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EMS Clarification of Governors Savings Plan
Governor McAuliffe's FY 2015 Savings Plan, Pursuant to Item 471.10 of HB 5010 was released to the public on October 15. The Virginia Department of Health's budget reduction includes the following language within the Governor's Plan:
 
Capture balance from the Emergency Medical Services Fund. This strategy transfers balances in the Special Emergency Medical Services Fund to the General Fund. The loss of this revenue is not expected to have a direct impact on agency services or operations. This amount is $4,000,000.
 
The $4,000,000 capture of EMS funds identified in Governor McAuliffe's FY 2015 Savings Plan does not impact the $4.25 that currently supports EMS services and operations in Virginia.

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Infectious Diseases Section Added to Website
What You need to know about Ebola
We have added a dedicated infectious diseases information section to our website. The section includes a direct link to the CDC Health Alert Network as well as links to official Ebola, enterovirus and pandemic flu information. See the "Infectious Diseases" link on our menu to the left.  EMS Providers are reminded to be sure to ask patients with fever about recent travel.  With a fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit and additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage ask about travel to West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone or other countries where EVD transmission has been reported by WHO) within 21 days (3 weeks) of symptom onset. If such travel, or contact with those who have traveled to those area, is reported, along with the signs and symptoms, isolate the patient, initiate standard infectious disease precautions, including contact and droplet precautions, and alert the hospital.

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TEMS Grant Progam Helps EMS Providers Attend National Conferences
The Tidewater EMS Council offers a new round of grants 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. This round of grants will support attendance for up to four awardees at any upcoming national EMS conference before June 15, 2015. Those interested in obtaining a grant should apply no later than November 14, 2014.

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TEMS to sponsor series of infection control courses
The Tidewater EMS Council is sponsoring OSHA infection control courses for public safety officials. A Basic Designated Infection Control Officer course will be held December 13-14.  Other courses include an infection control train-the-trainer course on December 11, an annual designated officer update on December 11 and an advanced designated officer course on December 12. All courses will be held at the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier. Register at www.tidewaterems.org/osha.
Fire and EMS Leaders Urged to Attend EMS Functions in ICS Course
The Tidewater and Peninsulas EMS Councils are offering a series of the National Fire Academy's EMS Functions in ICS courses. This course presents scenarios requiring responders to structure their EMS resources within the guidance of NIMS ICS, as appropriate to the needs of the different incident types. Through simulation and role-playing, students will demonstrate the implementation of EMS components in an ICS system at medium- or large-sized incidents. We recommend this course for all senior and supervisory fire and EMS leaders as well as any responder. Prerequisites are ICS 100 and 200. Courses supported by the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition. Dates/locations, more information and register here:
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Upcoming Classes

Tue Oct 21 @08:30 -
BLS INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Sat Oct 25 @08:30 -
CPR AED FIRST AID
Sat Oct 25 @08:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Wed Oct 29 @08:30 - 05:30PM
ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents Course
Thu Oct 30 @12:00 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Sat Nov 01 @08:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Sat Nov 08 @08:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Sat Nov 08 @08:30 -
CPR/AED/FIRST AID
Tue Nov 11 @17:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Wed Nov 12
CPR/AED/FIRST AID
Sat Nov 15 @08:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Sat Nov 15 @09:00 - 02:00PM
Mass Casualty Incident Management - Module I
Sat Nov 22 @08:00 - 05:00PM
EMS Functions in ICS Course
Sat Nov 22 @08:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Wed Nov 26 @12:00 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
Mon Dec 01 @08:00 - 05:00PM
TEEX Medical Management of CBRNE Events
Sat Dec 06 @08:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
Mon Dec 08 @08:00 - 05:00PM
EMS Functions in ICS Course
Wed Dec 10 @17:30 -
CPR FOR THE HEALTHCARE P[ROVIDER
Thu Dec 11 @08:00 - 05:00PM
OSHA Infection Control Train-the-Trainer