Service Award Nomination

Virginia Beach EMS (VBEMS) values the great work of our members. Anyone may nominate a member of VBEMS for recognition in the following categories. Upon submission, Chief Brazle will review each nomination and present the awards at our annual award ceremony. Award winners are then submitted for regional and state recognition.

Please take a moment to share your story of a VBEMS volunteer who you believe is worthy of recognition.

Click HERE to view the VBEMS Uniform and Awards Handbook

EMS Achievement Medal *

Awarded to any member of the Department who distinguishes themselves by performing exceptional, meritorious achievement or service in their duties. This may include field operations, or exceptional contribution to the service or community. Most of the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Any member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Performance not justifying awarding of the Medal of Merit and substantially above normal requirements.
  • Important contributions to the achievement of Department’s mission.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of personal initiative.
  • Exceptional performance by a department member in some community project of significant importance.
  • Exceptional performance, which is either sustained or for a single act.

Act of Service *

Awarded to any member of the Department who distinguishes themselves by forwarding the mission of the Department in preserving life, improving health and promoting the safety of citizens and visitors or have distinguished themselves with outstanding community service through special events or programming (I.e. Every 15 Minutes). The member will not be eligible for the award in the same or the following year for the same reason. Most of the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Uniformed or ancillary member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Displays initiative in the fostering of an innovative, valuable or successful program in the area of community affairs including special events or EMS-related community classes
  • Performing an act of valuable EMS service, demonstrating special faithfulness or perseverance

Medal of Honor *

Awarded to any member of the Department who distinguishes themselves by extraordinary bravery not justifying the Medal of Valor award. All the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Uniformed member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Extraordinary bravery not justifying the award of the Medal of Valor
  • Performed in the presence of great danger or personal risk and performed in an exemplary manner
  • If not done, would not reflect negatively on the provider or the Department

Medal Of Merit *

Awarded to any member of the Department who distinguishes themselves by performing outstanding meritorious achievement or service in their duties. Most of the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Any member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Heroism not justifying awarding of the Medal of Honor.
  • Performance substantially above normal requirements.
  • Important contributions to the achievement of Department’s mission.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of personal initiative.
  • Exemplary performance by a department member in some community project of significant importance.
  • Exemplary performance, which is either sustained or for a single act.

Medal of Valor *

Awarded to any member of the Department who distinguishes themselves conspicuously by gallantry and at the risk of their life beyond all doubt. All the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Uniformed member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Bravery at risk of one’s life, beyond a doubt
  • The act was performed voluntarily (not ordered to attempt the act)
  • Clearly above the call of duty
  • If not done, would not reflect negatively on the provider or the Department

Providers of the Year Awards *

Awarded annually to three people in three separate categories, ALS Provider of the Year, BLS Provider of the Year and outstanding Support Member of the Year. Other city departments not eligible for this award All the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

ALS Provider of the Year:

  • Uniformed member of the Department of EMS
  • EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic released to general supervision
  • Distinguishes themselves through outstanding dedication to the community at large
  • Adheres to the Department’s mission by providing exemplary advanced life support pre-hospital patient care with EMS
  • Consistently displays a positive attitude and work ethic reflects the Department’s Core Values

BLS Provider of the Year:

  • Uniformed member of the Department of EMS
  • EMT-Advanced or EMT released to general supervision
  • Distinguishes themselves through outstanding dedication to the community at large
  • Adheres to the Department’s mission by providing exemplary advanced life support pre-hospital patient care with EMS
  • Consistently displays a positive attitude and work ethic reflects the Department’s Core Values

Support Member of the Year:

  • Administrative or Support Services member of the Department of EMS
  • Distinguishes themselves through outstanding dedication to the community at large
  • Consistently displays a positive attitude and work ethic reflects the Department’s Core Values

EMS Green Heart Medal *

Awarded to an operational member of the Department who has been killed, or significantly wounded or injured in the performance of their duties. The Green Heart is comparable to the U.S. military’s Purple Heart Medal. All the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Any member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Serious or significant Injury/wound/death occurred as a direct or indirect action during the performance of one’s duties (I.e. providing patient care)
  • Hospital treatment by a physician is required at the time of the injury.
  • In those cases, in which the death, wound or injury was not inflicted by a deadly or dangerous weapon, the final recommendation will be made to the EMS Chief by the Awards Committee.

Significant Incident Award *

Awarded to any member of the Department who distinguishes themselves by deploying/responding to and actively taking part in an event so significant that it involves full or a significant deployment of departmental personnel to save human lives, secures property, and/or significantly affects the normal lives of the citizens of Virginia Beach. All the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Uniformed or ancillary member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Actively involved in a significant incident or event (as declared by the EMS Chief) during the occurrence of the event or in its immediate aftermath (timeframe specified by the EMS Chief)
  • The incident or event must have involved a complete or significant deployment of departmental personnel to save human lives, secure property, and/or significantly affects the normal lives of the citizens of Virginia Beach and last for days or weeks
  • The significant event must be prompted by some type of man-made or natural disaster (Examples are but not limited to: riots, terrorist act, plane crash, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.)

Lifesaving Award *

Awarded to any member of the Department who functions as a member of the combined crew of a cardiac arrest that successfully resuscitates a patient in the field that is discharged neurologically intact from the hospital. This award will be presented annually based on reports received from the Office of Continuous Quality Management. No outside nominations will be received for this award. The following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Uniformed or ancillary member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Functions as a member of the crew that successfully resuscitated an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest that is discharged neurologically intact from the hospital

Unit Commendation Award *

Awarded to any group, unit or team that has performed in an outstanding manner to forward the mission of the Department in preserving life, improving health and promoting the safety of citizens and visitors or have distinguished themselves with outstanding community service. This award may also be awarded as a campaign award (I.e. hurricanes, snow storms, or other events deemed eligible by the EMS Chief). The same group will typically not be eligible for the award in the same or the following year for the same reason. Most of the following criteria MUST BE MET in order to be considered for this award:

  • Uniformed or ancillary member of the Department of EMS (other city departments not eligible for this award)
  • Served as part of a unit or squad that performed in an outstanding manner to forward the mission of the Department in making communities safer and increasing the quality of life or recovering from natural or man made disasters
  • Distinguished themselves with outstanding community service and/or outreach
  • Used innovative techniques demonstrated to have solved health or medical related community issues

Nomination Form *

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