The sixty-day 2018 session of the Virginia General Assembly opened January 10 and adjourned on March 10. An April session will be held to further consider the state budget. The council tracks bills and resolutions of interest to the EMS community.
Read more: 2018 Virginia General Assembly adjourns but will reconvene for the budget
Michael F. "Mike" McMahon, Jr. joined the Tidewater EMS Council staff on December 8, 2017 as the Performance Improvement and Education Coordinator. Mike is a National Registry Paramedic and Virginia Education Coordinator, and holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Bachelor's of Science degree in biology from Virginia Tech. Mike's EMS background includes volunteer and career EMS, lifeguard service and EMS instruction along with various other fire, hazmat, ICS and medical certifications.
Read more: TEMS welcomes new PI and Education Coordinator
The Tidewater EMS Council created a new field coordinator position to support EMS education, performance improvement, mass casualty preparedness and other EMS programs in the counties of Southampton and Isle of Wight, and the city of Franklin.
Harvey “Jay” Porter, the Tidewater EMS Council’s former Education and Performance Improvement Coordinator, began serving as Field Coordinator – Western Tidewater part time beginning January 1, 2018.
Read more: New field coordinator position serves Western Tidewater
Bruce W. Edwards, retired chief of the Virginia Beach Department of Emergency Medical Services, received the 2017 Governor's Award for Excellence in EMS, the state's highest EMS honor, on November 11 in Norfolk during the annual Virginia EMS Symposium awards program.
After 49 years of service Bruce W. Edwards retired from the position of EMS Chief in Virginia Beach in 2016. He started as a volunteer with the Ocean Parks Rescue Squad in 1967 and went on to build one of the most innovative and agile Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in the country.
Read more: Former Beach EMS Chief receives Governor's Excellence Award