National EMS has operated for more than 40 years in the state of Georgia and is proud to be the first private ambulance company in the state to earn prestigious national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. We have remained nationally accredited for 25 consecutive years, supported by our team of expert EMTs and paramedics.

We provide pre-scheduled ambulance services in a four-county area east of metro-Atlanta. We are also the contracted 911-emergency ambulance provider in Rockdale, Morgan, Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties.

National EMS is the preferred ambulance provider to the University of Georgia Athletic Association.


  • 1976
    National EMS founded by Pat and Mary Ellen Atkins.
  • 1986
    Secured the 911 EMS contract for Rockdale County and moved operations to Conyers.
  • 1983
    National EMS become the first ambulance company in Georgia to receive national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
  • 2009
    National EMS contracts with Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital to provide services to Clarke and Oconee counties.
  • 2015
    National EMS develops community paramedic program through Piedmont Rockdale Medical Center.
  • 2018
    National EMS joins the Priority Ambulance family of companies.
    National EMS has more than 200 EMTs, paramedics, dispatchers & support staff serving more than 40,000 patients each year with 35 ambulances and emergency vehicles.

Service Area

National EMS provides 911-emergency and nonemergency ambulance services to Athens/Clarke, Morgan, Oconee and Rockdale counties, east of metro-Atlanta, Georgia.



Corporate Values

Trust built with communities, medical facility partners, patients and employees is at the heart of our company. We build that trust by infusing into every aspect our core values of S.A.F.E – Safe. Accountable. Friendly. Efficient. When we deliver on our core values, our customers experience the key attributes of service and quality care that present as our employees being professional, courteous and on-time. The consistent delivery of this service over time builds the trust of our community members and customers that is essential to our success as a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies.



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Robby AtkinsSoutheast Regional President
Huey AtkinsVice President of Operations
Charles PartainOperations Manager

Meet the Priority Ambulance Family of Companies

Priority Ambulance is a dynamic, rapidly growing company with current operations in 13 states. The company has been listed for four consecutive years on the Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America. More than half of the company’s 610,000 annual patient transports are in response to a public call to 9-1-1, while the balance of our transports originate through requests from health care facilities. Throughout its national service area, approximately 4,100 highly trained paramedics and EMTs staff a fleet of 830 state-of-the-art ambulances and support vehicles with the latest medical equipment and technology.

The Priority Ambulance family of companies has served and built trust in their communities for decades. We believe in the importance of preserving our companies’ legacies and cultures by keeping the leadership, company names and brands in place when they join our family. Each local operation is autonomous in its decision-making and is supported with additional capital, resources and expertise from the national leadership team, as well as its sister companies.

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