By Nick Nunn, staff writer

National EMS, provider for Morgan County, was recently recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) for being one of only eight EMS providers in the country to maintain accreditation with them since their inception 20 years ago.

According to Huey Atkins, director of operations in Morgan and Rockdale Counties for National EMS, the provider was one of the original 17 ambulance services in the nation to be accredited by CAAS and only one of eight that has maintained their accreditation without lapse since then.

“Accreditation to our communities means that we meet or exceed what is deemed the gold standards for things like patient care, quality assurance, equipment, personnel, and finances,” said Atkins.

Although there are over 200 licensed ambulance services in Georgia, Atkins stated that there are only five accredited services in the state, including National EMS. National EMS is family owned and operated and was founded in Kennesaw in 1976 with a single ambulance.

Today, the company is based in Conyers, employs over 180 workers and owns 28 licensed ambulances. National EMS has been the 911 provider in Rockdale County since 1983, the 911 provider in Morgan County since 1988, and the 911 provider in Clarke and Oconee Counties since 2009. National EMS responds to over 32,000 calls per year, and has received both regional and statewide EMS of the year awards.