National Emergency Services, Inc. was incorporated in the state of Georgia in January 1977, and has been in continuous operation since that time.
Late in the year of 1973, a local funeral home ambulance service decided to discontinue emergency ambulance service, as a private ambulance firm would organize and assume the responsibility for providing such services.
From 1973 through 1976 five different ambulance companies tried to provide the needed services but failed to do so. In late 1976, a group of local businessmen requested my husband and myself to start an ambulance company. After two months of preparation, we decided to invest our life savings and open the doors with high hopes of providing professional emergency medical services.
Today, National EMS provides state-wide and local services in the fields of Emergency Medical Care, Non-emergency Services, Dispatch Services, Neonatal Care, Critical Care, EMS Training, Convention and Event Services, as well as any related transportation need which may be required to adequately provide such care and services. This includes air transport and out of state transports when deemed necessary.
As the demand for services has increased, both the employees of National EMS and the public have benefited, employee earnings have been upgraded keeping with the national trends in the ambulance industry. The fringe benefit package includes Life and Group Health & Hospitalization coverage as well as other benefits paid for by the company. The public is receiving a high quality of Emergency Medical Services and its related transportation services.
National EMS remains a model of co-operation between private enterprise and government in the area of public welfare and safety.
Mary Ellen Atkins & Pat Atkins
HISTORICAL TIMELINE FOR National EMS, Inc.
1976 National EMS begins operations in Kennesaw, GA.
1977 Regional Development of EMS System begins. Cardiac Technician and Advanced EMT (Paramedic) curriculum is developed in GA.
1977 Region 3 (Atlanta) EMS Council and Region 10 (Northeast Georgia) EMS Council formed.
1978 First ACLS Courses taught in Georgia.
1983 National secured the 911 EMS Contract for Rockdale and moved operations to Conyers.
1984 National EMS installs Cellular telephones each Ambulance (first in Georgia)
1985 Georgia’s first Enhanced-911 System begins in Athens.
1986 National EMS puts Pulse Oximetry units put on each ambulance (first in Georgia).
1988 National EMS, Inc. begins operating EMS in Morgan County, after the three funeral homes – Simmons, Sisk, And Turner – stopped operating and ambulance a few years earlier.
1990 Cardiac Pacing units put on each National EMS Ambulance (first in Georgia)
1993 National EMS becomes the first EMS Service in Georgia, and 19th in the country, to be accredited through CAAS, and has maintained Accreditation since then.
1996 During the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, National EMS is the exclusive provider of EMS for the Equestrian venue in Rockdale County
A NEW CENTURY
2000 National EMS becomes the EMS Provider for Super Bowl XXIV games at the Georgia Dome.
2009 National EMS contracts with Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital to provide ambulance coverage or Clarke and Oconee Counties.
2010 National EMS installs 12-ECG monitors on each ambulance and begins transmitting the ECG to hospitals.