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To provide regional planning and educational services that will help reduce death and disability resulting from sudden or serious injury and illness in the communities we serve through planning and development of a comprehensive, coordinated regional EMS system and the provision of high-quality educational resources to enable the EMS community to provide the highest quality emergency medical care possible to those in need.
Central Shenandoah EMS Council (CSEMS) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation which provides regional EMS education & training, planning and technical support services to its five cities and five counties, eleven towns and many public agencies within it boundary. Localities served by the Council include: the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro and the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham. The region mirrors the boundaries of Virginia’s Sixth Planning District which covers a geographic area of 3,439 square miles with a population of over 278,000. This makes the region the Commonwealth’s largest planning district, geographically speaking, and fifth largest in terms of population. The 65 member EMS agencies are a mix of non-profit, government and private, for-profit services with a mixture of both paid and volunteer staff.
Established in 1979, we have continued to provide facilitation for regional planning and implementation of the regional EMS system. We provide for consistent initial certification courses and continuing education offerings for all EMS agencies within the region. We also have one of the most active training centers in the Commonwealth for the American Heart Association.