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ODEMSA Welcomes New Staff Members

ODEMSA would like to welcome two new staff members to the council. 



Jordan Rennie

Program Coordinator



Jordan has been in EMS for about ten years starting when he was 17 with Goochland County as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT. He believes the decision, to join a volunteer firehouse, is probably the second most pivotal and wonderful occurrence that’s ever happened to him, overshadowed only by his wife agreeing to hang out with him for life.

Through the years he has worked as a paramedic for the Richmond Ambulance Authority and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in the ER. The last three years he has spent the majority of his time pursuing a bachelor’s degree, working, and learning how to be a husband. Jordan graduated with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from VCU this past May. Soon after, he began a Master of Business Administration program with a concentration in Healthcare Management.

Jordan’s hobbies include learning new languages, reading, using his new smoker/grill, playing with his puppy Obi-wan, and enjoying a lively bouquet of wine. Of particularly exciting news, he and his wife and found out that they are expecting their first child in March 2018, so he will be adding Dad to the list. He has said that he will accept any and all advice on how to go about doing that. Jordan has found himself in a new position outside of the clinical arena and is eager to help improve and facilitate the care given by our providers. He is very proud of the work done by ODEMSA and is looking forward to contributing what he can to that mission!


Ryan Scarbrough, Regional Projects Coordinator

Ryan Scarbrough

Regional Projects Coordinator


Ryan is a Virginia EMT-B who has a wide skills set and and diverse background which includes technology and EMS. Some folks may know him by his nickname “Scooter”. He began his EMS career with Manchester Vol. Rescue for a short stent when he was 16. After finishing high school, he began volunteering with Bensley-Bermuda Vol. Rescue as a Junior Squad Member for many years. He spent three years as an EMT for Richmond Ambulance Authority, and he was also an EMS Supervisor for Kings Dominion for seven years.

Ryan comes to us from the Capital Region Airport Commission which is commissioned to operate the Richmond International Airport. During his time there he was a 911 dispatcher for three years and then moved into the roll of Accounts Payable Clerk and Accounting Assistant for over three more years. He has also worked as an ED Tech at Johnston-Willis Hospital for a few years mainly during his down time from Kings Dominion. He currently volunteers with Lakeside Vol. Rescue Squad where he is the President and has held multiple officer and committee chair positions during his time there. He is also the current VAVRS District 3 Secretary and has represented his squad at the VAVRS Board of Governors meetings for many years.

For now, Ryan lives in Chesterfield and enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, learning Norwegian, and the occasional quiet night home catching up with the DVR. He is passionate about the advent of sustainable transport and energy production and is a day one reservation holder for the Tesla Model 3. He is also very enthusiastic about space travel (and secretly hopes to be an astronaut one day) and follows SpaceX and the MarsOne Project, both of which are striving to send colonists to mars within the next decade.

Powhatan Online EMT Class


ODEMSA Hosting a Hybrid EMT Course


All didactic portions of the class are online.  Labs meet every Tuesday at Powhatan Fire Station 2 starting February 6, 2018.  There are also three Saturday courses.  Attendance in 100% of the lab is expected.  For more information, see the Online EMT Class Information Packet


Mandatory first night paperwork meeting Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Powhatan Fire Station 2. 



  1. Must be at least 16 years of age on or before Feb 6, 2018 (no exceptions can be made)
  2. Must have a valid, healthcare provider CPR card. Online-only CPR courses will not meet the requirement. A list of acceptable CPR courses is included in the application packet.
  3. Have access to reliable internet.
  4. A self-motivated learner!

Click here to download the application. Applications must be received on or before Feb 6, 2018. Please contact Megan Young at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 804-560-3300 for more information.



2018 ODEMSA Protocols

ODEMSA is releasing the 2018 Protocols soon!  This is a brand new book and as such we recommend you purchase one or utilize the PDF copy on our website which will be updated shortly. There is a pre-order form for the books in the link below that is accepted electronically. Please be aware this may take a few weeks to process as we will be placing a bulk order at our vendor. A PowerPoint training program will be released within the next two weeks along with some optional in person training dates. If you have any questions please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 804-560-3300.


Please use the link below to pre-order the ODEMSA protocol books


Order Form for ODEMSA Protocol Books



Are YOU Ready For A Disaster

Providers, as you know, the hurricane season is well upon us.  ODEMSA joins you in your concern for the recent victims in TX, and those that are in current hurricane paths.  We know providers, from our region and throughout Virginia, are participating in hurricane missions at multiple disaster locations.  We want to take a moment to remind you to make sure you, and your family, are prepared for any type of disaster.  You CAN NOT help others when you, yourself, are in need.  Your mind CAN NOT focus on your missions when it's worried about family, pets and your home.  We plead you GET A KIT, MAKE A PLAN and STAY INFORMED.   Visit for more information and well prepared checklists.  ODEMSA staff wish well-being to all our providers and their families.  Please take a moment, to take recommended precautions, to assure your safety.




Opioid Exposure Guidelines

     !!!  Hazardous Exposure Alert  !!!

    -Potential Risk to Providers-

The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) announced its endorsement of a new American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) document detailing safety precautions for first responders in opioid overdose situations.  To view the document in its entirity click here.




Upcoming Events

Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights
January 18, 2018 (18:00 - 22:00)
Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights
February 01, 2018 (18:00 - 22:00)
Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights
March 01, 2018 (18:00 - 22:00)
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General Information and Mission Statement

The Old Dominion EMS Alliance is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils established within the Code of Virginia, Section 32.1-111.11 to coordinate EMS. Created in 1980, ODEMSA is charged by law "with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system" to include the regional coordination of emergency medical disaster planning and response. It is a corporation under Virginia law and is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit group under IRS Code 501 (c) (3). Mission Statement: The Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance, an integral part of Virginia's Comprehensive Emergency Medical Services System, serves to assess, identify, coordinate, plan and implement an efficient and effective regional EMS delivery system within Planning Districts 13, 14, 15 and 19, in partnership with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.


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