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Regional and Governor's Award Recipients 2003-2018



Excellence in EMS                                                                      John Morgan, MD, Operational Medical Director

Outstanding EMS Administrator                                               Deputy Chief of EMS Jose Salazar

*Physician with Outstanding Contribution to EMS                 E. Reed Smith, MD, Operational Medical Director 

Nurse with Outstanding Contribution to EMS                         Jalil Bentaleb,  Director of Neuroscience Services - Inova Alexandria Hospital        

Outstanding Pre-Hospital Educator                                         Lieutenant Chris Kroboth 

Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider                                          Captain Robert Crandall 

Outstanding Contribution to EMS Health & Safety                 Dorothy “Dodie” Gill (Posthumous Award)

Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children                       Captain David Winter and Captain David Schwarzmann 

Outstanding EMS Agency                                                         Prince William County Fire and Rescue

*Outstanding Contribution to EMS Telecommunication        Mindy Secrest 

Outstanding Contribution to EMS

Emergency Preparedness and Response                               Lieutenant John Rice

Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior  Joseph Cooper



Excellence in EMS                                                                          Marcia Pescitani

Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider                                               Matthew Heppner

Outstanding EMS Pre-Hospital Educator                                     Andrew Hopkins

Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior       Richard Peter Verrier IV

Nurse With Outstanding Contribution to EMS                             Johanna Kushan



Excellence in EMS                                                                          William Dwyer

Outstanding Pre-Hospital Provider                                               Valerie Kusterbeck

Outstanding EMS Pre-Hospital Educator                                     Penny Kelly

Outstanding Contribution to EMS by a High School Senior      Hanna DeMeester

Outstanding EMS Administrator                                                   Kevin Stiles

Nurse With Outstanding Contribution to EMS                             TEAM: Katie Arnold and Lois Collins

Outstanding Contribution to EMS Emergency

Preparedness & Response                                                            EMS Division – Loudoun County Dept. of Fire & Rescue


Nasal Naloxone for EMS Agencies - Fall 2018 Cycle - GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Virginia Department of Health, Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 11/26/2018 04:21 PM EST

The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is announcing a NO COST grant opportunity for licensed EMS agencies to receive nasal naloxone from November 26, 2018 to March 29, 2019. All licensed EMS agencies are eligible to apply for nasal naloxone regardless of prior funding status.

Eligible applicants must have either a Controlled Substance Registration (CSR) or written authorization for the shipment of naloxone from their Operational Medical Director (OMD). Applicants must also submit an address to ship the naloxone, and a phone number for their drug enforcement agency (DEA). Regional project applications must include a list of each EMS agency involved in the grant application.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please check our website:

OR contact Luke Parker, Grants Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (804) 888-9106.

BLS Test Order Changes

The anticipated wait is over.  Students whose EMR or EMT course ends on or after August 28, 2018, can now test in any order.  No longer do they need to wait until they have passed their psychomotor examination to move forward with the cognitive examination.  Once marked passed in the CSDR and on your National Registry Program Director account, the student can take the cognitive and psychomotor examinations in any order.  The process defined in the attached document will allow your students to gain access to their cognitive examination Authorization to Test letter upon completion of your course and having been marked as passed with both Virginia and National Registry.  These changes will require us to modify the "last night paperwork" packet so please use this as a reference until that time.  Test Order Process


New Course Approval Request Form

A new course approval request (TR-01) form is now available.   This document is now asking that you list the cost to the student for your initial education offerings (EMS, EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic).  That information will be used when the new scholarship program is released (more information will be provided in the near future on this). 

Additionally, we can no longer accept random information (ie., various, TBD, etc) for the location of courses.  Please provide information on the physical location of the course to include a valid facility address and zip code.  If you are using multiple locations (ie. same class/program but offered at various locations throughout a county for example), please provide the location that you consider to be the primary/main location for the specific program.  On the line labeled "Classroom Location" you can provide more information and listing "various locations in xxxx County", would be appropriate.


The Virginia EMS Scholarship Program (EMSSP) is managed by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services providing scholarship awards to current Virginia EMS Providers and those seeking to become EMS providers in the Commonwealth.  The new Virginia EMS Scholarship Program officially launched on October 17, 2018.  

The EMSSP supports students who are accepted into an eligible Virginia approved initial certification program–EMR, EMT, AEMT and Paramedic.

The scholarship program is not designed to provide 100% funding for a training program.

How To Apply

Virginia EMS Providers or students seeking to become EMS providers in Virginia will apply for the scholarship program through the Virginia EMS Portal.  Students will receive an e-mail notification from the EMS Portal after they have been accepted into an eligible Virginia approved initial certification program.

Student eligibility is automatically determined by the Virginia EMS Portal and is based on the following eligibility criteria. The student:

  • must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • shall not have any current Office of EMS imposed enforcement action from the Division of Regulations and Compliance
  • must be enrolled in an eligible Virginia approved initial certification program
  • must have paid tuition for the program in which you were enrolled.

Click here for the Virginia EMS Scholarship Program Quick Guide–which details the application process for students.

Students will be required to sign a scholarship contract which should be carefully read before submitting the scholarship application.

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