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"To honor outstanding achievement in emergency medical services."

The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. requests nominations for the annual regional EMS awards program.

Nominations can be submitted here

About the Awards

The purpose of the regional EMS awards program is to recognize outstanding service and contributions to the local, regional or statewide EMS system. Eleven categories, plus an additional high school scholarship award, recognize EMS field providers, EMS instructors, EMS agencies, EMS agency administrators, public safety communications officers, emergency nurses, operational medical directors, EMS health and safety programs, EMS for children programs, emergency preparedness and response and overall excellence in EMS. The regional award categories are consistent with the Governor's EMS Awards program, and regional winners are automatically nominated for the Governor's awards.

  • An EMS provider, EMS agency or private/public organization involved in Emergency Medical Services that exemplifies innovative excellence and advancement in the statewide Virginia Emergency Medical Services system, and that has demonstrated a commitment to an innovation, comprehensive and unified system of Emergency Medical Services throughout the Commonwealth. 

The category name change is the Regional EMS Award for Outstanding EMS Leadership (Formerly Outstanding EMS Administrator).

  • An individual who has demonstrated ability to organize, conduct, manage, problem solve and evaluate within his or her organization and, by exemplary leadership and administrative skills, improve the effectiveness, response and delivery of EMS.


Any person may submit a nomination for any award(s). The person making the nomination should have knowledge of the nominee's qualifications for the specific award category. A nominee's actions need not be extraordinary…consistent and high-quality work on a daily basis is often deserving of special recognition. Many local EMS agencies provide annual awards, and agency leaders should nominate those individuals for regional awards. The nominee must have current licensure or certification in the category in which he or she has been nominated.

We have simplified the regional nomination form to encourage more nominations.  We will research and collect additional information from a nominee as needed. It is helpful but not required for you to send us the nominee's resume or CV and other support items such as letters of support, news articles or other supporting documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Videotapes, audiotapes, and phone calls will be considered by the awards committee. Facsimiles will not be accepted. For more information, call the Tidewater EMS Council, 757-963-0632 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominations or recommendation for an award which is not one of the state awards, such as a lifetime of service, are also accepted by emailing us with nominee and nominator information, and reasons for the nomination, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Such awards may be granted by the regional awards committee at their discretion with appropriate recognition.


The deadline to submit the 2023 nominations is 5 pm March 31, 2023

Selection Process

An awards selection committee appointed by the Tidewater EMS Council’s Board of Directors will select award recipients. Members of the awards committee are not eligible to receive an award. The Criteria and Eligibility information will be used to evaluate nominations for each of the award categories. Persons submitting nominations are urged to consider these criteria. The selection committee or staff may correspond directly with nominees in order to obtain additional eligibility and supporting information. The awards committee reviews the nominations and supporting documentation and selects award recipients in all categories. The selection committee's decisions are final. All nominees will receive certificates of recognition; award recipients will receive a specially engraved award and individual awardees will also receive an award ribbon.

Presentation of Awards - May 20, 2023 as part of the Tidewater Healthcare Education Expo in Chesapeake, VA


Please call (757) 963-0632 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Governor’s EMS Awards

Only regional winners will be judged at the state level in the Governor’s EMS Awards program.

The State EMS Advisory Board’s EMS Awards Selection Committee will review and recommend Governor's award winners from among the first-place winners in each of the eleven regional EMS councils' competition. The state committee will forward its recommendations to the Governor for final selection and presentation during the annual EMS Symposium in November.

An EMS Advisory Board Merit Award may be given to an exceptionally outstanding nominee who did not meet all of the eligibility requirements for the Governor’s Award but deserved special recognition. If none of the applicants in a category meets the awards criteria, the Committee can nominate someone. If the Committee feels a nominee best fits another category, it may contact the nominator or Regional EMS Council to discuss making this change.

Award Submission Recommendations:

5 “W”s of Nominating

  • WHO is being nominated
  • An in-depth WHY you are nominating this person or agency. Be SPECIFIC in WHY you are nominating this agency or individual
  • WHAT merits the nomination
  • WHEN the activities occurred
  • WHERE the person is from (agency/organization)

“Joe is a really good guy who deserves this award”


“Joe worked tirelessly during the multivehicle accident to ensure that there was adequate coverage by outside agencies”


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