News

Deputy Chief Appointments

Dear Fellow EMS Members, As you know, the department has undergone a significant transition over the past few months.  We’ve worked hard to backfill the duties of a number of retiring senior officers.  While we’ve kept things as seamless as possible, organizational stability is critical for us to continue...

City Manager Dave Hansen Appoints Edward Brazle New EMS Chief

Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen has appointed Edward Brazle as chief of the Department of Emergency Medical Services, effective June 22. He has been interim chief since February after long-serving Chief Bruce Edwards announced his retirement. “Ed has already demonstrated his ability to effectively lead this organization,” said...

Pulmonary Hypertension Medication Pumps Alert

If you see that your patient has a medication pump, what should you do with it?  Is it a pump for insulin?  Is it a pump that is administering a life-saving medication and your removal of that pump would kill the patient?                 ...

Changes to Provider Continuing Education and Recertification

The Virginia Office of EMS (VaOEMS) will be changing the continuing education and recertification program(s) to be in line with the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) new National Continued Competency Program (NCCP).  This change will take effect this July 1st; you will not be losing any hours you already...

New BLS Protocol–Naloxone

As you know, there is considerable attention these days on the rising number of opiate overdose deaths across the nation.  This has led to dramatic changes, including easy access to Naloxone (Narcan) by family and friends of potential overdose victims.  Meanwhile, the City of Virginia Beach has been an...

Recruitment, External Students and Observer Scheduling

Beginning this month we have made internal office changes as to whom will be scheduling VCCS (TCC) EMT students, EVMS students, applicants (new) and observers that contact the DEMS for ride along opportunities. The Recruitment and Retention Officer, Susan Palmer is now the Department point of contact (POC) for...

VBPD rolls out Naloxone program

Effective immediately, select Virginia Beach police officers will begin to carry Naloxone and administer it to suspected opiate overdoses if/when they are on-scene prior to EMS arrival. This program is supported by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services and is consistent with trends happening across the...

New Volunteer Application Process

We are pleased to announce on behalf of Interim Chief Brazle that EMS has initiated an online application process for our volunteers with an emphasis on welcoming the potential member with an all-around improved customer service experience. You have asked and it has finally been created. As you are aware,...