EMS General Notices

Georgia Infectious Disease Transport - Operations & Technician Level Courses Available

2018-2019 Infectious Disease Transport Courses (Operations and Technician Levels). These courses are highly interactive and free of charge to attend as they are sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health/State Office of EMS. 

Dates for the classes are as follows: 

Operations - October 30 (Dalton); November 7 (Metro Atlanta); December 11 (Dublin); February 12 (Columbus); or March 12 (Forsyth)

Technician - Oct 31-Nov 1 (Dalton); November 8-9 (Metro Atlanta), February 13-14 (Columbus), or March 13-14 (Forsyth)

NOTE: You must have completed the Operations Level training prior to taking the more advanced Technician Level course, so plan accordingly.

EMS CEUs are available for those attending classes. 

Space in each class is limited, see the attached flyer to sign up today! 

Deadline to Transition to NEMSIS V3.4.0

January 9, 2018 

The deadline for all service licensees (ground ambulance services, neonatal transport services, air ambulance services, and medical first responder services) is March 31, 2018. On April 1, 2018, the GEMSIS v2.2.1 system will be placed in READ-ONLY mode, meaning that it will not accept data imports nor will it be able to create data.

For agencies that are still using GEMSIS v2.2.1 and/or Field Bridge to create incident records AND who have not already scheduled or received training, please contact Dipti Patel in our office to schedule your Agency Administrator training. Dipti can be reached by email at dipti.patel@dph.ga.gov

New Video Highlights Importance of EMS Data

The Office of EMS recently released a two-minute animated video that shows how EMS data can be used to improve EMS systems and patient care at the local, state and national levels. It follows EMS data from the moment it is collected at the scene to when the information is analyzed. 

This video, intended for all members of the EMS community, highlights the importance of collecting and sharing accurate information, and the numerous ways agencies, policymakers, researchers and others use it. 

Credit: NHTSA Office of EMS 

Resource on Acrylfentanyl and Naloxone Effectiveness

July 6, 2017

This one-pager resource corrects previous incorrect and misleading news regarding certain synthetic opioids and naloxone effectiveness.

Counterfeit Percocet Guidelines for EMS

June 14, 2017

Counterfeit Percocet Guidelines Letter from the Commissioner

Fentanyl Briefing by the DEA

June 9, 2017

Fentanyl Briefing Guide for First Responders - June 2017

Out-of-State Medics Assisting Wildland Firefighters

December 5, 2016

Georgia does not have a temporary license recognition or reciprocity with any state EMS licensing board.

Federal deployment?  Yes or No.

No - Not on a Federal Deployment

A.  Georgia does not have a limited recognition or a temporary license.

B.  Out of state medics can perform at the BLS level without issues.

C.  Out of state medics cannot perform at the ALS level without a GA license.

Yes - On a Federal Deployment

A.  Georgia does not have a limited recognition or a temporary license.

B.  While on a federal deployment ALS providers may provide ALS services to team members, as approved by their home medical director and state license.  They will need to contact the appropriate 911 ambulance service for transport once the patient reaches the public road and/or use an air ambulance.

C.  While on a federal deployment ALS providers may not provide ALS services to civilians.  They can provide BLS services and turn care over to the appropriate 911 ambulance service.

Thank you,

Office of EMS and Trauma
Georgia Department of Public Health

Medical Device Recall

November 21, 2016

Teleflex Medical Recalls LMA MAD Nasal Intranasal Mucosal Atomization Device

Thank you,

Office of EMS and Trauma
Georgia Department of Public Health




Page last updated 10/4/2018