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Serving the emergency services community, EMS Today provides professionals with a valuable
combination of progressive education, developed by industry experts and JEMS contributors,
and the latest equipment from leading manufacturers.  Emergency services personnel rely on
EMS Today to help develop their careers, create networking opportunities and provide an environment
where camaraderie, pride of service and dedication to saving lives is celebrated.

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

The 2nd edition of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) teaches EMS practitioners at all levels how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. The course includes lessons for each component of the MARCH assessment;  read more...


8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) focuses on critical pediatric physiology, illnesses, injuries, and interventions to help EMS practitioners provide the best treatment in the field for sick and injured children. The course stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make the best  read more...


8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

To assist organizations in preparing employees for responsibility as supervisors and managers, Keavney and Streger, in cooperation with industry leaders, has developed the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program. This program is designed to give new and experienced leaders real-world tools  read more...

Speaker
Margaret Keavney
Attorney
Keavney & Streger, LLC
United States
Speaker
Matthew Streger, Esq., MPA, NRP
Partner
Keavney & Streger, LLC
United States
Speaker
Michelle Kobayashi
Administrative Director of EMS and Emergency Community Operations
Hackensack University Medical Center
United States
Speaker
Robert Luckritz
Vice President, Operations
Jersey City Medical Center
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)



This new course is designed to provide EMS practitioners with the tools they need to help reduce the psychological toll on a patient during a medical emergency. It features scenario-based interactives and lectures. Designed for EMS practitioners at all  read more...


8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)

The target audience for this program is EMS providers of all types/levels/certifications as well as any other clinical personnel who may be exposed to patients with high-consequence communicable diseases. The course aims to increase awareness about standard  read more...

Speaker
Alexander Isakov
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
United States
Speaker
Ben Tysor
Fire Apparatus Engineer / EMS Quality Assurance
City of Omaha Fire Department
United States
Speaker
Gary Hecker
RN, CCRN, AEMT-CC, CIC
Lindenwood Volunteer Ambulance Corps., Baldwin Fire Department
United States
Speaker
Wade Miles
Special Operations Biosafety Transport Team Leader
Grady EMS
United States

8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Format: Preconference Course (4 or 8 hour Course)



The 2nd edition of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) teaches EMS practitioners at all levels how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment. The course includes lessons for each component of the  read more...


8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC) focuses on critical pediatric physiology, illnesses, injuries, and interventions to help EMS practitioners provide the best treatment in the field for sick and injured children. The course stresses critical thinking skills to help practitioners make  read more...


8:00 AM-5:00 PM

The goal of the symposium is to bring together a collection of seasoned professionals to speak to the issues that responders encounter when deploying to these types of events and helping them be better prepared for the completion of the mission. There  read more...

Moderator
Richard W. Patrick
Chief
Director, National Fire Programs Directorate U. S. Fire Administration
United States
Speaker
Edward Kelly
General Secretary-Treasurer
International Association of Firefighters
United States
Speaker
Joseph "Jay" Martin, S&T
Principal Director
Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
United States
Speaker
Mitchell Moriber
Chairman, Catastrophic Guidelines & Triage Committee, Chairman, Taylor County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Medical Director, EMS/Fire/Education, Secretary, Disaster Section, ACEP
United States
Speaker
Richard C. Hunt, MD, FACEP
Senior Medical Advisor, National Healthcare Preparedness Programs Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States

1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Developing quality written test items and administering practical skills exams can



challenge the best of instructors. This workshop will walk you through developing



test items that allow you to assess your students’ level of  read more...

Speaker
Greg Applegate
Chief Science Officer
National Registry of EMTs
United States

8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Room: Ballroom B&C

OPENING CEREMONIES & KEYNOTE SESSION



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Speaker
Rommie Duckworth
Captain / EMS Coordinator
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

We have seen fire, rain, and flooding. We hone our response based on years of records and new technologies. But, fire and rain have predictive values. Not so a catastrophic biologic event. We have developed vaccines for some of the most infectious agents, but each  read more...

Speaker+
Mitchell Moriber
Chairman, Catastrophic Guidelines & Triage Committee, Chairman, Taylor County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Medical Director, EMS/Fire/Education, Secretary, Disaster Section, ACEP
United States
Speaker
Michael Lambert
Homeland Security Planner, Hospital Emergency Response Trainer.
Galveston County Texas OEM
United States
Speaker
Mike Megna
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, Blanco County, Texas
Blanco County Texas OEM
United States
Speaker
Mike Beimer
Board Member
Hardeman County Memorial Hospital District
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

The medical examiner/coroner focuses on preserving the evidence while you are bound to preserving life. When should attempts at resuscitation be avoided, and how can EMS develop an effective working relationship with the medical examiner and law enforcement to protect the integrity of the scene  read more...

Speaker
Steve Berry
Paramedic
I'M NOT AN AMBULANCE DRIVER
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Every day, EMS students leave our classes “entry level competent,” and although we routinely accept that standard for testing purposes, far too often employers are unaware and unprepared to recognize the limitations inherent in that level of training. Right or wrong, new graduates are being  read more...

Speaker
Dan Batsie
Chief of EMS
Vermont Department of Health
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Performance measures drive practice, protocols, spending, and behaviors across healthcare.  The EMS Compass measures were released in 2016 to help EMS agencies and regulators to use their data to measure and improve patient care.  The National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA) picked up where the EMS Compass project left off,  read more...

Speaker
Jonathan Washko, MBA, FACPE, NRP, AEMD
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Northwell Center for EMS
United States
Speaker
Michael Redlener
MD, FAEMS, Vice President - National EMS Quality Alliance and Chair - Quality and Safety Committee, National Association of EMS Physicians
Mount Sinai Health System
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

This program is for EMS providers of all types/levels/certifications who may be exposed to patients with high-consequence communicable diseases. The course aims to increase awareness about standard and transmission-based infection-control practices and considers current high-consequence infectious diseases like MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome), novel influenza  read more...

Speaker
Alexander Isakov
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation
This program is for all EMS leaders and EMS members interested in improving their communication skills to connect with their membership. This dynamic presentation covers the power and pitfalls of effective EMS officer management and leadership skills and provides actual scenarios to enhance the subject matter.  read more...
Speaker
Stephen Marsar, MA, EFO, CIC
Battalion Chief, FDNY
Fire Department of New York
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Trauma care is in a constant state of flux. In this presentation, Dr. Bledsoe will review the current science, or lack thereof, of trauma care practices in 2020. This will include a look at evolving trends and interventions that may ultimately help to improve trauma  read more...

Speaker
Bryan Bledsoe, DO, FACEP, FAEMS
Professor, Emergency Medicine
UNLV School of Medicine
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

A systematic review of the current best practices in the transportation of the sick and injured pediatric patient: current research and accepted best practices for transportation of the sick and injured child in an ambulance, current crash-testing requirements, and kinematics of  read more...

Speaker
Roger Smith
EMS Coordinator
The Children's Hospital at OUMI
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

This presentation reviews new and recent evidence on penetrating trauma in children with a focus on practical applications for EMS professionals at the scene of injury. Patterns of injury and prediction of life-threatening injuries are reviewed to help prehospital providers know  read more...

Speaker+
Joseph Kelly
Presenter
Children's Hospital of Colorado
United States
Speaker
Jennifer Anders
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician; Associate Pediatric Medical Director, Maryland EMS
Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems
United States

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Format: Individual Presentation

Not every EMS agency does or should include rapid sequence intubation (RSI) in its airway management strategies, but those that do should rely on the available medical science to determine which paralytic is the preferred agent for initial airway management. Which agent is most likely  read more...

Speaker
John Freese, MD
EMS Medical Director - Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Fire Department of New York
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

As a first responder, we often don’t know we are at a crime scene until we are in it. To better understand what to do or not to do at a crime scene, we need to better understand the roles of all the emergency services  read more...

Speaker
Douglas Wildermuth
BS, NRP, NY Paramedic CIC, NYSP Sergeant
E5 Support Services
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Attendees are introduced to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and its broad applications. It is a well-established therapy, and its use is becoming more widespread. Most tertiary facilities have ECMO programs and capability. EMS personnel could be called on to transport these critically ill patients, and  read more...

Speaker
Timothy Misselbeck
Chief, Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Lehigh Valley Health Network
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

This interactive presentation looks at the impact and influence of Baby Boomers through Generation Z on EMS--how we think, act, and engage in the process of EMS from a generational perspective. This approach will assist us in interacting with other generations and in assessing the  read more...

Speaker
Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P
Professor, University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight and the Florida Ambulance Association discuss their disaster response agreement and the implementation challenges of the plan and the lessons learned from Hurricane Michael in 2018. Everything from deployment planning to cost reimbursement for services rendered is covered.  read more...

Speaker+
John Peterson
Chief Operating Officer
Sunstar Paramedics
United States
Speaker
Alan Skavroneck
Vice President & COO
Ambitrans Medical Transport
United States
Speaker
Alissa Garcia
Chief Financial Officer
National Health Transport
United States
Speaker
Holly Martin
Billing Manager
Nature Coast EMS
United States
Speaker
Steve McCoy
Emergency Medical Services Administrator
Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight
United States
Speaker
Terence Ramotar
Regional Director
American Medical Response (AMR)
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Sepsis is an emergent medical condition that kills more people annually than prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. For every two heart attack patients cared for by EMS, five patients are hospitalized by sepsis. EMS transports 60 percent of patients with severe sepsis arriving  read more...

Speaker
Rommie Duckworth
Captain / EMS Coordinator
Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

We're listening! The National Registry of EMTs is looking to the future as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. That starts by hearing what you have to say. We want to hear your suggestions, your arguments, your complaints, and anything that will help you and help  read more...

Speaker
Bill Seifarth
Executive Director
National Registry of EMTs
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Home or public playgrounds are supposed to be happy fun places for children; unfortunately, many children are injured or killed in these areas each year. This program looks at the playground from a safety/prevention aspect. Participants are given a playground safety report card for assessing  read more...

Speaker
Shaun Fix
NRP, PMD
Emergency Medical Consultants, Inc. / Boca Raton Fire Department (Ret.)
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation
This class will discuss prehospital blood  read more...
Speaker
Lance Stuke
MD, MPH, FACS, Program Director
LSU Department of Surgery , New Orleans, LA
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Exposure to traumatic events has cost the careers of many emergency services personnel. Severe stress touches one's soul, and it can leave permanent damage both physically and emotionally. Marriages, relationships, and the children of emergency personnel all suffer, as does their job performance and self-confidence.  read more...

Speaker
Jeffrey Mitchell
Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services
Department of Emergency Health Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
United States

11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

This fast-paced lecture addresses the actions to take in the first 30 minutes to ensure you gain control of the EMS components, delegate responsibilities, ensure crew and patient safety, rapidly establish priority areas, and get transportation of patients underway within five minutes  read more...

Speaker
A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P
Editor-in-Chief, JEMS
Clarion Events
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation
The objective is to enlighten participants in current and future expectations of EMS education at all levels. In these times of ever-changing numbers of individuals seeking to join the EMS workforce, it is of utmost importance that we continue to explore educational methods of providing primary  read more...
Speaker
Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P
Professor, University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

Not only is the field of medicine changing rapidly, but also is our ability to continuously meet the physical and mental demands it places on our bodies. Techniques you can use to stay healthy in this unforgiving profession of prehospital care are explored along with  read more...

Speaker
Steve Berry
Paramedic
I'M NOT AN AMBULANCE DRIVER
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

A street/highway driving evaluation is a simple, yet effective, tool for coaching EMS vehicle operators. This seminar helps you identify and address behind-the-wheel safety concerns using data captured within your EMS agency.  read more...

Speaker
Justin M. Eberly, MPA, CTO, EMT
Education Specialist
VFIS
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

You joined for the excitement, but the complaining makes you want to pull your hair out! Have you ever wondered why members quit or why no one wants to hang out at the station any longer? Maybe they are tired of listening to all of  read more...

Speaker
Bradley Pinsky
Attorney at Law/Fire Chief (Ret.)
Attorney, Pinsky Law Group, PLLC, Chief (Ret), Manlius Fire Department
United States

2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Format: Individual Presentation

The focus is on the importance of customer service in the EMS arena. You will come away with tips for increasing customer service in your interactions with patients and the public.