About Us

Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council was established in 1980.  The Council is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit public agency, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is one of 11 Regional EMS Councils that serve specific geographic areas of the Commonwealth. The council is charged with the development and implementation of an efficient and effective regional emergency medical services delivery system.  Our mission at Northern Virginia EMS Council is to improve emergency medical care in Northern Virginia.  We are an integral part of Virginia’s comprehensive EMS system, collaborating with the office of EMS, local government officials, physicians, hospitals, and EMS agencies to plan and coordinate EMS activities at the regional level to promote quality of care within Planning District 8.  We are the local point of contact and support for all stakeholders in the Northern Virginia Regional EMS system.  We are here to assist in resolving issues whenever possible and make appropriate referrals on specific matters as needed.  The Council has a full-time staff of three, a part-time staff of one and a voluntary Board of Directors.   

The Council assists in the planning and coordination of the region’s emergency medical services to ensure that the best emergency care possible is available, facilitates public EMS needs, and assists EMS agencies with funding opportunities.  In addition, we support the emergency providers themselves, providing an opportunity for education, testing, and recognition.  We also work with the local community, supporting educational outreach and training needs.

The Northern Virginia Region has a population of over 3.1 million and includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park; and the Metro Washington Airports Authority (Reagan National and Washington Dulles International Airports), the Pentagon and other Federal and state agencies, numerous corporate headquarters, and endless highways and commuter routes.  This 1,338 square mile region extends from very urban to very rural areas. Our region is considered part of the National Capital Region and interacts on a daily basis with the EMS systems in Washington, DC, and Maryland.

Serving the Northern Virginia Region are 11 hospitals, over 50 EMS agencies (government, volunteer, federal, non-profit, commercial, and industrial), over 4,700 EMS providers, almost 500 licensed EMS vehicles, 4 licensed medevac helicopter agencies (2 in Northern VA and 2 from Washington, DC), and one fixed wing agency.

Providing coordination and oversight to this very large and complex EMS system is the Northern Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council.


Council Staff

Ray Whatley                                Executive Director

Michelle Ludeman                       Regional Coordinator

Laura Vandegrift                          Administrative Coordinator

Margaret Probst                          Stroke Smart Coordinator/Data Analyst



State and Local Representation

 NVEMSC Committee Program Leaders 

  • NVEMSC Executive Committee
    • President - Nathan Strong, Captain, Prince William County Fire & Rescue
    • Vice President - Brian Orndoff, Battalion Chief, City of Fairfax Fire Department
    • Secretary/Treasurer - Keith Morrison, Director of Emergency Preparedness/Safety Officer/EMS Outreach, Reston Hospital Center
    • Immediate Past President - Anne Marsh, Battalion Chief - Retired, Arlington County Fire Department
    • Member-at-Large - Corey Smedley, Fire Chief, Alexandria Fire Department
  • Regional Medical Direction Committee
    • Kari Scantlebury, MD, Chair
  • Regional Stroke Committee
    • Margaret Probst, NVEMSC Stroke Smart Coordinator
    • Laith Altaweel, MD, Inova Health System Neurointensivist
  • Trauma Performance Improvement Committee
    • Elizabeth Franco, MD, Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Acute Care, Inova Fairfax Medical Campus
    • Babak Sarani, MD, Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and Co-Medical Director of Critical Care, George Washington University Hospital,
  • VHAC Northern Region
    • Brian Orndoff, Battalion Chief, City of Fairfax Fire Department
    • Behnam Tehrani, MD, Inova Health System Interventional Cardiologist

State EMS Committee Representatives

  • State EMS Advisory Board
    • Beth Adams, NVEMSC Representative
  • Medical Direction Committee
    • John Morgan, MD, NVEMSC Representative
  • Provider Health and Safety Committee
    • Michelle Ludeman, NVEMSC Representative
  • Training and Certification Committee
    • Michelle Ludeman, NVEMSC Representative
  • Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators (VAGEMSA)
    • Ray Whatley, Treasurer
  • Workforce Development Committee
    • Byron Andrews

Northern Virginia EMS Council  7250 Heritage Village Plaza, Ste 102, Gainesville, VA 20155

Regional EMS Meetings

11 Oct 2023
09:00AM - 11:00PM
NVEMSC Medical Performance Improvement
19 Oct 2023
10:00AM - 12:00PM
NVEMSC Board of Directors Meeting
19 Oct 2023
12:00PM - 01:00PM
NVEMSC OMD/EMS Leaders Monthly Meeting
24 Oct 2023
10:00AM - 12:00PM
NVEMSC Stroke Committee Meeting
06 Nov 2023
02:00PM - 03:00PM
NVEMSC Trauma Managers Meeting
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