January 2014

Location: Ryan’s – Lebanon, TN

President Graham called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. CST

Board Members in attendance: Chad Graham, Andrew Reed, Keith Douglas, Rick Valentine, Brandon Ward, Joe Rike, Doug McQuary, Tommy Crowder, Ricky Slack, John Fitzsimmons, Joyce Noles, and John Combes

Board Members not in attendance: Danny Houseright, Wallace Elliott and Lis Henley

Other present: Glynn Mooney (AirEvac Lifeteam), Lynn Thompson (Maury Regional EMS), Danny Fleming (Maury Regional EMS), Steve Frost (VFIS), Brian Frost (VFIS), and Peter Obermeyer (EMSAR)

Previous meeting minutes: Minutes of the December meeting were approved.

President’s Report:


  • Discussion of remote access to board meetings (information provided by Lis at LifeFlight). Lynn Thompson offered the TEMSEA uses Go-To-Meeting.
  • Introduction of Peter Obermeyer who discussed the idea of partnering with TASA to develop “Bless EMS” foundation to raise funds for TASA to promote EMS in Tennessee. Motion by Brandon Ward – 2nd by Joe Rike to move forward in supporting this effort. Motion passed
  • discussion of mobile app for TASA
  • Chris Kelley has offered to provide services to TASA to ensure legislation wording/language is most effective. Motion by Andrew Reed – 2nd by Brandon Ward to have Chris Kelley assist with legislation. Motion passed
  • discussion of TASA’s recommendations for TN EMS Board. Tommy Crowder to research and report back on these positions.
  • 3 TN representatives have signed onto the Federal EMS Field Bill
Treasurer’s Report: Report approved.


State EMS: no report

Mid-Winter Conference:


  • Joyce Noles reports replacement speakers are being finalized
  • Vanderbilt LifeFlight is providing t-shirts to conference attendees at registration
  • Doug McQuary advises next year’s conference will be week of Feb. 10 – 16, 2015


Legislative: meeting with lobbyist at 2pm today

Audit/Budget: no report

Bylaws: none

NAEMT: no report

Old Business: none

New Business:


  • VFIS insurance premium discussion
    • presentaiton by Steve Frost
    • majority of coverage extends to TN EMS Director’s Associations
    • motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by John Fitzsimmons to continue coverage and pay annual premium of $1678.00
    • motion by Joyce Noles – 2nd by John Fitzsimmons to allow regions to add mass casualty buses
  • TASA trade show display
    • motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by John Combes to authorize President Graham to spend up to $1700.00 to purchase display package
  • Rural Health
    • Ricky Slack presented a request from Rural Health to support the Rural Health Cooperative Model 2.0
    • Motion by Tommy Crowder – 2nd by Brandon Ward to defer till next month


The Annual Membership meeting will beat the TASA Mid-Winter Conference on February 13, 2014 at the Park Vista in Gatlinburg TN

Motion by Ricky Slack – 2nd by Brandon Ward to return to Ryan’s for the March meeting

The next Board meeting will be March 6, 2014 at Ryan’s Restaurant in Lebanon – 405 S Cumberland St, Lebanon, TN 37087

The meeting was adjourned at 12:18 p.m. CST