"To honor outstanding achievement in emergency medical services."
The Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc. requests nominations for the annual regional EMS awards program.
About the Awards
The purpose of the regional EMS awards program is to recognize outstanding service and contributions to the local, regional or statewide EMS system. Eleven categories, plus an additional high school scholarship award, recognize EMS field providers, EMS instructors, EMS agencies, EMS agency administrators, public safety communications officers, emergency nurses, operational medical directors, EMS health and safety programs, EMS for children programs, emergency preparedness and response and overall excellence in EMS. The regional award categories are consistent with the Governor's EMS Awards program, and regional winners are automatically nominated for the Governor's awards.
Any person may submit a nomination for any award(s). The person making the nomination should have knowledge of the nominee's qualifications for the specific award category. A nominee's actions need not be extraordinary…consistent and high-quality work on a daily basis is often deserving of special recognition. Many local EMS agencies provide annual awards, and agency leaders should nominate those individuals for regional awards. The nominee must have current licensure or certification in the category in which he or she has been nominated.
2018 nominations are open and can be found here
The 2018 nomination deadline is April 15, 2018.
An awards selection committee appointed by the Tidewater EMS Council’s Board of Directors will select award recipients. Members of the awards committee are not eligible to receive an award. The Criteria and Eligibility information will be used to evaluate nominations for each of the award categories. Persons submitting nominations are urged to consider these criteria. The selection committee or staff may correspond directly with nominees in order to obtain additional eligibility and supporting information. The awards committee reviews the nominations and supporting documentation and selects award recipients in all categories. The selection committee's decisions are final. All nominees will receive certificates of recognition; award recipients will receive a special engraved award and individual awardees will also receive an award ribbon.
Presentation of Awards
2018 presentation date will be Thursday evening, June 14, 2018 at Harbor Park in Norfolk, prior to a Norfolk Tides baseball game. Watch for more information about EMS Family Day at the Ballpark, coming soon.
Governor’s EMS Awards
Only regional winners will be judged at the state level in the Governor’s EMS Awards program.
The State EMS Advisory Board’s EMS Awards Selection Committee will review and recommend Governor's award winners from among the first place winners in each of the eleven regional EMS councils' competition. The state committee will forward its recommendations to the Governor for final selection and presentation during the annual EMS symposium in November.
An EMS Advisory Board Merit Award may be given to an exceptionally outstanding nominee who did not meet all of the eligibility requirements for the Governor’s Award, but deserved special recognition. If none of the applicants in a category meets the awards criteria, the Committee can nominate someone. If the Committee feels a nominee best fits another category, it may contact the nominator or Regional EMS Council to discuss making this change.