS program for emergency medical services.