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Portsmouth's Amy Ward Receives Governor's EMS Award
Amy Ward photoAmy L. Ward, a career paramedic with Portsmouth Fire, EMS and Emergency Services was awarded the 2014 Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Prehospital Provider.  For more than 18 years, Amy Ward has provided outstanding and dedicated service to the system through her involvement in all facets of EMS at the local and regional level. Ward has worked tirelessly to improve EMS services in her agency, Portsmouth Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, as well as in the Tidewater region.

Surplus Office and AV equipment for sale

Periodically the Tidewater EMS Council purges unused and surplus office equipment and offers it for sale at very low cost.  We are currently selling surplus audio, visual, computer, training room and office equipment listed below.  The a/v equipment is from our previous simulation center and is of very good quality but somewhat specialized with multichannel audio and video amplifiers, mixers, cameras, microphones, cables, etc.

Infectious Diseases Section Added to Website
What You need to know about Ebola
We have added a dedicated infectious diseases information section to our website. The section includes a direct link to the CDC Health Alert Network as well as links to official Ebola, enterovirus and pandemic flu information. See the "Infectious Diseases" link on our menu to the left.  EMS Providers are reminded to be sure to ask patients with fever about recent travel.
EMS Clarification of Governors Savings Plan
Governor McAuliffe's FY 2015 Savings Plan, Pursuant to Item 471.10 of HB 5010 was released to the public on October 15. The Virginia Department of Health's budget reduction includes the following language within the Governor's Plan:
Capture balance from the Emergency Medical Services Fund. This strategy transfers balances in the Special Emergency Medical Services Fund to the General Fund. The loss of this revenue is not expected to have a direct impact on agency services or operations. This amount is $4,000,000.
The $4,000,000 capture of EMS funds identified in Governor McAuliffe's FY 2015 Savings Plan does not impact the $4.25 that currently supports EMS services and operations in Virginia.

Tidewater EMS Council Recognizes Excellence in EMS
The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. honored all areas of emergency medical services during its annual regional EMS awards held June 15, 2014 at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. Awards were given to those nominated by their peers for their exceptional level of service to the region's EMS system.
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