Northern Virginia EMS Council

Northern Virginia EMS Council This page is designed to disseminate information to the supporters of the Northern Virginia EMS Council (NVEMSC) Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council was established in 1980.

The Council is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit public agency, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils that serve specific geographic areas of the Commonwealth. The council is charged with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system. Our mission at Northern Virginia EMS Council is to improve emergency medical care in Northern Virginia. We are an integral part of Virginia’s comprehensive EMS system, collaborating with the office of EMS, local government officials, physicians, hospitals, and EMS agencies to plan and coordinate EMS activities at the regional level to promote quality of care. We are the local point of contact and support for all stakeholders in the Northern Virginia Regional EMS system. We are here to assist in resolving issues whenever possible and make appropriate referrals on specific matters as needed. The Council has a full-time staff of two, a part-time staff of two and a voluntary Board of Directors. The Council assists in the planning and coordination of the region’s emergency medical services to ensure that the best emergency care possible is available, facilitates public EMS needs, and assists EMS agencies with funding opportunities. In addition, we support the emergency providers themselves, providing an opportunity for education, testing, and recognition. We also work with the local community, supporting educational outreach and training needs. The Northern Virginia Region has a population of over 2.5 million and includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park; and the Metro Washington Airports Authority (Reagan National and Washington Dulles International Airports), the Pentagon and other Federal and state agencies, numerous corporate headquarters, and endless highways and commuter routes. This 1,338 square mile region extends from very urban to very rural areas. Our region is considered part of the National Capital Region and interacts on a daily basis with the EMS systems in Washington, DC, and Maryland. Serving the Northern Virginia Region are 11 hospitals, over 50 EMS agencies (government, volunteer, federal, non-profit, commercial, and industrial), over 4,700 EMS providers, almost 500 licensed EMS vehicles, 4 licensed medevac helicopter agencies (2 in Northern VA and 2 from Washington, DC), and one fixed wing agency. Providing coordination and oversight to this very large and complex EMS system is the Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council.

Mission: Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council was established in 1980. The Council is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit public agency, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils that serve specific geographic areas of the Commonwealth. The council is charged with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system. Our mission at Northern Virginia EMS Council is to improve emergency medical care in Northern Virginia. We are an integral part of Virginia’s comprehensive EMS system, collaborating with the office of EMS, local government officials, physicians, hospitals, and EMS agencies to plan and coordinate EMS activities at the regional level to promote quality of care within Planning District 8. We are the local point of contact and support for all stakeholders in the Northern Virginia Regional EMS system. We are here to assist in resolving issues whenever possible and make appropriate referrals on specific matters as needed. Serving the Northern Virginia Region are 11 hospitals, over 50 EMS agencies (government, volunteer, federal, non-profit, commercial, and industrial), over 4,700 EMS providers, almost 500 licensed EMS vehicles, 4 licensed medevac helicopter agencies (2 in Northern VA and 2 from Washington, DC), and one fixed-wing agency. Providing coordination and oversight to this very large and complex EMS system is the Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council.

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Vacancy Announcement: INTERNAL INVESTIGATOR / PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OFFICER - Loudoun County
10/19/2020
Vacancy Announcement: INTERNAL INVESTIGATOR / PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OFFICER - Loudoun County

Vacancy Announcement: INTERNAL INVESTIGATOR / PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OFFICER - Loudoun County

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue is seeking qualified applicants for a regular, full-time position as an Internal Investigator/Professional Standards Officer. This position is under the direction of the Chief of the System and conducts investigations for the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue Sys...

10/02/2020

Ashes2Art Launches Website!

“Art Washes Away From the Soul the Dust of Everyday Life”
~Pablo Picasso

"The idea for Ashes2Art developed after Kathy Sullivan, a Virginia artist with a master’s degree in art therapy, was seated on a plane next to firefighters who were returning from a conference. The conversation included talk of the stress firefighters experience in their jobs, and Sullivan realized that art could be part of the support network for first responders.

Sullivan emphasizes that the program is not intended as therapy but rather “just promoting creativity, to counterbalance the negative.” Sessions are open-ended and may run a few hours. They are also limited to around a dozen participants. There is usually some direction or structure given for each project, but otherwise first responders are encouraged to go wherever their creative impulses take them."

Ashes2Art started in coordination with Fairfax County Fire & Rescue, but has since become an independent non-profit organization that offers services to agencies and first responders throughout the region. “It’s available to anybody who’s interested,” says Sullivan, who offers her support and services on a completely volunteer basis, and art supplies are donated, so there is no cost for those who participate in the program.

Currently, the organization is operating under the umbrella of Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council. George Mason University has recently committed to partnering to do research about the physiological effect of art on stress management.

The organization launched its official website today at www.ashes2art.org. Sullivan hopes that the program can become a national presence to help first responders deal with work-related stress.

Follow them on Facebook and Instragram also!

https://www.facebook.com/Firstresponderffx/

https://www.instagram.com/ashes2artprogram/

City of Manassas Fire Rescue Department
09/30/2020

City of Manassas Fire Rescue Department

Application period for ALS Firefighters closes on 10/30/2020. Visit us at www.manassascity.org/fire for more information.

*Candidates must be certified upon hire*

#501things #521things #cmfrd #manassasbureauoffire

Inova and the Northern Virginia EMS Council are teaming up to further stroke education in our community. Check out the f...
09/25/2020

Inova and the Northern Virginia EMS Council are teaming up to further stroke education in our community. Check out the first of several B.E.F.A.S.T. collages below. More photos to follow, perhaps with some of your firefighter and paramedic friends. Please share this on all your social media accounts so that we can get the word out. BE diligent —Recognize the signs and call 911 FAST.

Our Inova Stroke team members want our community to be #StrokeAware! Did you know that strokes are a leading cause of disabilities in the U.S.?

Learn #BEFAST, so you can recognize the symptoms of a stroke. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Balance: Loss of balance
Eyes: Loss of vision
Face: Facial drooping
Arms: Arm weakness
Speech: Speech slurring
Time: Call 9-1-1 now!

Visit us at inova.org/stroke.

#WellnessWednesday #StrokeAwareness

Watch tonight’s WJLA7 segment on the FACT*R Blood Program and the use of whole body products in the field in Northern Vi...
09/25/2020
Crash that killed mom of 3 inspires EMS blood program that's saving lives in Virginia

Watch tonight’s WJLA7 segment on the FACT*R Blood Program and the use of whole body products in the field in Northern Virginia!

There is also a critical need for O Positive blood still, but all blood types are always welcome! Call 1-800-BLOODSAVES to schedule an appointment! heroes Give Blood, Be a Hero and Donate Today!

Inova Blood Donor Services
Arlington County Fire Department
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue

#HeroesGiveBlood #EMSExcellence

Three years ago, a bus that was converted into a food truck slammed into Erin Kaplan's car. The 39-year old mother of three died. Kaplan's kids, and her mother, were trapped in the car along Evergreen Mills Road in Loudoun County. “There was a small amount of blood on the scene from the helico...

Coming up at 6pm tonight on ABC Channel 7, the Whole Blood Program in Northern Virginia!#HeroesGiveBlood
09/24/2020

Coming up at 6pm tonight on ABC Channel 7, the Whole Blood Program in Northern Virginia!

#HeroesGiveBlood

Arlington County Fire Department transfused blood yesterday morning to a traumatic patient, stabilized the patient, and ...
09/22/2020

Arlington County Fire Department transfused blood yesterday morning to a traumatic patient, stabilized the patient, and saved a life. #EMSExcellence Join the Whole Blood Brigade Today and give blood at the nearest Inova Blood Donor Center. #heroesgiveblood.

Although hospitals are seeing fewer heart attack and stroke patients, that doesn’t mean those events are on the decline....
09/22/2020
Knocking down fears, myths and misinformation about calling 911 in the pandemic

Although hospitals are seeing fewer heart attack and stroke patients, that doesn’t mean those events are on the decline.

Recent statistics suggest people aren’t calling 911, or they are delaying or avoiding critical care.

But that’s dangerous — and possibly deadly. Heart disease and stroke are still the world’s leading causes of death. If you’re hesitant to seek care in an emergency, let’s see if we can put some of your doubts to rest.

Don't Die of Doubt! See more information here on knocking down fears, myths, and misinformation about calling 911 in the pandemic. https://tinyurl.com/y4zy8nms

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Inova Blood Donor Services
09/18/2020

Inova Blood Donor Services

Critical Usage - O Positive Blood Donors Needed Now.

Due to ongoing severe traumas across our region today, we will be shipping all available O Positive blood to treat trauma patients.

If you have an appointment to donate today tomorrow, and Sunday and are O Positive - we are asking you to please keep your appointment to donate.

If you are O Positive and are eligible to donate, please contact us at 1-866-BLOODSAVES to make your lifesaving donation.

Arlington County Fire Department
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Loudoun County Fire and Rescue
Northern Virginia EMS Council

09/17/2020
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Join us in congratulating all of our 2020 Regional EMS Award winners. by watching this virtual award ceremony.
Never Forget, #EMSExcellence looks back at you in the mirror every morning. Thank you to all our emergency responders.

https://youtu.be/dq3qfi0AQqE

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Congratulations Paramedic Sam Neglia, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, winner of the 2020 Northern VA Regional EMS Award...
09/17/2020

Congratulations Paramedic Sam Neglia, Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, winner of the 2020 Northern VA Regional EMS Award for Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider!

Sam Neglia is a retired federal law enforcement Special Agent who has continued his public life in the service of others by volunteering with the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad. In the brief 10 years that Sam has been with the Company, he has transitioned from a BLS provider to Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic and has completed course and certification for Critical Care Flight Medic and Tactical Medic. Sam's dedication to prehospital care knows no boundaries and he involves himself tirelessly in any effort that enhances service delivery with the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS) and the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System.
At the local level within SVRS, Sam is currently an operational Lieutenant and serves administratively as the Company's President. He is active in all facets of the Company's activities. In addition to his regular 12-hour shift each week, Sam is the first to respond to anyone that needs ALS coverage and frequently fills in on shifts that are short of ALS coverage. It is not unusual for Sam to run 3-4 shifts each week. In 2019 Sam contributed over 1200 hours of operational duty hours and countless additional hours supporting the efforts that he is engaged in. Sam is an ALS preceptor and in addition to precepting ALS providers within SVRS, he will frequently assist other EMS Companies who have ALS providers in preceptorship but no available preceptors. Sam's commitment to EMS extends to the larger system that is the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, where he has been leading initiatives in operational response readiness, advances in tactical equipment, training and techniques for use by fire and EMS providers that enhance their response to active shooter and other critical incidents. Sam has also pioneered technology upgrades that facilitate drug calculations in the field.

The true level of Sam's dedication was put to the test earlier this spring when Sam was exposed to a positive COVID-19 patient on a call in late March 2020. The patient was not outwardly symptomatic and Sam and his crew were using PPE under the guidelines at the time, but four days later Sam became symptomatic and rapidly developed symptoms of such significance that he required hospitalization in the ICU at INOVA Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, VA where he was placed on a ventilator, fighting for his life for over 10 days. Sam's condition began to change after the administration of convalescent plasma, experimental treatment in the war against COVID-19. Showing continued improvement, Sam was discharged from the hospital after 28 days on May 12, 2020. Sam's focus and motivation through his recovery continue to be an inspiration as he strives to return to his active involvement in EMS. He is working hard to gain strength and return to his role as an operational paramedic and to re-assume his administrative duties as President. Sam is a valuable EMS provider to the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, the larger EMS community of the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System, and to the community, that benefits from his consistent dedication and his commitment to improving conditions within his vast network of colleagues in the first responder community. Sam is truly deserving of recognition for all his efforts in this capacity.

On Tuesday, we surprised him and presented his award after a follow-up story on Sam on Fox5DC. https://www.fox5dc.com/news/virginia-paramedic-who-nearly-died-battling-covid-19-back-on-the-job

https://youtu.be/WXEUZpO6zrsThanks to a partnership with Inova Blood Donor Services (IBDS), Northern VA EMS Council is p...
09/03/2020

https://youtu.be/WXEUZpO6zrs

Thanks to a partnership with Inova Blood Donor Services (IBDS), Northern VA EMS Council is proud to announce that whole blood is now on EMS units in both Arlington and Loudoun Counties. Immediate blood transfusions in the field are now possible. Unused blood is returned to IBDS for further use in our area hospitals, so not a drop of blood is wasted. This is the first regional blood program like this on the East Coast and the 2nd in the Nation. #EMSExcellence

Betty’s Life Is Saved with the Inova Stroke Team’s Quick, Coordinated Care - Inova Newsroom
08/13/2020
Betty’s Life Is Saved with the Inova Stroke Team’s Quick, Coordinated Care - Inova Newsroom

Betty’s Life Is Saved with the Inova Stroke Team’s Quick, Coordinated Care - Inova Newsroom

Editor’s note: Betty was treated at the start of the COVID-19 global health pandemic for a medical emergency – stroke. Today, she is recovered and back home. If you or someone you see is suffering with the signs and symptoms of a stroke, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. Fast care w...

Congratulations Master FF Josh McCuin, City of Fairfax FD!  The 2020 Northern VA Regional Award winner for Contribution ...
08/07/2020

Congratulations Master FF Josh McCuin, City of Fairfax FD! The 2020 Northern VA Regional Award winner for Contribution to EMS Emergency Preparedness and Response!

Master Firefighter Josh McCuin was hired in February 2007 and has been an outstanding performer from the moment he came to work for the City of Fairfax Fire Department. He is dedicated to improving the Department and serves on the Department’s (unofficial) Community Outreach Team. Taking time to visit Green Acres Senior Center to interact and educate the senior community on the services of the fire department, fall prevention, and medication safety. Over the past couple of months, he has been working to obtain the funding to distribute pill containers and safety brochures throughout the City. The efforts he is taking in the area of Community Outreach require coordination of efforts through the EMS and Code Administration captains. It is a testament to Josh’s “can-do” attitude that the City of Fairfax FD is making progress in this area.

Josh recognized another opportunity to improve the health and wellness of the City’s workforce and provide a service to the community by stepping forward to teach the Hands-Only CPR and the Stop the Bleed Campaign to all City staff. By Josh teaching these classes he has assured that all City of Fairfax Employees are safer, more resilient, and ready to respond and recover from any incident they could face at work and are better prepared to assist themselves and each other in the event of an incident while waiting for the arrival of fire and EMS.

City of Fairfax Fire Department
#EMSExcellence

Congratulations John Korman, Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC)!  The 2020 Northern VA Reg...
08/07/2020

Congratulations John Korman, Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC)! The 2020 Northern VA Regional Award winner for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication!

John Korman has served with Fairfax County's Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) since 1999. In that time,he has been a Communication Operations Supervisor for 12 years and an Operations Manager since 2016. John is the primary point of contact with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to coordinate Fire, EMS and EMD related issues. He leads the Fire Department Liaison (FDL) group,which serves a collaborative group of call takers, dispatchers, and fire department personnel to streamline the process between our two agencies. In the last year he has been instrumental in the local and regional development of the response procedures for Fire and EMS personnel in imminent danger due to violence (SIG1F), the Washington DC Council of Government’s Fire/EMS interoperability CAD2CAD project, and the collaborative response to adjacent waterways surrounding Fairfax County. He has also served as one of the primary contributors in the development of policies for Fairfax County’s response to the COVID19 pandemic. As the manager for the training and professional development section,he is responsible for the Quality Assurance Standards Team, the Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Instructors, and serves on the EMD Steering Committee. He is a wealth of knowledge and is a continual sounding board for local and regional policy changes regarding the collaboration between Fire/EMS operations and telecommunicators.

Despite his overwhelming workload, his tireless and impressive work tempo keeps projects moving forward at a timely pace. He is also often found out on the operations floor taking calls when our call volume increases. John is also a contributor at the state level, serving his second term on the Governor’s EMS Advisory Board and as the Chairman of the board’s Communications Committee. In this role, he collaborates with the Office of EMS in the interest of local PSAPs, recommends statewide Emergency Medical Dispatch policies, and advocates for grant funding for PSAP initiatives. On the national stage,he is a member of and has been a contributing party with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) on the Emergency Medical Dispatch Instructor Committee. John also served on the national Standards Development Committee for both APCO and National Emergency Number Association (NENA). John's contributions to EMS Telecommunications locally, within the Commonwealth and nationally is unequaled.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

#EMSExcellence

The Fall 2020 RSAF grant cycle is open!  The deadline is September 15, 2020, at 5pm.  Interested applicants are also enc...
08/07/2020
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The Fall 2020 RSAF grant cycle is open! The deadline is September 15, 2020, at 5pm.

Interested applicants are also encouraged to attend the technical assistance webinar at 1 p.m. (EST) on August 19, 2020.

The Northern VA EMS Council is available to assist in grant review and questions prior to the submission deadline. Please feel free to contact us at 877-261-3550 or [email protected].

See more details on the RSAF program and the technical assistance webinar on our website: http://northern.vaems.org

2020 Fall RSAF Grant Cycle is now open. 2020 Fall RSAF Grant Cycle is now open. The Financial Assistance for Emergency Medical Services Grants Program, known as the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Grant Program, is a multi-million dollar grant program for Virginia non-profit EMS agencies and org...

Congratulations Chris Myer, City of Fairfax FD!  The 2020 Northern VA Regional Award winner for Outstanding Contribution...
08/07/2020

Congratulations Chris Myer, City of Fairfax FD! The 2020 Northern VA Regional Award winner for Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety!

Chris Myer is known throughout his department as a hardworking and intelligent fire medic. He always accepts new responsibilities with a positive attitude and a professional energy that that many find contagious. Chris has been a key member of multiple programs this year. He did a tremendous amount of work in researching and presenting to command staff the options for exhaust removal and atmospheric control of the bays. His work with this program will insure the department can provide a safer working environment for our employees. In the fire service the rise of cancer and the effects of exhaust is just now coming to forefront, with the work of MFM Myer, the City of Fairfax can benefit from his hard work and leadership to install these systems to make the department a healthier place to work for our busy medic units. He has had to brief this program at the shift level and to the administration to justify funding and set a path moving forward.

When Chris is not working to improve the effectiveness of our organization or the safety of our members he keeps busy running calls. In the last year Chris has worked hard to achieve the title of Master Fire Medic. He did so when he successfully completed the department’s rigorous requirements to become a move up medic officer. Chris continued to grow within the organization when he completed the departments move up tower officer program. His ability to operate as an officer on both the medic and tower provides the department with the mission critical flexibility we need to insure our operational readiness.

City of Fairfax Fire Department

#EMSExcellence

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Does anyone have any information on what Educational programs are doing re sending students to Clinical sites?
Draft National EMS Education Standards are open for public comment ... please review & provide feedback.
Thank you to the Northern Virginia EMS Council for providing lunch for the Southern Route of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride!
#EMSToday abstract committee finalizing the classes for next years conference. Looks like some really good topics. Save the date it’s Feb. 20-22 at National Harbor right across the river.
Sharing a great opportunity to learn from courageous navigators of the 3.0 transformation. Attend the EMS 3.0 Transformation Summit on April 10. http://ow.ly/WBav30iARaY