2017 News



HCVRS Welcomes New Members

Please join us in welcoming some of our newest members. Brenda Allamong, Joel Brown, Cyd Clemmons, Paul Clemmons, Harold Dove, Krystal Ralston, Robby Redd, Lauren Siron, Debbie Trible, Isaac Varner, and Brittany Young. Joining these new members in the EMT class is current HCVRS member, Joe DiGiugno. Class will begin September 2017 and conclude mid April 2018.  Additionally, HCVRS welcomes Matt Ratcliff, Jessica and Wayne Hannah as well as Delmar Vandevender and Yvonne McLaughlin to our ranks. Delmar and Yvonne are joining HCVRS as drivers and are both eager to help our community. Matt and Jessica are joining as currently certified EMTs with Hot Springs Rescue Squad and will be associate members with HCVRS and Wayne is planning to join as a Support Member. This is further helping to establish a Bolar HCVRS Substation in the Bolar Fire Department. HCVRS and EMS Coordinator Chris Vernovai have had a long term goal of establishing a substation in Bolar and Blue Grass. With membership numbers growing in the Bolar area, this plan is getting closer to a reality. If you live in the Bolar area and wish to become a HCVRS member, please contact us so we can help to advance this project.


Many of these new members are planning to become dual certified as well to ensure that they will be able to drive the emergency vehicles.  Delmar, Joel, Harold, Krystal, Lauren, Debbie, Yvonne along with Captain Andrew Shell completed the EVOC training program and may very well be seen behind the wheel of one of the HCVRS units either training or a newly released driver! Welcome all and congratulations!


If you are interested in joining HCVRS, please contact us or you can download an application here on our website or stop by the office at 50 Fleisher Avenue in Monterey. 








HCVRS Welcomes Junior Members


Please join us in welcoming some of our newest junior members. Recently, HCVRS welcomed two (2) new Junior Members, Austin Ailstock and Kay Crider to our ranks. Both members are students at Highland County Public Schools and add to our Junior Membership's ranks. Both Austin and Kay already are showing some great initiative attending the monthly meetings and training sessions.


Austin has been looking forward to coming to the age where he would be able to join the ranks for a number of years. When HCVRS would be attending various events in the county, it wasn't uncommon to see Austin with our members absorbing as much as he could to learn about HCVRS and EMS. Austin is looking forward to being able to enroll into an EMT class when he becomes of age. Kay joined HCVRS as it is the "family business" for EMS. 



​2017-2018 HCVRS EMT Class 


Please join us in welcoming our HCVRS EMT Class Members in their training to become some of the newest HCVRS EMTs! Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday 6-10 pm at the Highland County Public Schools in partnership with the Central Shenandoah EMS Council (CSEMS). The first night of class was met with 15 students. By the second month there where still 10 happy and eager EMT students looking forward to serving our county as the newest EMTs for HCVRS. The class will be completed on 18 April where the students will be completing their final steps to test as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The testing process is rigorous as we want to have the best possible candidates to advance as they are potentially the difference between life and death for their patients. The testing process includes completing the NREMT psychomotor exam consisting of a medical assessment and management patient scenario, a trauma assessment and management scenario and a random skills test in which they randomly must perform a skill station in which they blindly choose from one of 6 possibilities. Once they pass this strenuous testing process they must then complete the NREMT adaptive written exam.


​Our current students are having the opportunity to learn from members of the squad including members of the 2015-2016 graduates. If you see any of our current students, please take a moment and thank them and wish them luck on their venture.









EMT Ashley Ross Completes the Intermediate Program 

The CSEMS 2016-2017 EMT-Intermediate Program concluded and our EMT, Ashley Ross has successfully completed the EMT-Intermediate class graduating in June 2017. While they continue their training on the road with HCVRS as EMTs, they are continuing to advance their education to the Intermediate Level Provider. Ashley and Steven will continue their training starting on 29 September through June of 2017 learning advanced assessment skills, cardiac rhythm recognition and interventions through a wide variety of medication therapies. Once they complete this training they will undergo rigorous testing processes both written and physical followed by a precepting period in which they will be working under another Intermediate or a Paramedic ensuring competency with the protocols and the Operational Medical Director's requirements. 

​The Intermediate program is designed to certify technicians to a mid-level of pre-hospital advanced life support care in Virginia. This program fulfills all the requirements of the Virginia EMS Education Standards at the Intermediate level. All skills and subjects contained in the curriculum for Intermediate are covered for a minimum of 272 hours of instruction with a minimum of 156 hours devoted to extensive clinical rotations in specialty units. In addition to the above, the candidate must complete patient contact calls in which they act as the Field Team Leader (FTL) on an ALS ambulance. Clinical rotations of this type are not usually available for lower level providers. These additional clinical rotations include time spent in OR/Recovery Units, Critical Care Units, Labor & Delivery Units, Pediatrics, Emergency Department and Mental Health Clinics. The Intermediate program is designed to educate the technician in the following areas of pre-hospital care: preparatory skills, airway management and ventilation, patient assessment, trauma, medical, special considerations and assessment based management. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs psychomotor and cognitive assessment exams which lead to certification at the Intermediate level in the State of Virginia.

Currently HCVRS has 2 active Intermediate Providers, Jed Thomas and Todd Brendel. Both Jed and Todd are also past Officers with HCVRS, Jed having served as Lieutenant, President and Captain and Todd as the President. Jed and Todd are both graduates of the 2011-2012 CSEMS Intermediate Program and have continued to remain valuable assets for both HCVRS and Highland County. We greatly anticipate the addition of Ashley to the list of our Intermediate Providers here at HCVRS.









CSEMS REGIONAL AWARDS











Please join us in congratulating our HCVRS Members, as they recipient of this year’s Shenandoah EMS Council 2017 Outstanding EMS Agency of the Year Award! You can view the article from CSEMS click here.  HCVRS will go on to be nominated for the 2017 Governor's Award for Outstanding EMS Agency of the Year to be awarded at the Virginia OEMS Symposium in November 2017.


Award Background:

An award given to an EMS agency that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to its community; whose high level of patient care is evident by innovative training, community awareness, preventive health programs, public relations efforts and participation in local, regional and statewide EMS systems.










In Photo L-R: Asher Brand, Agency OMD, John Mongomery, Nick Shifflett, Mary Schooler, Ben Schooler, Jack Schooler, Joe Shell, Michael Shell, Laura Lambert, Abby Hutchinson, Mark McLaughlin, Chris Vernovai, Yvonne McLaughlin. (Photo by John Bruce)

Updated:  1 May 2018

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