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.
2020 GEORGIA EMS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
Nominations for GEMSA's annual awards are due November 30, 2020 at 5 pm.
GEMSA Journal - Fall 2020
The Fall 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:
GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference - Call for presentations - 2021
GEMSA invites those interested in contributing to EMS in Georgia to submit proposals for presentation for the 2021 GEMSA Providers & Educators Conference scheduled for Oct. 9-12, 2021 in Jeykll Island, GA.
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2020
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.
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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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.