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AGS Partners with Local Agencies to Host EMS Refresher Course!

Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) partners with Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. (JMS) and The International Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF), local Association, to host the EMS Refresher Course for the third year in a row!

AGS works with JMS and IAFF each year to provide recertification training to local medical professionals such as EMT?s, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Nurses. This training includes courses on trauma, pediatric care, and cardiac arrests, to name a few. These classes are designed to refresh medical public service professionals on patient care and transport to hospitals during emergencies.

These courses will be taught by EMS instructors and special guest instructors; Dr. Fred Mullins, Dr. Shawn Fagan, Dr. Rich Cartie, and Dr. James Frizzi.
Dr. Fred Mullins?s first foray into burn care was as a Physician Assistant, working under Dr. Joseph M. Still ? the namesake and founder of the nation?s largest burn center. Dr. Mullins returned to the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his Medical Degree in 1996. He did his internship and completed his General Surgery residency at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in 2001, and returned to the private practice of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., as a burn surgeon. Dr. Mullins became the Medical Director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in July 2004. He also serves as President of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., which has four clinics in the Southeast. He is also the President of Burn and Reconstruction Centers of America.

Dr. Shawn P. Fagan graduated from the Baylor College of Medicine in 1994, where he also completed both his general surgery residency and a two-year basic science research fellowship in pancreatic islet cell physiology. He was recruited to the team at Sumner Redstone Burn Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners? Burn Hospital for Children in Boston in 2006. Shortly after, he was named the Medical Director of both burn centers. During his tenure as a surgeon, Dr. Fagan has also served as an Assistant Professor at both the Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard University.

Dr. Rich Cartie is Board Certified in Pediatrics, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. A 1995 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in Rochester, NY, Dr. Cartie completed fellowship and residency rotations at Children?s Hospital in Los Angeles and Georgetown University Children's Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He joined the team at the Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., in 2007, and is frequently asked to be an expert witness in child abuse cases involving burns.

Colonel James D. Frizzi is the current Deputy Commander for Surgical Services (DCSS) at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. COL Frizzi also serves as the Chief of Surgery at DDEAMC; he was appointed Chief of Surgery in November 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Chief, General Surgery Service at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center from December 2007 to October 2013. He has served as the Chief, Surgical Critical Care at DDEAMC since July 2001.

The training will take place November 28th through December 1st. Any media wishing to cover this training please contact Lauren Smith directly at

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