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The Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma will be moving to 1680 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 200 in College Park, Georgia 30349-5576. Phone numbers will change due to this move. If you have a license package due in early April, please assure delivery to the old address no later than Monday, March 13, 2017.

Congratulations to the Recipients of the Northwest Georgia/Region 1 EMS Awards Banquet – 2017 Recipients

Special Recognition - Air Medical Personnel

Region 1 Person of the Year “THE ONE” – Lana Duff

David Loftin Pediatric Call of the Year – Aaron Gaddis and Eric Mantooth – Hamilton EMS – Whitfield Co.

Tommy Gayler Medical Call of the Year – Josh Everett and James Morris – Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service – Paulding Co

Dr Richard Gray Excellence in Trauma Award – Andrew Burnette, Cathy Green and Aaron Freeman – Gilmer Co Fire/Rescue

Dr Virginia D. Hamilton Special Achievement Award – Dr Rishi Gupta – Kennestone Medical Center and Dennis Kelly – Puckett EMS N. GA Division

Dr James H Creel Jr. Pioneer of the Year – Tony Cooper - Floyd EMS

Mike Miller EMS Educator of the Year – Claudio Leyssens – GA Northwestern Technical College

Stanley Payne Memorial EMS Leadership Award – Carlton Firestone – AMBUCARE EMS – Haralson Co

Region 1 EMT of the Year – Samantha Kimball - AMBUCARE EMS – Haralson Co

Danny Hall Memorial Paramedic of the Year – Tracy Turner – Bartow Co EMS

Region 1 EMS Service of the Year – Floyd EMS

Dr Paul Nassour Lifetime Achievement Award – Don Taylor – Region 1 Honor Guard – Floyd EMS

I especially want to thank the 2017 Awards Committee - Jim Fox, Lana Duff, Tommy Sanders, Sonya McShane, Joel DIshroon, Danny West

Special thank you to all our sponsors...Erlanger Health Systems, Childrens @ Erlanger, Lifeforce, Southeastern Emergency Equipment, Hamilton Health Systems, Cartersville Medical Center, Northwest Georgia EMS Systems Inc, and Angel EMS. Without your contributions and support we could not have made this the 7th year in a row that we have been able to honor the EMS providers around the region without any cost to them to attend...And thank you to the almost 300 Attendees...

See yall March 15th, 2018 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, Cartersville, GA

Due to the overwhelming interest received regarding the Severity-based Stroke Triage Algorithm released at ISC, we have scheduled a webinar on the topic. Please feel free to share the following save the date. We are targeting all stroke professionals including pre-hospital and hospital staff. Please share this invite with all those who may be interested. The registration link is now available and space is limited. Registration link:






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A new webpage has been created to give information on EMS course availability. Please click here to access the page


Since notification will be sent from the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma to personal e-mails, it is vitally important for each person to make certain the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma has the correct e-mail address. The information can be updated at  . The deadline for re-licensure submission has changed to March 30, 2017 in order to align Georgia re-licensure with National Registry renewal.  You can print your license now at the above site before you submit re-licensure information. All cards will carry an expiration date of March 30, 2017 which are printed before you submit re-licensure for the next period. Print your card now and update your information.



THANK YOU again to all who participated in Trauma Awareness Day at the Capitol on February 7, 2017. Over 200 trauma advocates from all across the state spent the day talking to legislators about the trauma system and then trained several hundred lawmakers, legislative staff and Capitol visitors on how to "Stop the Bleed". The advocates asked legislators to appropriate an additional $1million to the Georgia Trauma Commission (GTC) to be used to place small trauma kits in all of Georgia's public schools. Both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate passed special resolutions declaring February 7, 2017 to be Trauma Awareness Day in Georgia. GSACS President-elect and GTC Chairman, Dr. Dennis Ashley, accompanied by Drs. Fred Mullins, Robert Cowles, John Bleacher, Colville Ferdinand and trauma survivor Ashley Power accepted the Trauma Day resolution on the floor of the Senate and addressed the senators. This special event was made possible by a grant from the American College of Surgeons and the collaboration of the Georgia Trauma Foundation, the Georgia Trauma Commission and the Georgia Committee on Trauma. Links to all the photos and media coverage from the day can be found below. Please make plans to attend next year on February 6, 2018. If you attended the event, be sure to share your photos on our Facebook page and tag us on Twitter.

P.S. Please consider calling  your local legislators and ask them to support the additional $1million in the GTC budget for trauma kits in public schools.


Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016

Dr. Julio Lairet will be attending a U.S. House of Representatives committee meeting on HR4365 which has been renamed “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016”. This resolution if passed will make the handling of controlled substances easier for Emergency Services.  HR 4365 was introduced by Representative Hudson on January 12, 2016 and would make the following changes for EMS:

1. Permit EMS agencies to have a DEA number instead of using their medical director DEA number

2. Permit EMS agencies to have a single DEA number instead of one for each location where drugs are stored

3. Permit EMS agencies to have standing orders for controlled substances issued by their medical director

4. Update the procedures for receipt, movement and storage of controlled substances

5. Change the requirement of the completion of form 222 whenever controlled substances are moved.

The same legislation was simultaneously introduced in the United State Senate to speed up the process of approval for the president’s signature.

You can follow this legislation at





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