Rescue Lines – Spring 2017 – BLS Academy #18 Graduation

EMTGradsCongratulations to the graduates of BLS Academy #18, who were recognized in a ceremony at the training center on April 5, 2017.

(listed alphabetically)

Alexis Atkinson

Daniel Billowitz

Taylor Branscomb

Janeza Calderon

Christopher Denfeld

Lacey Duke

Benjamin Hansen

Honey Hartleb

Alexis Harvey

James Horst

Carmen Jordan

Lena Kessler

Kristen Mabine

Kiana Noer

Mikayla Plansker

Kiel Powell

Elizabeth Rogers

Melissa Toupin

William Trembley

Kyle Valentine

Travon Whitehurst

Rescue Lines – Spring 2017 – Ecuador Physician Rides with VBEMS

GraceCoronelTwenty-seven year old Dr. Grace Coronel is from Guayaquil, Ecuador. She works on a cruise ship called the Silversea Galapagos as medical officer in charge, and she often vacations in Virginia Beach visiting her boyfriend and his family.

On a recent trip to our city, she wanted to further her experience in the field, and VBEMS gladly set her up on an observer ride with EMT Lynette Dimitry and Paramedic Susan Palmer.

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Rescue Lines – Spring 2017 – VBEMS Passes OEMS Inspection

OEMS1In March, Virginia Beach’s Emergency Response System, including all ten volunteer rescue squads, the EMS Department and the Fire Department, underwent an intensive inspection from the state Office of EMS, which is required every two years. It involves a thorough inspection of every ambulance, squad/rescue truck, zone car, engine and ladder, along with an extensive checklist of reports and other paperwork gathered and submitted months prior to the inspection.

Led by Division Chief Kevin Lipscomb, this year’s inspections were accomplished safely and efficiently, and the system received very high marks. Congrats to everyone involved!

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