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Feature EMS Leadership Course Planned By Dave Wills J about to change. ohn F. Kennedy said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Within the ranks of emergency medical services (EMS), learning has always been indispensable to the quality of care rendered to patients, but leadership development, particularly as it relates to management, has not always had the same priority. With the advent of the Rural EMS Agency Leadership Course, that is In 2007, the Georgia Senate passed Resolution 403 which established the Senate Study Committee on EMS Recruitment, Retention and Training in Georgia. The committee was chaired by Senator Jeff Mullis. The committee issued a report which contained, among others, a recommendation to “develop a director’s program for human resources and leadership training,” to more ably equip EMS directors to fulfill the growing demands for effective management of finances, human resources and personnel. Four years later, that recommendation is coming to fruition. The Rural EMS Agency Leadership Course, funded in part with a grant* from the State Office of Rural Health, is being developed with the cooperation and involvement of the State Office of EMS, the Georgia Association of EMS, Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, ACCG and various representatives of EMS around the state. The course will be offered to the 109 counties in Georgia designated as rural, having a population of 35,000 or less (Liberty County is legislatively designated as rural), through a competitive application process intended to produce a maximum class size of 25 students. The course will be conducted over a period of four weeks, dispersed throughout the calendar year, at the campus of Georgia Southern University in Bulloch County and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Monroe County. Curriculum will cover a range of topics including law, regulations, human resources, interpersonal skills, business practices, and overall management functions, each of which will contribute to building and honing leadership abilities. “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been,” said Henry Kissinger. The Rural EMS Agency Leadership Course is designed to elevate EMS Directors and those who aspire to the position from their current state of preparedness to the level needed to improve upon and effectuate solid managerial prowess. As Courtney Terwilliger, Director of Emanuel County EMS, Chair of the EMS Advisory Council and of the Georgia Association of EMS said, “Without skilled and capable leadership, we cannot meet the demands of the public.” ACCG strongly supports the Rural EMS Agency Leadership Course initiative and encourages county commissioners of the 109 designated counties to have personnel from their respective EMS operations apply for the program. ■ * At the time this article was written, a letter of intent to award the grant had been issued to the Georgia Association of EMS, with the award of the final grant agreement expected prior to publication of this issue. Dave Wills serves as the ACCG Government Relations Manager and may be reached at (404) 683-1816 or JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January/February 2012

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Guest Editorial: Together We Stand
Harris County: Smart Investments Paying Dividends for the Future
EMS Delivery Models in Georgia
How New EMS Technologies are Improving Patient Care
Regional EMS: Opportunities for Better Service and Lower Costs?
EMS Leadership Course Planned
Washington D.C. Update
Georgia Public Safety Radio Systems Must Transition to Narrowbanding
Fulton County Public Works Recognized with APWA Accreditation
Extension News: Teens Solving Community Problems
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January/February 2012