CEUs, CPR, ACLS, etc

****  NEW MEMBER TRAINING **** *


CPR – New Member *

This course is designed to provide the new (future) member with the knowledge and skills to properly perform basic life support following the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. Students learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.  Participants who successfully complete the American Heart Association course completion requirements receive an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers certification card.

Call (757) 385-1999 or email vbems@vbgov.com to register.

Date Location Time
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Saturday, September 12, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0900-1300
Saturday, September 19, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0900-1300
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Saturday, November 7, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1300-1700
Saturday, November 14, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0900-1300

 


OSHA – Initial *

The goal of the initial on-line OSHA training is to reduce the occupational transmission of infections caused by microorganisms sometimes found in human blood and certain other potentially infectious materials.

New members should complete the initial on-line OSHA Training.  Members who are returning from leave and/or members who did not complete the annual OSHA refresher should also complete the initial on-line OSHA Training.

All members, even members who recently completed initial OSHA training, must complete annual OSHA refresher training each October.

Initial OSHA Presentation

Find the OSHA Initial Class Here

Annual OSHA Refresher

Find the Refresher class on our Training Page

For questions about OSHA Initial Training, please contact Instruction Supervisor Eric de Forest at EDefores@vbgov.com.

 


BLS Academy – EMT Training Course *

Virginia Beach EMS members attend the BLS Academy to complete the initial Emergency Medical Technician course.  Please see the BLS Academy page for additional information.

 


Defensive Driving Course *

VBEMS members are eligible to take the Defensive Driving Course (DDC) offered by the City of Virginia Beach.   These courses do not offer driver points.

Please call 385-1999 or email rjackson@vbgov.com or emstrain@vbgov.com to register.

Anyone arriving after 1:00 PM will not be permitted in class.

Date Location Time
To Be Announced

Note:  Driving Points no longer

available.

Parks & Rec, Admin Building, 2154 Landstown Road, Room 101 1300 – 1630
Thursday, December 17, 2019

Note:  Driving Points no longer

available.

Parks & Rec, Admin Building, 2154 Landstown Road, Room 101 1300 – 1630

 


Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) *

The Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is patterned after the State Office of Transportation Safety EVOC guide. The course emphasizes safe driving skills. Additionally, the course provides the member the vehicle codes of Virginia and Policies of VBEMS. This course is designed to increase the situational awareness of the emergency vehicle operator and reduce the number of crashes involving emergency vehicles. The course includes classroom and driving range skills.

Please note that this is a multi-day course and it must be completed in sequence:

  • Phase I: Online
  • Phase II: Lecture
  • Phase III: Day Driving Range
  • Phase IV: Night Driving Range

EVOC certification requires you to attend all sessions of the course. Saturday/Sunday lunch is at your own expense. Pre-registration is mandatory. Walk-in students will not be able to be accommodated. EVOC students must have a Virginia Beach EMS departmental ID badge in order to participate in the class.  Please call (757) 385-1999 or e-mail EMSTrain@vbgov.com to register.

Notes:

  1. * The Phase II presentation (normally in classroom before COVID-19 format) will be sent to students, upon registration for the virtual session.
  2. * A link for the Phase II WebEx will be sent via email to enrolled students, via email prior to the start of the session.
  3. * The Phase III/IV day is an “All in one” EVOC date, for a limited # of “in person” EVOC students, that upon successful completion, will meet written and practical components of the course.
  4. * EVOC students should park up front and wait in their car or outside until close to class time.
  5. * There is a COVID-19 related self-check when in the front of the VBEMS HQ/Training Center
  6. * Masks are provided, and to be worn in building, (hand washing on arrival)
  7. * Masks are to be also worn in the ambulance with EVOC safety vests at all times, (consider spatial distance when in classroom and when outside units), Masks & Vests to include commentary drive time.
  8. Pack a cooler with water to drink and lunch/dinner/snacks to eat and or money for quick drive through/pick up during meal breaks.
  9. Academy students dress in your duty uniform and EMS ID card.
  10. BLS Interns can wear either station uniform or Business casual with your EMS Id badge.
  11. Everyone must have closed toed shoes, and should include weather apparel as needed.

Modified COVID – 19 Catch up format Practical Date  (Time: 1000-2200)

Schedule:  1000 Start:  Review, Written exam, Driving policies
                   Lunch break,
                   Phase III–Day driving, 
                   Dinner Break,
                   Phase IV Evening/night driving 
(Paperwork inside after III & IV, end by 2200, at VBEMS HQ/TC)

 Limited student sign -ups, the same as this weekend.  Registration for Two teams of 4 students  (8 students per day)

To register call 385-1999 or email: EMSTrain@vbgov.com   (Please provide: Name, station/agency, Contact #, academy #)

Questions about our EVOC Program?  Contact Instruction Supervisor: Eric de Forest edefores@vbgov.com

Date Location  Time
Saturday, September 24, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Sunday, September 25, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Saturday, November 14, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Sunday, November 15, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Saturday, November 21, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Sunday, December 6, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Saturday December 12, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200
Sunday December 13, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1000 – 2200

AIC Release Program *

As providers graduate the BLS Academy or come into our organization with existing EMT credentials, they are placed in the attendant in-charge release program to orient them to VBEMS and verify their skills in the field.

Click here for more information on this ongoing program.

 


Operations Track *

The VBEMS Operations Track is a valuable program designed for orange-badge AIC interns who are working towards being released.  The program provides both required classes and some strongly recommended classes, with the goal to enhance new members’ awareness and to be better versed with our EMS system, geography and Emergency Response System resources.

Yellow-badge BLS academy students may also participate in the programs; however, it does not take priority over student field clinical shifts. Red-badge recruits may also start working on the programs while waiting to start an academy.

Some class sessions have limited seating and orange-badge interns will have priority as they work to get released.  The program has a signature sheet which should be printed out and brought with the intern, student or recruit as they register for and attend the courses.

To register for the classes, call the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at 4160 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452 or send an e-mail to EMSTrain@vbgov.com.

Interns will need to use the following signature form to track completion of the operations track courses:

Operations Track Courses

Course Recommendation/Required
Operations I: AIC Intern Field Orientation Required
Operations II: ALS Assist, 12 Lead ECG, Protocols, LUCAS Required
Operations III: VBEMS EVOC (or other OEMS-approved EVOC program) Required
Operations Session IV: North City Operations Tour:  Geography ( Stations: 14, 8, 22, 1, 4, 2, 15, 16, 3) ER’s: VBGH, SI-ER, SLH, SNGH, Nightingale, CHKD, Specialty Call locations: VB Boardwalk, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Millers Store Road Airport Alert) +  Map Book orientation,  VB Geography, VBEMS Specialty Team locations & Fuel Locations Strongly Recommended
Operations Session V: South City Operations Tour: Geography, (Stations: 21, 5, 19, 9, 10, 13, 6, 17), ER’s: SPAH,  Chesapeake Regional,  Specialty Call locations: City Jail, Juvenile detention center, City Courts, North Landing Bridge  + City Garage, VBEMS Special Teams & Fuel Locations Strongly Recommended
Operations VI: Special Operations Orientation/Awareness: Orientation to special operations teams Strongly Recommended
Operations VII: 911 Center Operations Tour: Communications/EOC, Radio Use Strongly Recommended
Operations VIII: Situational Awareness Strongly Recommended

 

Operations II: ALS Assist, 12 Lead ECG, Protocols, LUCAS:

Date Location               Time          
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1300-1700
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Saturday, October 19, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0830-1230
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1300-2200
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Saturday, November 14, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0830-1230
Thursday, November 19, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200

 

Operations III: VBEMS EVOC – please see the EVOC section (above)

 

Operations IV: North City Operations Tour

Date Meeting Location to Start Tour  Time            
To Be Scheduled Rescue 1, 3769 E. Stratford Road 0800-1700

 

Operations V: South City Operations Tour

Date Meeting Location to Start Tour            Time           
To Be Scheduled Rescue 21, 1468 Nimmo Pkwy 0800-1700

 

Operations VI: Special Operations Orientation/Awareness

Date Location Time 
 To Be Scheduled

 

Operations VII: 911 Center Operations Tour

Date Location  Time             
To Be Scheduled

 

Operations VIII: Situational Awareness

Date Location Time
To Be Scheduled

**** EMS PROVIDER RECERTIFICATION **** *


CPR – Recertification *

The COVID-19 has changed the way we do business.  Monthly CPR classes have been canceled.  This was done to control the spread of the virus and to protect the students and instructors.

Currently, the plan is to teach CPR at the beginning of the next EMT academy when we are back to normal business.  We will probably not have a lot of lead time for a class announcement.  So, when we ask for instructors to help it will be very last minute.  We will hopefully get back to our regular monthly CPR schedule at that time.

The AHA has extended expiration dates for instructor and provider cards.

For Instructor Cards expiring beginning in March 2020:

  •  AHA Instructor cards will be valid for 120 days beyond their recommended renewal date.
  • Management of this extension, and any record-keeping, will be the responsibility of the Training Center.

For AHA Provider Cards expiring beginning in March 2020:

  • AHA Provider Cards will be valid for 120 days beyond their recommended renewal date.

AHA has put out guidelines for those instructors who must teach classes during the next month. Please read the attached AHA Training Memo that was disseminated on March 10,2020.

e-Cards:

The Department of EMS has totally switched over to e-cards for all students and instructors.  As noted, you have not completed the course until the card has been claimed.

Please make sure that you are telling students that they need to claim their card.  It is the student’s responsibility to get copies of cards to their agency.  Students are under the impression that their agency gets a copy of their card.  This department does not receive notification when a card is claimed.

Due to Executive Order 51, office staff members have been reduced.  Some are teleworking when possible.  If you have questions, please understand it may take us longer to respond to most emails.

Call (757) 385-1999 or email vbems@vbgov.com to register.

 

Date Location Time
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-2200
Saturday, October 3, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0900-1300
Saturday October 17, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0900-1300

 


OSHA Refresher *

The goal of the on-line OSHA training is to reduce the occupational transmission of infections caused by microorganisms sometimes found in human blood and certain other potentially infectious materials.  This training is provided by informing and educating the EMS provider in the use and limitations of methods of control that may prevent or reduce exposure. Please review the training program thoroughly, taking notes as needed, and complete the short post-test following the program.

The initial on-line OSHA Training (under new member courses) is designed for new members or members who are  returning after an extended leave.  All members, even members who recently completed initial OSHA training, must complete annual OSHA refresher training each October.

Annual OSHA Refresher

Virginia Beach EMS conducts annual OSHA refresher training every October.  The Refresher Training will be available the first business day of October on the VBEMS Moodle site at learn.vbems.com.

For questions about the Annual OSHA Refresher Program, please contact Instruction Supervisor Eric de Forest at EDefores@vbgov.com.

 


Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Recertification *

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team management of a cardiac arrest, team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. Specific skills in airway management and related pharmacology are also featured. Skills are taught through discussion and group learning, while testing stations offer case-based scenarios using simulators. Providers enhance their skills in treating adult patients of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies, while earning their American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS Provider Course Completion Card.

Completion of a precourse packet is required for admission to the class.  Please contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or EMSTrain@vbgov.com to register.

  CEs Awarded for ACLS Recertification
 Topic  Hours
 ALS Area 16: Airway, Respiration & Ventilation 3.5
 ALS Area 17: Cardiology 4.5

 

Date Location Time
Saturday, September 19, 2020 VBEMS HQ 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday, November 21, 2020 VBEMS HQ 8:30am-5:00pm

 


Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Recertification *

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.  Providers enhance their skills in treating pediatric patients of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies, while earning their American Heart Association (AHA) PALS Provider Course Completion Card.

Completion of a precourse packet is required for admission to the class.  Please contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or EMSTrain@vbgov.com to register.

 CEs Awarded for PALS Recertification
 Topic  Hours
 ALS Area 16: Airway, Respiration & Ventilation 1.5
 ALS Area 17: Cardiology 3
ALS Area 19: Medical 1
ALS Area 20: Operations 2.5

 

Date Location Time
Saturday, October 24, 2020 VBEMS HQ 8:30am-5:00pm

 


Continuing Education *

VBEMS offers continuing education classes that support CE requirements for VaOEMS and NREMT.

Please contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or EMSTrain@vbgov.com to register.

ALS/BLS Trauma & Operations

ALS CEs Topic Hours
Area 18 Trauma 3
Area 20 Operations 1
BLS CEs Topic Hours
Area 13 Trauma 3
Area 15 Operations 1

Select 1 class for 4 hours of CE’s

Dates Location Time
To Be Scheduled  EMS HQ
 EMS HQ
 EMS HQ

ALS/BLS Medical 1

ALS CEs Topic Hours
Area 19 Medical 4
BLS CEs Topic Hours
Area 14 Medical 4

Select 1 class for 4 hours of CE’s

Dates Location Time
To Be Scheduled  EMS HQ
 EMS HQ
 EMS HQ

ALS/BLS Medical 2

ALS CEs Topic Hours
Area 19 Medical 4
BLS CEs Topic Hours
Area 14 Medical 4

Select 1 class for 4 hours of CE’s

Dates Location Time
To Be Scheduled  EMS HQ
 EMS HQ

ALS/BLS Operations & Cardiovascular

ALS CEs Topic Hours
Area 17 Cardiovascular 2
Area 20 Operations 2
BLS CEs Topic Hours
Area 12 Cardiovascular 2
Area 15 Operations 2

Select 1 class for 4 hours of CE’s

Dates Location Time
Thursday, September 10, 2020  EMS HQ 8:00-12:00
Thursday, September 10, 2020  EMS HQ 13:00-17:00
Friday, September 25, 2020  EMS HQ 8:00-12:00
Friday, September 25, 2020 EMS HQ 13:00-17:00

EMT/AEMT Airway & Cardiovascular

ALS CEs Topic Hours
Area 16 Airway, Respirations & Ventilation 2
Area 17 Cardiovascular 2
BLS CEs Topic Hours
Area 11 Airway, Respirations & Ventilation 2
Area 12 Cardiovascular 2

Select 1 class for 4 hours of CE’s

Dates Location Time
To Be Scheduled EMS HQ
 EMS HQ

EMT/AEMT Cardiac Arrest Management

ALS CEs Topic Hours
Area 17 Cardiovascular 1
Area 20 Operations 3
BLS CEs Topic Hours
Area 12 Cardiovascular 1
Area 15 Operations 3

Select 1 class for 4 hours of CE’s

Dates Location Time
Monday, January 27, 2020  EMS HQ 6:00-10:00 pm

**** EMS SPECIALTY PROGRAMS****  *

CAD Training

The City of Virginia Beach will retire the current Tiburon CAD system and employ a new one. The implementation of the Premier One CAD System and its associated supporting technologies is the biggest Public Safety technology project the City of Virginia Beach has ever taken on. There are differences between the two CAD systems. Motorola Premier One CAD is operationally different from Tiburon CAD and more technologically advanced. As a result, there are going to be different processes for logging into CAD, responding to incidents, messaging, and in the mapping. Training will focus on how VBEMS will use Motorola’s Premier One Mobile CAD to dispatch calls for service. Each end user training session will last 2 hours and include “hands on” learning with MDT’s. Each training session is limited to 10 participants. So, grab a buddy and get signed up!

Register for classes using the Member Portal.   Instructions are available here.

CMCI

Recent events throughout our country have spurred a national discussion on the survivability of victims and safety of first responders during active shooter events and other forms of aggressive deadly behavior. Developed in response to these types of incidents, Virginia Beach EMS created this course that integrates lessons learned from the responses to recent attacks and emphasizes the importance of immediate interventions on potentially preventable causes of death. During this 4 hour course, members will learn concepts relating to rescue task force movement, hemorrhage control, and triage. Students will have the opportunity to review previous incidents, apply concepts related to on-scene command, critical decision making, and proper placement of apparatus. This class combines both classroom learning and practical stations to better develop members’ skill set on wound packing, tourniquet use, and patient extraction.

Register for classes using the Member Portal.  Instructions are available here.

Difficult Airway Management

This course is required for all RSI-trained paramedics and any remaining seats will be open to all other intermediates and paramedics.  This course will cover management of a difficult airway through information and scenarios that will challenge your skills and abilities.This course also will cover surgical cricothyrotomy, which can only be performed in Virginia Beach by RSI-trained paramedics.  In addition to providing difficult airway management training, the surgical cricothyrotomy training serves as “part 2” of the RSI course (initial or update) and this course must be attended by all RSI-trained paramedics in order to maintain the ability to perform RSI in Virginia Beach. Please contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center for information and registration – (757) 385-1999 or EMSTrain@vbgov.com.  Non-RSI paramedics and intermediates will be put on a waiting list to ensure all RSI paramedics have the opportunity to enroll in these courses.  Additional opportunities to take this course will be offered in the future.

Date Location Time
Saturday, October 10, 2020 VBEMS HQ 0830-1700

 

Electronic Patient Care Reporting (Elite)

This course covers the use of Elite – our patient care reporting software through a mixture of instruction and hands-on exercises.  Additional topics include an overview of Virginia EMS law as it pertains to patient care reporting, how your reports are used within the Department, by Sentara, and other entities. This course is intended for EMT Interns and released EMTs as well as other operational members who do reports.

The online class is located here.

Leadership Training and Officer Development

Virginia Beach EMS Leadership Training and Officer Development opportunities are not just like taking another class or series of classes.  Instead, they are an ever-growing and ever-changing series of seminars, courses and opportunities that members can take advantage of in order to become better leaders, learn more about themselves, grasp a better understanding of EMS and their role with in it and develop knowledge, skills and abilities that will help prepare the member for leadership positions.  Priority placement is reserved for active released AICs.  Any questions about these opportunities should be directed to Deputy Chief Hundley at jhundley@vbgov.com. Please contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or at EMSTrain@vbgov.com to register for sessions.  All classes will be held at the EMS HQ and Training Center unless attendees are advised differently.

Essentials of VBEMS Leadership – Part 1

Two four-hour sessions that cover leadership styles, ethics, communications, mentoring and subordinate development and team building. You must attend both nights in the same week.

Essentials of VBEMS Leadership – Part 2

Two three-hour sessions that will cover interpersonal leadership dynamics, the psychology of leadership, the leader’s role in performance improvement and preparing for the future of EMS. You must attend both nights in the same week. *The member must complete Part 1 prior to attending Part 2.

Lessons for Leaders These discussion based forums will provide participants with an opportunity to hear from various leaders as they share tips & tricks along with insight about a myriad of leadership topics.

Squad Commander Boot Camp This is an opportunity for new and aspiring Squad Officers to hear directly from departmental Chief Officers about important topics, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Regulations, Policies, and Procedures
  • Departmental Structure and Divisional Areas
  • Departmental Strategic Plan
  • Grant Management & Budget Management & Financial Processes
  • Operational Concerns for the Squad Officer
  • Human Resources Policies and Processes
  • Latest Trends, Topics and Changes
  • Plus much more!

Mass Casualty Treatment Area Operations

The goal of this class is to improve disaster preparedness within VBEMS.  Class consists of an hour of lecture reviewing mass casualty incident management concepts and key positions within the Medical Branch of an ICS organization.  Students will set up treatment and rehab areas, learn about equipment available for a MCI response, and practice moving patients and providing care in a disaster setting.  Continuing education credits are provided.Class size is limited to 20 students and is open to ALL approved VBEMS members who have completed FEMA classes (e.g. ICS 100/200/700/800).Family, friends, and interested organizations may attend the class as patients.This is a hands-on class.  Participants should be prepared to lift equipment and simulated patients and work with equipment on the ground.  Wearing of long duty pants, safety shoes, and durable gloves is encouraged.Register for classes using the Member Portal.  Instructions are available here.

MCI I/II

Incident Management Awareness and Operations

To register for this class contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or email EMSTrain@vbgov.com.CEUs: 8 Hrs of ALS and BLS Cat. 2 CEUs

Mentor/Proctor Training

Are you a proactive mentor with your student or intern? We all want trainees to thrive and progress. In some way, shape or form, if you are a released operational provider, you are a mentor to new students and interns. Whether you realize it or not, you affect those you run with on shift and train with at the station. Your actions and habits around new members sets the tone for their experience. It can be a lasting impression. Is it a positive, supportive role that you emulate? Do you provide effective communication and constructive feedback? Are you tuning into your trainee and their needs, or are you turning off trainee interest without realizing it? Find out how good experiences and quality feedback build up new trainees, motivates and provides direction towards success. The Mentor/Proctor Courses are designed to provide you a better awareness as a mentor/AIC to work with new members in our system, including our VBEMS BLS Academy students and EMT Interns.  We cover adult learners and learning styles, the difference between Cognitive, Affective and Psychomotor evaluation, BLS Academy student competency requirements, proper completion of field evaluations, OEMS Psychomotor evaluation, and information and requirements for joining our vital VBEMS Proctor Team, which is part of our EMS Training Team.  This is good information for all members and the course provides 4 hours of CE.

For questions, contact Instruction Supervisor Eric de Forest at 757-385-2975 or EDefores@vbgov.com.

Register for an upcoming course by contacting the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or EMSTrain@vbgov.com.

Date Location Time Topic
Monday, September 28, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-1930 Mentor/Proctor Part 2
Monday, October 12, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1400-1530 Mentor/Proctor Part 2
Monday,October 19, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1400-1530 Mentor/Proctor Part 2
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-1930 Mentor/Proctor Part 2
Monday, November 30, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1400-1530 Mentor/Proctor Part 2
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1800-1930 Mentor/Proctor Part 2

 

Naloxone (Narcan) REVIVE Kit Training

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 active participant in efforts to enhance the capacity of our first responders. Virginia Beach EMS is activating a new protocol that will allow EMT’s to administer Naloxone as well, which will eventually be part of our regional protocols. All Virginia Beach ambulances will receive a REVIVE Naloxone kit.   Specifics about administration, storage and restock are included in our training program.  You must complete the training prior to utilizing these kits.Online training is available on Moodle (our online learning management system) at http://learn.vbems.com

All EMTs must complete the program no later than July 1, 2016.If you have any questions about BLS Naloxone training please feel free to contact Senior Paramedic Karin Pettinger via email KPetting@vbgov.com or call (757) 385-2972. If you have any questions related to the protocol or related regulatory issues please feel free to contact Division Chief John Bianco via email JBianco@vbgov.com or call (757) 385-5002.

 

National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training

A new coordinated, multi-disciplinary training program developed through the Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) available for all emergency responders and those supporting Traffic Incident Management operations. This training puts police, firefighters, state and local departments of transportation, towing, medical personnel, and other incident responders on the same page, leading to a safer, faster, integrated responder team.

Training Provided at NO COST, Receive 4 hours of in-service credit through DCJS, OEMS, or VDFP.To Register, Contact: Jim Stanek at James.Stanek@VDOT.virginia.gov.

 

PHTLS

NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education.  PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program. (Source)To register for this class contact the Virginia Beach EMS Headquarters and Training Center at (757) 385-1999 or email EMSTrain@vbgov.com.  Prior to the start of the class, you will be sent a link to the NAEMT website to electronically enroll yourself in this course.CEUs will be offered.

 

RSI – Initial Course

The initial RSI course is for experienced paramedics only who wish to be able to perform RSI in the Virginia Beach system.  Among other things, this course is designed to provide experienced students, through both didactic and practical training, with knowledge of advanced airway management with special emphasis on recognition and management of a “difficult airway” along with the requisite general RSI knowledge and pharmacology.Prospective RSI students must:

  • Be an active operational member in good standing in the Virginia Beach system (regularly and consistently providing patient care during prehospital transport)
  • Be TEMS-released as a paramedic for one (1) year
  • Be regularly and consistently fulfilling his/her minimum duty requirements per the EMS Duty Policy
  • Not have any disciplinary action in the past twelve (12) months
  • Not have any issues related to patient care in the past twelve (12) months
  • Have high-quality documentation skills that includes, but is not limited to, not having any issues with his/her patient care reports/documentation and not having any missing or incomplete reports for the past twelve (12) months

Prior to acceptance into the class, all interested students will undergo an approval process to determine eligibility.  Interested students should contact Brigade Chief Cat Watson (CMWatson@vbgov.com) to undergo the approval process.  Once approved, Chief Watson will have you enrolled in the course. The class size is limited to 12.

RSI Initial Course Dates Time Notes
 Saturday,October 17, 2020 0830-1700   Initial Certification

RSI – Recertification Course

All RSI paramedics are required to successfully complete the annual RSI re-certification course, Usually offered during November/December, RSI paramedics must continue to meet the following requirements:

  • Be an active operational member in good standing in the Virginia Beach system (regularly and consistently providing patient care during prehospital transport)
  • Be regularly and consistently fulfilling his/her minimum duty requirements per the EMS Duty Policy
  • Not have any disciplinary action in the past twelve (12) months
  • Not have any issues related to patient care in the past twelve (12) months
  • Have high-quality documentation skills that includes, but is not limited to, not having any issues with his/her patient care reports/documentation and not having any missing or incomplete reports for the past twelve (12) months

Questions regarding ongoing designation as a RSI paramedic should be directed to Brigade Chief Cat Watson (CMWatson@vbgov.com).

Dates Location Time
Thursday, December 3, 2020 VBEMS HQ  0800- 1200
Thursday, December 3, 2020 VBEMS HQ  1300-1700
Friday, December 18, 2020 VBEMS HQ  0800-1200
Friday, December 18, 2020 VBEMS HQ 1300-1700

 

Situational Awareness

The Situational Awareness course is a crucial and dynamic operations track course for new members to the system and any that want experience a more realistic view of safety awareness.  The session provides valuable information on provider safety and unique insight on possible hazards.  The session consists of an indoor lecture component with outdoor active scenarios.  The sessions occur with the beneficial partnership and support of our VBPD Training partners at the Creeds Police Training facility.  During the program, VBPD and VBEMS work together to provide a memorable training experience.  This session is built into the last portion of the VBEMS BLS Academy, so space may be limited.  CEs are available.Operations.

Location: VBPD Creeds Training Facility – 1585 Campbell Landing Road, Virginia Beach (not far from Rescue 6; leave early to provide plenty of time to travel to Creeds)

 

VBEMS EVOC Instructor Course

We are looking for positive, motivated VBEMS operational members, who are interested in making an investment in the development of our department, by joining our EVOC Instruction Team.  They are dedicated, positive professionals, training new providers in Emergency Vehicle Operations, which incorporates defensive driving, emergency and non-emergency driver safety and awareness, proper use of a backer and hand signals.  Instruction team members teach and evaluate practical driving skills and driving in the community. For those who have not taken EVOC recently, our department’s course consists of:

Phase I: EVOC online program with post test
Phase II: EVOC Classroom session with written exam
Phase III: Day Driving (Cone course & commentary drive)
Phase IV: Night Driving (Driving skills & commentary drive)EVOC Instructor candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Department of EMS approved and released AIC/Driver in good standing for at least 3 years,
  • Complete a VBEMS EVOC Instructor Application
  • Complete a new DMV Background check through EMS Admin.  (385-1999)

Once approved for the Instructor course, Interns will be required to:

  • Successfully complete the VBEMS EVOC Instructor Course with written test
  • Successfully complete the Instructor Internship process within 6 months of the Instructor course.

Each candidate is required to team teach/intern a minimum of two or more sessions for each of the phases listed below.   

            Phase II: EVOC Classroom
            Phase III: Day Driving
            Phase IV: Night Driving

To Register for the Instructor Course:If you are interested and meet the general criteria, please fill out the online EVOC Instructor application and submit to EMS Administration.  You can submit the completed application by email to EMSTrain@vbgov.com or drop it off at EMS HQ’s front desk.  Once the application is submitted, you’ll need to get a DMV Background form to complete from EMS Administration and turn it in when filled out.

If you have any questions about the Instructor course, please contact Instruction Supervisor, Eric de Forest, edefores@vbgov.com.