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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.  

Learn about the Georgia EMS Association

GEMSA Chairman Chad Black participated in an interview with EMS Underground. Check it out and learn more about the Georgia EMS Association and what we are working on.

2019 GEMSA Providers & educators conference - Registration is open!

October 4-8, 2019
Savannah Riverfront Marriott

  • Pre-conference Options: Oct. 4-6 (Instructor Workshops FULL)
  • Trauma Symposium: Oct. 5 (Only a few spots left for full conference attendees.)
  • Conference Days: Oct. 6-8

View the brochure, register online, view other details and more on our conference page here.

Hotel rooms at the Marriott are SOLD OUT, but overflow options are available.  Get hotel details here.  

GEMSA Update 

July 3, 2019

The Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association received a call from Commissioner Frank Berry, Head of the GA Dept. of Community Health  on Tuesday, July 2, regarding two issues, the Upper Payment Limit (UPL) and EMS License Fees.

Commissioner Berry indicated that for the upcoming July board meeting, they will delay the UPL implementation until August. The UPL for Ambulance Services will not have any time limits. Previously it was said you would need to wait until next year for those who were not accepted in the initial process. For services who want to form an Intergovernmental agreement with their hospital authority, or one outside county if not such authority exist in their county,  they can start participating once that IGA is completed.

So in summary - starting in August, they will start the UPL program. Those who can get an IGA with hospital authority by then can participate, those who may take more time, once completed, can start participating in the UPL Program.

The Department of Community Health will be putting out information on process, etc. in the near future so everyone is updated and understands the process.


For  EMS Licensing Fees, Commissioner Berry has also agreed to discuss additional areas that would increase reimbursement to all EMS.

Commissioner Berry will be reaching out in the near future to initiate those discussions. 


This is very good news and appreciative of all who helped get the word to DCH on both issues EMS was facing. 

GEMSA will provide more information as we hear more.

Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration 2019

Our sponsors and exhibitors are what allows us to maintain our registration cost so we can keep the conferences affordable for EMS professionals in the state.  Download our complete exhibitor and sponsorship guide for complete details on these opportunities or click on the links below.
If you would like more information on corporate sponsorships or have questions on becoming an exhibitor, please contact GEMSA Communications Specialist Mary Napier.

GEMSA Journal - Summer 2019

The Summer issue of the GEMSA Journal is now available in a digital format here. You can view it on your computer, tablet, phone, etc.  Features of this issue:

  • Pension Plan Update
  • Service Membership Details
  • An article titled, “Advancing the EMS Profession” by NAEMT President Matt Zavadsky
  • Service Spotlight on Coffee Regional Medical Center EMS
  • Award Highlights
  • and much more!

Interview: Keith Wages, Director of OEMS
We would like to take time to recognize Keith Wages for his 40 years of service to EMS. Keith Wages, Director of the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma, has dedicated his entire career to the EMS community, serving as an EMT, EMS Director, EMS Program Director, Deputy State Director and State Director of EMS and Trauma, as well as serving as a Consultant for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness issues.  As Keith prepares to retire from the Georgia Office of EMS and Trauma, we wanted to give Keith a chance to tell us more about his career and his accomplishments, but also let him address the Georgia EMS community. The magazine has an excerpt from our question and answer interview session with Keith, but you can read the interview in its entirety here.


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The mission of the Georgia Emergency Medical Services 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.

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