Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Virginia Military Institute Emergency Medical Services (VMI EMS) is a Cadet-run non-transport Basic Life Support agency comprised entirely of volunteers from the VMI Corps of Cadets. VMI EMS operates 24/7 while during the regular school year and responds to every incident that happens at VMI.

Core Values:



We strive to treat all patients and bystanders with the highest standards of military bearing, professionalism, and virtuosity.


Our EMTs undergo regular training in a variety of topics to ensure all practitioners are ready and able to work in any scenario.


VMI EMS values the caregiver's ability to provide high quality care in a manner that makes the patient feel at ease .

About Us

Our Mission:

To serve the Virginia Military Institute community by providing emergency medical services with the highest standards of professionalism, compassion, and competence.


VMI EMS started in 1996 as the "VMI EMS Club" where they provided support on an as needed basis to major VMI events such as graduation and parades. In the beginning, the EMS Club could not provide continuing education to its members, and they were only able to respond to incidents on foot! In 1996, there were only eight EMTs in the club.

Today, VMI EMS is a fully accredited non-transport BLS agency. There is not a single event that occurs at VMI where a Cadet-EMT is not present! Today's VMI EMS is staffed by over 70 Cadet-EMTs and receives funding and support from the Virginia Military Institute.


Basic Life Support (BLS):

All VMI EMS members are Nationally Registered and Virginia Registered Emergency Medical Technicans - Basic (EMT-B). 

Common BLS Emergencies at VMI include, but are not limited to:

  • Concussions
  • General Illness
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Heat Injuries/Illness
  • Joint Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Syncope
  • Mental Health Emergencies

Event Support and Standby: 

All events at VMI including Ratline Events, ROTC Control Times, Parades, and NCAA Sporting Events are supported by VMI EMS. To ensure that there is VMI EMS presence at every event, our EMTs are spread across all 10 Companies at VMI. There is always 1 EMT from each company that is on standby for an event in case there is a shortage of volunteer personnel.

Band - Nate Sylvia '23 

Alpha - Jaci Zeagler '23 

Bravo - Jack Sheehan '23 

Charlie - Cody Wickham '23 

Delta - John Adams '22 

Echo - John Duran '22 

F-Troop - Dan Quets '22 

Golf - Ethan Carpenter '23 

Hotel - Daniel Hamner '22 

India - Gen Petrassi '22 

Request VMI EMS Coverage

Please make requests at least 7 days before the requested date to allow us to allocate resources for the event.


EMT-B Course:

The Virginia Military Institute hosts an EMT-B course taught by VAOEMS Certified Instructors during Summer Session I. This opportunity is only open to rising 3rd and 2nd Class Cadets. The intent is to have at least 20 newly certified EMTs fully certified by the beginning of the next academic year. 
Cost: Free to Cadets who serve at least 4 semesters as an EMT.


Contact Information


Poison Control: 1-(800) 222-1222 
Suicide Prevention: 1-(800) 273-8255 


Virginia Military Institute Emergency Medical Services 
418 VMI Parade 
Lexington, Virginia 24450 
Phone: (540) 464-7294 
Fax: (540) 464-7388 


  • Rockbridge County Dispatch (Non-Emergent): (540) 463-7329
  • Rockbridge County Police (Non-Emergent): (540) 463-7329
  • Post Hospital: (540) 464-7218
  • Cadet Counseling: (540) 464-7667
  • VMI Guard Room: (540) 464-7294
  • VMI Post Police: (540) 464-7017