THIS WEBSITE Is
solely own and operated by the NW GA EMS SYSTEMS Inc, a 501C3
corporation. NW GA EMS Systems Inc. is not a
division of, nor directly associated with, the Northwest Georgia
Emergency Medical Services Council, the Georgia Office of EMS &
Trauma, or Region 1 Office of EMS & Trauma.
The board of
directors for NW GA EMS System Inc are EMS Professionals and
Associated Stakeholders from around NW Georgia, whose purpose is
to receive and distribute funding from various grants and entities
for the primary purpose of providing educational opportunities for
EMS Agencies located in the 16-county area of Region 1
EMS/Northwest Georgia. Its other function is to solicit donations
and provide payment for associated costs of the annual Region 1
EMS Awards Banquet in Northwest Georgia.
The Websites sole purpose is
to provide information regarding EMS related information that
affects those working in, or associated with, EMS Services,
educational entities, and other stakeholders within Northwest
Georgia. Some things you may see are information regarding
notifications from the GA Office of EMS & Trauma or Regional OEMS
office, the NW GA EMS Council, and/or contacts for NW GA EMS
Systems Inc, the NW GA EMS Council, the Region 1 OEMS office
and/or the GA Office of EMS. This information is solely for
assisting these organizations with dissemination of information.
Questions concerning this
website or NW GA EMS Systems Inc shall be directed to the
Webmaster of this site, and not the Region 1 Office of EMS, GA
Office of EMS and Trauma, or the Northwest Georgia EMS Council.
DAVID NEWTON NAMED DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE
GEORGIA OFFICE OF EMS AND TRAUMA
Effective August 15th,
2018, we are pleased to announce that David Newton has been
selected and has accepted the position of Deputy Director of the
Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma. Mr. Newton began working at the
Department of Public Health in July of 2017 as the Cardiac Care
Registrar, where he has been working on creating the designation
process and the patient registries needed for Georgia’s new
Emergency Cardiac Care System. Before joining the Department of
Public Health, he taught for nearly 15 years in Paramedic initial
education programs and had worked in both hospital and
pre-hospital settings. He received his Master’s Degree in Public
Health from the University of Georgia in 2009, and he is currently
in candidacy for the Doctor of Public Health degree, also at UGA.
David’s specific interest is using an evidence-based approach to
advance Georgia’s EMS system, from initial education all the way
to field providers and their integration with trauma, stroke and
cardiac care systems.
KELLY JOINER NAMED DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL EMS
SYSTEMS FOR THE OFFICE OF EMS AND TRAUMA
We are pleased to announce that Kelly Joiner has been promoted to
the Director of Regional EMS Systems. Mrs. Joiner joined the
Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma three years ago as the Regional
EMS Director for Region 5, which includes the following counties:
Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crawford, Dodge, Hancock, Houston,
Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Montgomery, Peach,
Pulaski, Putnam, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, Wheeler,
Wilcox, and Wilkinson. As the Director of Regional EMS Systems,
she will be responsible for the oversight of each of the Regional
EMS Directors and the standardization of all activities performed
by the Regional EMS offices. Kelly has served the central Georgia
EMS community for many years as a Paramedic, and immediately prior
to joining the Department of Public Health, she worked at the
Medical Center of Central Georgia for seventeen years, first as
the Clinical Coordinator for the EMS Department and later as
Assistant EMS Director.
Next year is the 40th anniversary of the formation of the EMS
Council. Can you locate any of these people for the celebration at
the 2019 EMS Awards Banquet?
ORIGINAL REGION 1 EMS COUNCIL
Established August 15, 1979
A. Griffin III, M.D.*** Mrs. Cola Mae Vaughan
Catoosa John O.
Wiggins, Attorney Roger Bowman
E. Spivey, M.D.
Cherokee John D.
Whitmire Steven Pettit
Patti Connell, RN* Johnny Crabtree
James M. Kelley, M.D.* Stanley
Gordon John R.
McGauley, M.D. * W.S. (Buddy) Autry
A. Cantrell* Mike Ellis
A. Satterfield Larry
H. Benson* Ms. Hallie
E. Vandegriff Herbert T.
Clinton Lester Jr. *
Miss Mamie Hammock, RN
H. Creel Jr. M.D.* * Robert S. Gammon
Whaley Conrad H.
** Regional Medical Director
* Executive Committee
Health District 1.1 Health
Director Virginia Hamilton M.D.
coordinator Frank Tidwell
EMS Project Director
NEW WEBPAGE FOR COURSE AVAILABILITY
A new webpage has been created to give information on EMS course
availability. Please click here
to access the page
SCOTT LEWIS NAMED EMS REGION 1 RTAC COORDINATOR
Dena Abston and David Foster have announced Scott Lewis, B.S.,
NRP from Hamilton EMS as the EMS Region 1 RTAC Coordinator.
Welcome aboard Scott.
GEMSIS Elite Regional Workshops
Target Audience: All EMS Licensed Agencies in
Georgia; Directors and Data Managers, EMS Initial Education
Description: This workshop is for all
licensed EMS agencies, whether you use GEMSIS Elite as your
PCR platform or you import into GEMSIS Elite and EMS Initial
Education Program Directors
This workshop is to join together to understand and improve
our EMS data collection within Georgia’s EMS system.
We will review:
- NEMSIS and GEMSIS, Data Dictionaries, resources
- The differences between NEMSIS and GEMSIS and how they
- EMS Data; What is the difference between accurate and
valid data? Why is accurate, valid, timely data important.
How is the ems data useful at the local, regional, state and
- GEMSIS Elite usability for the service that uses GEMSIS
for their PCR platform and for the agencies that import
- GEMSIS Elite Report Writer and capabilities for all
- CARES data the next development
- GEMSIS/NEMSIS future version
All participants should
bring a laptop and have a functioning username/password
(access) to GEMSIS Elite for your agency prior to the
Please register for the
meeting you would like to attend using the link below. Lunch
will be provided and catering arrangements are based on the
number of people registered to attend the meeting.
These are the dates for each Region:
- Region 1 - October 2 Clarence Brown Conference
- Region 2 - October 16 Ruby Fulbright Aquatic
- Region 3 - November 1 Location TBA
- Region 4 - October 3 Coweta County Fairground
- Region 5 - November 2 GPSTC
- Region 6 - August 28 Augusta Marriott Riverfront
- Region 7 - September 12 Piedmont
Columbus Regional Midtown Hospital
- Region 8 - September 13 Tift
Regional Community Events Center,
- Region 9 - August 29 Coastal
Pines Technical College
Region 10 October 17 Location TBA
All classes times 10:00 am - 3:00 pm with lunch provided.
Cost is free.
website for more details on final locations.
This Program is made possible by State of Georgia funding
provided through the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission.
Questions concerning this Grant should be directed to Cathy
M. White, Program Coordinator or Kim
Littleton, Executive Director.
EMS DISASTER ASSISTANCE RESPONSE TASKFORCE (DART) GUIDELINES V
William Channell is the new Strike Team #2 Strike Team Leader
(Floyd, Gordon, Murray & Whitfield Counties) for NW GA EMS DART.
He joins Dewayne Wilson (STL 1) Danny West (STL 3) and Carlton
Firestone (STL 4) as the DART STL’s…If you are in his Strike team
area, please make sure that y’all have each other’s
director/supervisor/24 hr contact info in case an activation is