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2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference- Registration

Registration is open for the
2020 GEMSA Providers &
Educators Conference

For more details, visit georgiaemsassociation.com/fall-conference/.

In-Person: Trauma Symposium or Instructor Workshop – Oct. 10
Savannah Riverfront Marriott, Savannah, Georgia

VIRTUAL Conference/Exhibit Hall: Oct. 11-13

Conference Information

The Georgia EMS Association encourages you to take part in our VIRTUAL 2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference.

Important Information:

IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS – OCT. 10 – Additional Fee Required

  • We will be hosting two in-person workshops can choose from on Oct. 10 – Trauma Symposium/Cadaver Lab and an Instructor Workshop: Show-Me Creative Ideas in the Classroom. These will have limited class sizes to allow for COVID-19 precautions and PPE will be used. These workshops will be held at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott, 100 General McIntosh Blvd. Savannah, Georgia 31401. To comply with hotel guidelines, all guests of any Marriott hotel must wear face coverings in all public indoor spaces including hotel restaurants, bars, and public areas as well meeting and event areas including during the workshops. A registration fee is required and a partial reimbursement for the registration fee and/or hotel room may be applicable.


  • October 11-13, we will offer all conference sessions live and pre-recorded in a virtual format during the conference days along with a virtual Exhibit Hall. Tracks include: educators, providers and leadership.
  • The virtual event will be a FREE training event for Georgia EMS providers thanks to our Training Funding Partner: the Georgia Trauma Commission. However, as grant funded spots are limited, there is a $25 reservation fee to reserve your spot. Once you attend the virtual conference, that fee will be applied toward a new GEMSA membership or renewal as applicable. Also, you must be signed up and paid by October 9 in order to participate.
  • A virtual exhibit hall will be available as part of the virtual event. On October 11-12 during select hours, you can visit with exhibitors in their virtual booth, chat with representatives, view product/service materials, and more. This is still a great time to see the latest in products and services for EMS!
  • Giveaways will be available for those who visit the exhibit hall. Watch for more details on what you can win!
  • You need to attend sessions and the exhibit hall, Oct. 11-13, to be eligible for giveaways and other benefits. If needed, you will have an additional 30 days after the event to view the classes or other breakout sessions on your own time. This allows you to get additional CE hours from this event. CE certificates will be awarded.
  • If you have made a hotel reservation, you are able to modify or cancel that reservation without penalty by calling the hotel at 912-233-7722. Please do this at your earliest convenience.


The 2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference brochure has complete details on the an agenda, in-person workshops, session descriptions, speaker bios and more!

Download the brochure here.

Registration Information:

Conference Rates & Options

VIRTUAL 2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators, Conference – Oct. 11-13

  • $25 reservation fee – Georgia EMS Certified Instructors/Providers – Fee applied toward new or renewal of GEMSA membership once attendance is recorded
  • $50 for out-of-state or non-certified individuals
  • $0 – EMS Students

In-Person Workshops – October 10

  • $50 each (you can only attend one) – A $40 reimbursement is applicable if you attend and scan in at the session. If you do not attend, you forfeit your registration fee.  See the brochure for details.

Conference Deadlines

In-Person Workshop Registration – Sept. 23, 2020 (Unless spots fill up sooner and payments must be received.)
Virtual Conference Online Registration/Payment Deadline – Oct. 9

Cancellation Policy

NO REFUNDS will be given for in-person classes unless you are ill and need to remain at home.  No refunds are available for the virtual conference.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate events in 2020.  We hope you will be able to participate in this event.

For more details, visit georgiaemsassociation.com/fall-conference/.

GEMSA Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Courses

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) program is based on the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and meets the guidelines  established by the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Co-TECC). The course teaches civilian tactical EMS; any EMS practitioner called upon to respond to a mass casualty or active shooter event.

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive NAEMT TECC Course Completion Certificates and wallet cards.

Register now!

Courses to be offered in 2020:

  • Tift County, Tifton, GA – August 8 & 9, 2020
  • Dougherty County, Albany, GA – August 18 & 19, 2020
  • Muscogee County, Columbus, GA – August 15 & 16, 2020
  • Crisp County, Cordele, GA – August 28 & 29, 2020
  • Coffee County, Douglas, GA – September 5 & 6, 2020
  • Coweta County, Newnan, GA – September 25 & 26, 2020
  • Toombs County, Vidalia, GA – October 2 & 3, 2020
  • Floyd County, GA – October 15 & 16, 2020
  • Haralson County, Bremen, GA, October 23 & 24, 2020
  • Lowndes County, Valdosta, GA – October 31 – November 1, 2020
  • Thomas County, Thomasville, GA – November 12 & 13, 2020
  • Columbia County, GA – November 20 & 21, 2020
  • Tift County, Tifton, GA – December 5 & 6, 2020
  • Crisp County, Cordele, GA – December 18 & 19, 2020

Registration will be limited to 20 students per course  so don’t delay.
The first qualified 20 students will be accepted.  

Applicants beyond that will be placed on a waiting list
Register at the link provided below:


If you are accepted to the course and have tactical gear – please bring it with you to the course (gear is not required).

Also please bring note taking material.

The course registration fee is Grant funded. Lodging and meals are not included with this course.

If you have any questions concerning registration please contact Cathy White at program@georgiaemsassociation.com.

This Program is made possible by State of Georgia funding provided through the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission.


2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference Update

The Georgia EMS Association (GEMSA) has been working very hard on the 2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference to be held October 10-13, 2020. 

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has created tremendous challenges for all of humanity, and it has been accompanied with a level of uncertainty that we have not seen before. There remains much ambiguity in the immediate path to returning to normal activities with large group gatherings.

The GEMSA Board of Directors has carefully weighed the opinions of the members along with their responsibilities to ensure the safety of Georgia EMS providers and agencies.  

At this time, the 2020 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference will be held as a VIRTUAL event.  The gathering of hundreds of EMS providers from multiple EMS agencies in close quarters has the potential to impact EMS operations across the state and is an unacceptable risk in the opinion of the Board. 

A few things we know right now:

  1. This will be a free training event for Georgia EMS providers due to funding from the Georgia Trauma Commission.

  2. Regular conference sessions, October 11-13, will be provided live and pre-recorded in a virtual format during the conference days. Tracks include: educators, providers and leadership.

  3. Sessions will also be available for credit for a few weeks after the conference, so you have more time to view the recorded sessions and get credit on your own time.

  4. A virtual exhibit hall will be available, so you can still see the latest in products and services for EMS on October 11-12.

  5. We will host an in-person Trauma Symposium/Cadaver Lab and an Instructor Workshop on October 10 with full precautions and PPE. Limited spots will be available.  A fee may be required.

  6. If you have made a hotel reservation, you are able to modify or cancel that reservation without penalty by calling the hotel at 912-233-7722.

Registration for this event will be coming soon!

We are working on final details, so we can get registration open for you.  Stay tuned.  We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new event solution.  We hope to be back with you in-person next year!

Note for those who were registered for the March 2020 GEMSA Leadership Conference that was canceled – if you opted to save your registration fee for the October conference, we can continue to hold that registration and apply it to the March 2021 Leadership Conference if you would like.  If other arrangements need to be made, contact Mary Napier.


The mission of the Georgia EMS Association is to advocate for the emergency medical provider, develop educational programs, liaison activities, provider benefit programs, and improvements to the Emergency Medical Service System in Georgia.


Georgia EMS Association and the Georgia Trauma Commission are offering a Georgia Trauma Skills Procedure Lab in Georgia with two available sessions each day. The sessions have been approved by Georgia’s Office of EMS & Trauma for 4 hours of CEUs.

Each Lab session will be the same lab for both AM and PM. There will be 5 to 7 rotating lab skill stations per session offering the following education: Direct/Video Laryngoscopy; EZ-IO; NIO; Chest Needle Decompression & Anatomy; Difficult Airway Simulation; and Bleeding Control & Wound Packing Simulation.

Please follow the link for registration information:

Your registration will be confirmed upon placement in a group within a few days of registration.  (Dates subject to change if needed due to COVID-19.)


Boundtree, Medline, North American Physio-Control, Rescue,
Teleflex, Z-Medica, Zoll



It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Robert Fredrick “Fred” Mullins on Sunday, June 14, 2020


We are devastated by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Robert “Fred” Mullins. Dr. Mullins was a giant in the burn/trauma community and it is hard to comprehend the loss of his presence.
Dr. Mullins was instrumental in the work of the Georgia Trauma Commission serving two terms as Vice Chairman. In addition, Dr. Mullins was a founding member and Chairman of the Georgia Trauma Foundation. He led countless Foundation initiatives including his desire to ensure access to high quality, statewide trauma education as well as advancing research opportunities in the state through research grant programs.
Perhaps his biggest contribution was the countless numbers of lives he touched, both personally and professionally. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with Dr. Mullins, we honor him by continuing the work that was so very important to him. We extend our deepest condolences to the Mullins family and our colleagues at the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America during this difficult time.


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Robert Fredrick Mullins on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Dr. Fred Mullins faithfully served as the Medical Director of the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and President/CEO of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America.
In his more than 30 years of caring for thousands of patients, Dr. Mullins helped transform burn care across the nation and the globe. A native Augustan, Dr. Mullins practiced under the leadership of the founder of the burn center, Dr. Joseph M. Still. Dr. Mullins became the Medical Director of the burn center in 2003 and led the center’s transformation into a national presence with 15 locations in eight states.
Dr. Mullins was a member of the Georgia Trauma Commission, a founding board member of the Georgia Trauma Foundation, chairman of the JMS Research Foundation, and was active with the BRCA Foundation and the Burn Foundation of America. In addition, he was a member of other various professional boards and organizations.
Dr. Mullins was immensely dedicated to his family. His loss will be felt across the burn world and beyond. His commitment to his patients, his craft and his staff was unparalleled, and he will be greatly missed.

AFY2020 EMS Trauma Equipment Ambulance Grant

The Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission (GTCNC) would like to say THANK YOU for

everyone that applied for the first FY 2020 EMS Trauma Related Equipment Grant cycles. The

GTCNC dispersed a total of $944,000 grant awards during FY 2020.

At the request of the EMS Subcommittee, the GTCNC approved another grant award

opportunity using AFY 2020 funding for your EMS agency “GRANTEE” to be used for purchase(s)

of Trauma Related Equipment to equip ambulances. The total amount of funds to be awarded

is $1,123,977 statewide. Our current ambulance count yielded 1,302 ambulances or

reimbursement up of $863.27 per ambulance. Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement

basis only. Attachment D contains the award amount per grantee.

Attached  FY 2020 GTC EMS Trauma Equip Grant Package Round 2  please find the following documents:

Attachment A – Grant Application

Attachment B – Instructions for the required notarized affidavit.

Attachment C – Approved equipment lists.

Attachment D – Awards by Region/Service.

The deadline to submit completed grant packets including your agency applications, affidavit

and copy of invoice or purchase order for reimbursement is on or before April 30, 2020.

Applications received after this date will be returned to the sender.

PLEASE NOTE: We will accept emailed (gtcbusinessops@gtcnc.org) or faxed (706-841-1980)

grant packets to begin processing, but MUST have the originals via mail. Completed grant

packets must be mailed or delivered to:

FY 2020 EMS Equipment Grant Round 2: Georgia Trauma Commission

410 Chickamauga Ave, Suite 332 Rossville, Georgia 30741


This grant can be used by the GRANTEE to purchase equipment that is on the required list for

ambulance licensure by the Georgia State Office of EMS and Trauma within the Joint Policy

Statement or the Commission approved list both in Attachment C. The purpose of the FY 2020

EMS Equipment Grant is to reimburse EMS Agencies for equipment purchased from the

approved equipment lists found in Attachment C. This has been updated with the approved

most recent equipment grant cycle.