October 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler School of Community and Rural Health, Room H-104, 11937 US Hwy 271 North
Tyler, TX 75708

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Call to Order/Roll Call

Reading of the GETAC Vision and Mission Statements

GETAC Vision:
A unified, comprehensive, and effective Emergency Healthcare System.

GETAC Mission:
To promote, develop, and advance an accountable, patient-centered Trauma and Emergency Healthcare System.

Review and Approval of August 2019 Meeting Minutes

Discussion and possible action on the following items:

  1. Review continuing education requirements from Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Chapter 157 for all levels of EMS personnel, including:

    1. §157.32 Emergency Medical Services Education Program and Course Approval
    2. §157.33 Certification
    3. §157.34 Recertification
    4. §157.38 Continuing Education
    5. §157.39 Comprehensive Clinical Management Program Approval
    6. §157.40 Paramedic Licensure
    7. §157.43 Course Coordinator Certification
    8. §157.44 Emergency Medical Services Instructor Certification
  2. Traffic Incident Management System (TIMS) training
  3. Civilian to Paramedic Pilot Discussion
  4. Update on research regarding the effects a degree requirement for Paramedics in Texas would have on EMS systems, to include rural/frontier areas
  5. Review EMS Skill Verification Sheets and DSHS Skills Proficiency Letter
  6. Discussion, review, and recommendations for initiatives that instill a culture of safety for responders, caregivers, and the public with a focus on operations and safe driving practices
  7. Review the GETAC Strategic Plan for the Texas Emergency Healthcare System and determine if any additions, deletions, or corrections are in order
  8. Initiatives, programs, and potential research that might improve EMS Education in Texas

General Public Comment
(Comment time may be limited at Chair’s discretion)

Summary of action items for GETAC meeting report


Review and list agenda items for next meeting

Next meeting date - Sunday, November 24, 2019


Contact: Robert Friedrich, RAC Coordinator, Office of EMS/Trauma Systems, Consumer Protection Division, Department of State Health Services, P. O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347,512-484-8113 or robert.friedrich@dshs.texas.gov

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Indra Hernandez, Department of State Health Services, at 512-987-0640 or indra.hernandez@dshs.texas.gov, at least 72 hours before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.