The Georgia EMS Association is dedicated to helping EMTs and Paramedics who work in the State of Georgia. GEMSA is an association you can be proud to be a member of.
With member discounts, educational conferences, representation on a host of organizations, the GEMSA Journal, legislative representation, other discounts, and much more, you can't afford not to be a member.
EMR/EMT Grants - Applications Due Sept. 30, 2020
The Georgia EMS Association currently has EMR - First Responder/EMT grant dollars available to fund First Responder/EMT courses across the State. The First Responder/EMT grants are made possible by funding provided through the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission.
While all 911 zoned EMS Services and 911 Licensed Medical First Responders are eligible to apply for the grant, priority will be given to those services willing to quickly complete the course approval requirements and conduct the program within the contract period allowed.
Get complete details on our grants page here.
The Safeguarding First Responders Act of 2020
We would like to share a document the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia Department of Public Health; Emergency Preparedness, Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association, Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Inc., Georgia Sheriff’s Association, and the Georgia State Firefighters Association worked together to prepare for Georgia’s public safety disciplines. The Associations have come together to make sure each of the public safety disciplines in Georgia are as prepared as possible in the event one of our personnel succumb to COVID in the line of duty.
Recently, Congress passed, and the President signed into law “The Safeguarding First Responders Act of 2020”. This law provides for some level of LODD presumption for first responders who die from COVID19. While the law takes effect immediately and covers deaths that have already occurred, the Department of Justice (PSOB) is in the process of writing rules which will regulate how the law is interpreted and stipulate what will qualify and what will not, as well as how the application for benefits will be processed.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has put together a task force to assist public safety agencies in making application once the rules are completed. As all of this takes place, we wanted to make sure that you have all of the information you may need. The document here provides some of this information.
Please review and if you have any questions or concerns please contact your appropriate Association or State agency liaison.
2020 GEMSA providers & Educators Conference - Virtual event
In-Person: Trauma Symposium or Instructor Workshop - Oct. 10
VIRTUAL Conference/Exhibit Hall: Oct. 11-13
IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS - OCT. 10 - Additional Fee Required
VIRTUAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS/EXHIBIT HALL - OCT. 11-13
For complete details or to register, visit our conference page here.
If you are interested in a virtual exhibitor booth, view more information here.
Vote Now for GEMSA Board of Directors and Division Elections
All active members of GEMSA are eligible to vote in support of candidates for its board of directors and division presidents. The open board member positions are two year terms, and you may vote for up to two people. You may vote for one person for president of your membership division.
If you have never logged in, you can activate your account by clicking on the login button at the very top right corner of the GEMSA website. On the login screen, click the "forgot password" link. Enter the e-mail address we have on file, and it will provide you with directions via e-mail about setting your password. Then click on the electronic ballot link to vote.
EMS World Expo - VIRTUAL Event
The 2020 EMS World Expo will now be delivered as a virtual experience, September 14-18. If you’ve never participated in EMS World Expo or haven’t attended the last few years, now is the best time to give us a try. With no hotel or travel costs, you can access EMS World Expo Virtual education from anywhere in the world.
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GEMSA Journal - SUMMER 2020
The Summer issue of the GEMSA Journal is available in a digital format here. You can view it on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. Features of this issue:
New COVID-19 Resource Page on GEMSA Website
In an effort to be a key resource for information and assistance during the pandemic, we have developed a COVID-19 Resource page on our GEMSA website - georgiaemsassociation/covid-19.
We will continue to gather information and all available resources to share on the Resource page as items are available. Stay well.
Georgia Retirement Plan
The Georgia EMS Association has partnered with financial service partners and PointeNorth Insurance Group to assist in the development of a Georgia EMS Retirement Fund. This has been in the works for some time and significant progress has been made.
The biggest obstacle that we face right now for creating a Georgia EMS Retirement Plan is the low number of EMS association members in relation to the total number of EMS professionals in Georgia. Actuaries are structuring the plan so that only members of the Georgia EMS Association will be eligible for the Pension. In order for the actuaries to begin creating the framework for the financing of the pension fund, the membership level needs to be at a minimum of 10,000. Increasing membership in the association is the first step in achieving the goal of creating an EMS Pension for Georgia. This is a goal that can only be achieved with the cooperation of the entire EMS Community of Georgia. View more information here.
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