Thursday, 11 February 2016


2016 Tidewater EMS Council's EMS and Nursing Education Expo
March 17-20, 2016

 Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center on the Riverfront, Suffolk, VA

 Online Registration is Open!

 (Sentara and Bon Secours ED Staff: contact your ED manager for a discount code while they last)
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  Download the handout flyer: pdf 2016 Expo Flyer (409 KB)

Special St. Patrick’s Day message: May the luck of the Irish grace you with plenty of gold continuing education!

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Also made possible by a Rescue Squad Assistance Fund grant from the Virginia Office of EMS.

If you have any questions, please email Jay Porter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront
100 East Constance Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
757-925-1300  Check here for Special Room Rate

Target Audience:

  • All levels of Emergency Medical Services Provider
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners

Continuing Education Credits:

  • For Virginia EMS providers - activity has been submitted to the Virginia Office of EMS for at least 18 hours of Category 1 continuing education credits
  • For Physicians and Nurses and Out of State EMS Providers - A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who are not Virginia certified EMS providers.

Paramedic and author Steven “Kelly” Grayson is the featured presenter during the Tidewater EMS Council’s 2016 EMS and Emergency Nursing Education Expo. 

Grayson will join some 25 presenters during this year’s education expo featuring five tracks and more than 50 continuing education topics for BLS and ALS providers and emergency department staff. Click here to download the current course list.

Grayson is a critical care paramedic for Acadian Ambulance in Louisiana. He has spent the past 22 years as a field paramedic, critical care transport paramedic, field supervisor and educator. He is a former president of the Louisiana EMS Instructor Society and board member of the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. He is a frequent EMS conference speaker and author of the book En Route: A Paramedic’s Stories of Life, Death, and Everything In Between and the popular blog A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver.

“Is this the end of spinal immobilization?” and “Down and dirty chest checkout” are two of Grayson’s five topics during this year’s expo.

Returning speaker Gene McDaniel will provide an all-day scenario-based patient assessment workshop. Thomas Schwalenberg will facilitate a half-day trauma skills challenge.

The two-day Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course will also be included in this year’s expo.

A lunch and learn session will feature cardiologist Robert Lancey, MD on the subject of chest trauma. A dinner and learn focusing on stroke care and strategies will be presented by John Agola and Kira Lanier.

Social Events: A St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl with complementary transportation to downtown Suffolk has been arranged for Thursday evening of the expo. Just sign up when you register. A casino night will be held Saturday evening (no signup required). Suffolk tourism has also arranged a "Legends of Main Street: A Suffolk Ghost Walk" for Friday night ($8/pp), a "Great Dismal Swamp Safari" on Sunday morning ($8/pp) and and guided tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery's 32 acres of hilly terrain and ancient cedars on Sunday afternoon ($5/pp). These three tours are fully described during Expo registration, and directly contact Kevin Sary at 757.514.4133 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view register.

The registration for the entire Expo including all educational sessions, light breakfast each day, a lunch, a dinner and casino night with hors d'oeuvres is only $50.

Upcoming Events

Washington Day - TEMS Closed
Mon Feb 15 @12:00AM
PEMS-TEMS MCI Work Group Meeting
Tue Feb 23 @ 1:30PM - 03:30PM
Board of Directors - TEMS
Thu Mar 10 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
TEMS Quarterly Drug/IV Box Inventory
Wed Mar 16 @ 4:30PM - 04:31PM
Tue Mar 29 @ 1:30PM - 03:30PM
EMS Medical Operations Committee & RSAF Review - TEMS
Wed Apr 13 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Tue Apr 26 @ 1:30PM - 03:30PM
TEMS Awards Nominations Deadline (midnight)
Sun May 01 @12:00AM
Memorial Day - TEMS Closed
Mon May 30 @12:00AM
EMS Medical Operations Committee - TEMS
Wed Jun 08 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
TEMS Quarterly Drug/IV Box Inventory
Wed Jun 15 @ 4:30PM - 04:31PM
Board of Directors - TEMS
Thu Jun 16 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
2016 TEMS Annual EMS Family Fun Day and Awards Presentation in Norfolk
Sun Jun 19 @11:30AM - 04:00PM
Independence Day - TEMS Closed
Mon Jul 04 @12:00AM

Upcoming Classes

Healthcare Provider CPR
Sat Feb 13 @ 9:00AM -
CPR, AED and First Aid
Tue Feb 16 @12:00PM -
Healthcare Provider CPR
Sat Feb 20 @ 9:00AM -
CPR, AED and First Aid
Sat Feb 20 @ 9:00AM -
Healthcare Provider CPR
Tue Feb 23 @12:00PM -
Wed Feb 24 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
Thu Feb 25 @ 8:30AM - 05:30PM
CPR, AED and First Aid
Thu Feb 25 @ 4:00PM -
EMS Functions in the ICS Course
Sat Feb 27 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Healthcare Provider CPR
Sat Feb 27 @ 9:00AM -
EMS Functions in the ICS Course
Sun Feb 28 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Consolidated Testing @EVMS 03/01/16
Tue Mar 01 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
CPR, AED and First Aid
Thu Mar 03 @ 9:00AM -
Healthcare Provider CPR
Sat Mar 05 @ 9:00AM -
Healthcare Provider CPR
Wed Mar 09 @ 5:30PM -
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