Peninsula COVID Operations Center Wins EMS Award

Words and Images Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg.

The Williamsburg Fire Department joined regional partners in accepting
the Peninsula Emergency Medical Services (PEMS) 2020 Award for Outstanding Innovation Excellence in EMS.

In a ceremony at the Newport News Operations Center on Thursday, Oct. 15, the award was given to the Peninsula COVID Operations Center (PCOC).

The PCOC was first formed in March 2020 when the cases of COVID-19 began rising quickly on the Virginia Peninsula. Its formation addressed the need for effective collaboration among the localities, the health department, and the hospital systems throughout the pandemic.

“The PCOC was invaluable for our Peninsula agencies to maintain a common operating picture and to share best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Williamsburg Fire Chief David Eagle said.

The regional partners involved in the PCOC are: City of Williamsburg, City of Hampton, City of Newport News, City of Poquoson, James City County, York County, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, Hampton VA Medical Center, Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Sentara Careplex Hospital, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Navy Regional Mid-Atlantic, and Hampton/Peninsula Health District.

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