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News archive: Jun

Friday, June 29, 2018

Dates Set for Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4 Training

Dates/locations for the Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4 in-person training are now set. They are: 1) 8/8 9-noon KCEAA, Charleston, WV, 2)8/16 9-noon Marion Co Rescue, Fairmont, WV and 3) 8/17 9-noon National Mine Health and Safety Academy, Beaver, WV. Please make plan to attend one of these sessions.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Battle in the Gorge Competition Aug 3-5 2018

Battle in the Gorge Competition will take place Aug 3-5 2018. Bridging the gap between training and the real World! This is a scenario based Fire and EMS competition. For more information and to download the brochure, click on the title above or go to

Monday, June 25, 2018

June 18, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News

June 18, 2018— First Responder Network Authority News. To read or download this article, click on the title above

Friday, June 22, 2018

WVPST Has a New Address

The WVPST regions have changed slightly. The Wheeling WVPST has moved to a new location. The new address is WV Northern Community College 1704 Market Street Room 405, Wheeling, WV 26003. WVPST-Wheeling is now serving the counties of Brooke, Doddridge, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Transition to Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4

We are pleased to announce details regarding the transition to Continuum™ and NEMSIS V.3.3.4 this summer! This email contains timelines and important steps you must take to facilitate a smooth transition. Please review this information carefully and contact the EMS Performance Improvement Center (EMSPIC) at (919) 843-0201 or the West Virginia Office of EMS at (304) 558-3956 with any questions or concerns. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

Monday, June 18, 2018

ACT Training and ACT to Paramedic Bridge Course

ACT training, taught at the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA), will begin June 25, 2018 and continue approximately 20 weeks to conclude December 7, 2018. Additionally, OEMS has approved an ACT to Paramedic Bridge Course (Bridge Course) also to be held at KCEAA beginning in August 2018 and concluding in June 2019. For more information or to download the official announcement, click on the title above.

Friday, June 15, 2018

WV Health Advisory 147 Regarding the Hepatitis A Outbreak

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (BPH) continues to investigate cases of hepatitis A in the state as part of the multi-state outbreak that is occurring nationally. Persons who use injection and non-injection drugs, persons with unstable housing or are homeless, persons with recent history of incarceration, and men who have sex with men are considered at high-risk for infection. From January 2017 to April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received over 2,500 reports of hepatitis A associated with person-to-person transmission from multiple states; of case investigations for which risk factors were known, 1,300 cases reported drug use, homelessness, or both risk factors.For more information or to download the Advisory, click the title above.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Advanced Care Technician (ACT) Task Force Established

An Advanced Care Technician (ACT) Task Force has been established to receive consensus recommendations from the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community with regard to the future disposition of the ACT certification. This Task Force will meet on an expedited schedule to provide recommendations to the Bureau for Public Health (BPH) Commissioner and the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) by early Fall 2018. For more information or to download the announcement, click on the title above.

Friday, June 8, 2018

National Registry Implementation FAQ

To see a list of frequently asked questions related to the changes related to National Registry, click on the title above.

A Cadaver Lab September 10, 2018

WVOEMS and EMSAC in conjunction with Teleflex Clinical and Medical Affairs Procedural Lab Programs will be offering a cadaver lab focusing on basic human anatomy pertaining to 10 insertion and airway management. This educational opportunity will accommodate the first 80 ALS providers that register and will be provided free of charge. For more information and registration, click the title above.

Monday, June 4, 2018

OEMS To Distribute Naloxone

OEMS has been provided with naloxone to distribute to first responders. EMS agencies can apply to receive a lot of 200 doses (2mg syringe) of naloxone with atomizers. The deadline for application is June 15. Naloxone will be distributed to those agencies selected by June 30. Please submit an email to to request an allotment of 200 doses of naloxone with atomizers.

Friday, June 1, 2018

SunMed Holdings, LLC Issues a Nationwide Recall of STAT-Check and Medline Manual Resuscitator Bags

citator bags which were distributed between February 1, 2018 to May 13, 2018. The patient port retaining ring of the affected bags may not fully seat which may allow the patient port to detach during use. If this takes place, the resuscitator bags may not deliver air to the patient and result in a delay in treatment and life-threatening health consequences. There have been no reported injuries to date. End users who have STAT-Check or Medline resuscitator bags within the lot numbers listed below should stop using them and immediately contact SunMed Holdings, LLC for further instructions on the return of these products.For more information, click on the title above.

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