Roanoke County Receives Outstanding EMS Agency Award

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Roanoke County EMS officials at last week’s award ceremony.

Roanoke County EMS officials at last week’s award ceremony.

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Department has received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding EMS Agency. The annual Governor’s EMS Awards were presented at the EMS Symposium ceremony held in Norfolk, Virginia last weekend.

The Governor’s EMS Awards were established as a formal recognition of outstanding contributions to EMS across the Commonwealth. In June the Department was selected as the Regional Outstanding EMS Agency and was then forwarded to compete at the state level.

The State EMS Awards Selection Committee reviewed the first place winners in each of the 11 Regional EMS Councils’ competition and winners selected at the state level were forwarded with the Committee’s recommendations to the Governor for final approval. The winners in the ten categories were then announced at the annual EMS Symposium conference ceremony in Norfolk.

The department was selected because it “exemplifies outstanding professionalism and service to the citizens and visitors of Roanoke County; provides a high level of patient care that is evident by innovative training, community awareness, preventive health programs, public relations efforts and participation in local, regional and statewide EMS systems.”

During the 2009 calendar year the department dedicated a new station in North Roanoke County to enhance fire and rescue services across the county. They also upgraded their Emergency Radio System to allow the County to maintain inter- operability with other local agencies.