The Virginia Cardiac Technician program began with the graduation of 24 Virginia Beach rescue squad volunteers in 1973. The program, known as the Emergency Coronary Care Program (ECCP), was created by two local physicians before there was a state-level ALS program for emergency medical services.
The Tidewater EMS Council announced selection of two individuals for TEMS grant funding to attend the EMS World Expo in Las Vegas September 9-13 which includes the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Summit. The recipients are Robin A. Price and Raymond E. Willet.
The Tidewater EMS Council has been re-designated by the Virginia Board of Health as a regional EMS council. The designation is valid for three years, the maximum designation period available, effective July 1, 2013.
The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) Council, Inc., recognized members of its EMS community who were nominated for exemplifying exceptional service and dedication at the council's annual regional awards program and picnic held July 13, 2013, at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va. Ten EMS providers and agencies received trophies, service ribbons and certificates during the event. One high school senior received a $1000 scholarship for college or accredited advanced life support training.
The Tidewater EMS Council Board of Directors approved an exciting new grant program to help EMS providers attend national EMS conferences. The program will pay registration, travel and hotel costs for selected individuals who are affiliated with EMS agencies in the Tidewater region. The first grants are now available and are targeted for the EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, September 8-12, 2013. Those interested in obtaining a grant should apply no later than July 17.