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ODEMSA is happy to announce that the 18th Annual Regional Council Awards will be held at Kings Dominon on Sunday, May 20, 2018!

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On November 21, 2016, State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency. This declaration comes in response to the growing number of overdoses attributed to opioid use, including Carfentanil, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid. In light of the growing number of overdoses in Virginia, Virginia’s first responders are at risk for exposure of opioids in the line of duty. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) partnered with the University of Kentucky’s Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to assess the extent of exposure, health effects, and knowledge about protective measures to prevent exposure to opioid drugs among first responders.


In collaboration with the University of Kentucky, NIOSH, and local and regional partners, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has developed a survey instrument to assess the extent of exposure, health effects, and knowledge about protective measures to prevent exposure to opioid drugs. Participation is voluntary and we are hoping to collect all responses by March 1, 2018. The survey shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes and all responses are anonymous.


Opioid Exposure Among Virginia First Responders Survey:

Fentanyl FAQs: Fentanyl Safety Information for First Responders

ODEMSA has released the 2018 Protocols!  This is a brand new book and as such we recommend you purchase one or utilize the PDF copy on our website. 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 has been completed and is posted below with some links to a few additional training.


***2018 Protocol Update*** Books are currently in printing. We have been told about a week or two more. Thank you all for your patience!


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


Training Video for ODEMSA 2018 Protocols


Training Video on Intranasal Medication Admin


Training Video on How and Why to use Intranasal Medications


Training Video on Stroke Scale VAN

The ODEMSA Region recently went on a Code Red Diversion Status.  As you may know, this is where, per the ODEMSA Diversion Plan, 50% or more of total region ED volume and at least five (5) hospitals are on adult medical diversion.  The region has been seeing increased occurrence of diversion status from healthcare facilities due to a number of factors that are not fully defined.  From an EMS standpoint, ODEMSA asks everyone to become familiar with the ODEMSA MCI and Diversion plans.  Both plans are located under "Regional Documents" on this pages left menu.  We thank the Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition and ODEMSA region healthcare facilities for their efforts, participation, and leadership during these stressed times. 

ODEMSA Welcomes Three New Staff Members 


Lynette Leslie

Administrative Coordinator

Consolidated Test Site (CTS) Coordinator



Lynette has been in Emergency Medical Services for the past 20 plus years. Her love of helping others started at Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, where she is a Life Member. While with MVRS she has held positions as EVOC and Field Trainer, Assistant Crew Leader, and Board Member at Large. Manchester Volunteer Rescue helped her to build many lifelong friendships.

Lynette has a very diverse work background. She worked as a Fire/Rescue dispatcher on midnight shift for seven years with Chesterfield Emergency Communications. During her time with Chesterfield she crossed trained to work Animal Control, Police Service, Sheriff and Teletype. One of the most memorable moments was receiving a Certificate of Commendations for assisting with a Life Save. Upon leaving Chesterfield she moved to Highland County to work for the Sheriff as a 911 dispatcher. After moving back to Richmond, Lynette worked for a biotech firm as an executive assistant to the CEO.

She currently resides in Powhatan with her fiancée Stephen and her daughter. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends and researching new locations for vacations. She looks forward to meeting new people as well as working with old acquaintances in her new position.




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.

Upcoming Events

Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights
May 24, 2018 (18:00 - 22:00)
Consolidated Testing - Colonial Heights
June 14, 2018 (18:00 - 22:00)
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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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