The mission of the Kansas EMS Association is to be a single voice for EMS professionals, ambulance services and other interested entities, and to further the continued improvement of emergency medical services throughout Kansas.

KEMSA Scholarship Program - Apply by Nov. 1

Due to the availability of additional scholarship funds, KEMSA is accepting another round of applications for scholarships to be awarded in 2020 to be used for the Spring 2021 semester!  The deadline for these scholarships is November 1, 2020.  

Scholarships will be given for:

A) Higher education EMS programs - must be a KEMSA member to be eligible

B) EMR, EMT, AEMT or Paramedic programs - can be a KEMSA member, spouse, child or grandchild of a member

See complete details at: www.kemsa.org/scholarships.

KEMSA Advocacy Group: Call for Volunteers and Upcoming Meetings

KEMSA is going to attempt to pass several pieces of legislation that would greatly benefit EMS in Kansas during the next legislative session in 2021. Topics we are discussing include: PTSD, Medicaid Expansion, Infectious Disease, IGT/FRA/GEMT Funding, and more.

To help with that process, we are building a network of EMS professionals who are willing to educate other EMS providers as well as the public and lawmakers about the subjects at hand.

Our lobbyist, Sean Gatewood, is hosting a few Zoom meetings to talk with those who are interested in this advocacy group or those who want to learn more.

The content of the upcoming meetings will be to discuss the legislative process and how a bill becomes a law to familiarize the group with the process. RSVP for one of the meetings below to join us:

Please feel free to pick the date that works best for you and RSVP for that meeting to get the zoom details. You don't need to attend both meetings unless you want to.

If you have any questions or to get on future emails for this group, reach out to Mary Napier.

Fall Educator Workshops

This fall, the KEMSA Educator’s Society is proud to present a virtual BLS Exam Workshop, which doubles as an educator’s workshop! This will be presented one more time in November.  THIS HAS BEEN APPROVED AS AN EDUCATOR'S WORKSHOP BY THE KANSAS BOARD OF EMS and as such, fulfills the Educator workshop requirements for Instructor/Coordinators.

The workshop has a limited class size of 40 people to provide quality interaction and education, so register early.

Workshop Date

  • November Workshop - Thursday, Nov. 12, 1400-1600 via Zoom (Still spots available)

Get details on the workshop, cost, and register here.

KEMSA Hosting Monthly Webinars

KEMSA has partnered with various speakers - national and local - to bring you one live monthly 1-hour webinar throughout the rest of 2020. These FREE webinars are limited to KEMSA members only with a limited class size of 40 to provide quality interaction.

Upcoming Webinar:

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 1200-1300 hours via Zoom
  • Topic: Pediatric Emergencies with Infectious Diseases
  • Speaker: Dr. Paige Dodson, KEMSA CMO

Get more details on the requirements for CE credit and register here.  KEMSA members must login to the KEMSA website to be able to register.

Watch for more details as more dates are finalized this year.

These webinars are sponsored by:

KEMSA Partnership Offers Discounted Virtual Conference - WEMSA

If you have ever wanted to attend a state EMS conference in another state, but didn't have time to travel, now is your chance!  KEMSA has partnered with the Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA) to allow our KEMSA members to attend their virtual conference at their member pricing.

WEMSA's Virtual Conference is offering evening classes November 9-11, 2020, in addition to the full-day options on Friday, November 13, 2020 and Saturday, November 14, 2020. All sessions are CAPCE approved.  See complete details here.

How to Register:  Visit https://kemsa.org/CE-WEMSA once you login to the KEMSA website to find more details.

KEMSA Partnership Offers Discounted Virtual CE Refresher Opportunity with Jon Puryear

Instead of our normal in-person Core Conferences, which aren't possible this year, KEMSA has finalized a partnership with Jon Puryear EMS CE that will provide Kansas core component content and NREMT refresher courses in a package deal - 24 hours for EMTs and 48 hours for paramedics at a discount for KEMSA members. These will be pre-recorded sessions that can be taken at your own pace virtually online.

These discounted packages are only available for KEMSA members. For complete details or to purchase/access the course, members should login to the website in the upper right.

Then locate the Members heading in the navigation bar that shows up once you login. (Click on the three horizontal lines on the right side of the navigation to see additional pages.)

Under the Members heading, click on CE Refreshers-Jon Puryear. That page will give you access to sign up for the discounted package that you want. Please follow the directions on that page.

KEMSA Educational Opportunities for 2020
08/24/2020 Update

The KEMSA Board is working diligently to be able to provide EMS education to our membership and providers across the state despite in-person events being cancelled in 2020. 

Here is what we are working on:

  • We will continue to provide CE articles or at least one hour of free CE education to our members each month by e-mail in partnership with CareerCert.  See the CE Articles page in the members only section for past articles.
    If you only need a few hours for re-certification or would like to pick and choose what courses you take, CareerCert does offer KEMSA members a 25% subscription discount for individuals and 30% discount for agencies per user. They have over 300 courses to choose from including live and pre-recorded CAPCE approved courses. Sign up here.
  • We have finalized a partnership that will provide Kansas core component content and NREMT refresher courses in a package deal - 24 hours for EMTs and 48 hours for paramedics at a discount for KEMSA members.  See details above.
  • The KEMSA Educator's Society is planning on hosting a virtual Educator's Workshop this fall in order to help educators meet their workshop requirement in 2020.  See details here.
  • Other virtual educational opportunities are also being considered.  See monthly webinar information here.

As of now, we are making plans for in-person events to return in 2021.  If things change this fall, so will our plans.  We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time.

Please note:

  • While we are going to continue to provide education to you, we recommend that you don't wait until the last minute to get your CE hours.  Anything can happen, and the Kansas Board of EMS indicated they are not currently planning to extend the Dec. 31 deadline for re-certification. Watch our website and facebook page as we promote educational opportunities you can take advantage of.

COVID-19 Resource Page

KEMSA has a COVID-19 resource page at kemsa.org/COVID-19, which provides links to national and state entities, resources regarding PPE and N95 masks, online training links, sample protocols and documents from EMS services, and more.  Check back often as it is updated frequently.


ABOUT KEMSA

KEMSA is a professional membership organization and does not regulate the EMS profession in Kansas.

KEMSA is proud that we have members in all 6 regions in Kansas with members located in 90 of the 105 counties in Kansas and five other states. About 85% of the services in Kansas have a service membership with KEMSA. KEMSA has more than 100 active service memberships, which represents more than 5,000 certified EMS attendants working within Kansas EMS agencies, and more than 2,000 active individual memberships.  Learn more about KEMSA here.


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