New York State
Association of Fire Chiefs

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Schedule of EMS Education Programs

Open to Conference Full Term Registrants only.
Classrooms at The Oncenter are located on the lower level.
Certified EMS providers can earn CMEs for attending the following programs.


8:30 – 9:25 a.m.

“Tourniquets: The Good, Bad, and Ugly”
Dr. Joan Dolinak, Upstate University

This program will review mechanisms as to why tourniquets work well in certain circumstances and why they don’t seem to in others. Complications that may arise with tourniquet use and case reviews will be presented.
The Oncenter Room 4
9:30 – 10:25 a.m.
“Intimate Partner Violence”
Assistant Chief of Clinical Care Melodie Kolmetz, MPAS, PA-C, EMT-P, CIC, Town of Livonia Ambulance District #1

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health problem of epic proportions. IPV contributes to injuries, chronic health issues, and high-risk behaviors. IPV screening for all patients can improve health and decrease the risk for violence. EMS clinicians have a uniquely safe and private “office space” in which to screen for IPV. This presentation will provide the EMS provider with screening tools and evidence-based interventions that can help end the stigma and increase safety for those affected by IPV.
The Oncenter Room 4
10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
“Safe Transport of Pediatric Patients”
EMS for Children Program Manager/EMT Amy Eisenhauer, NYS DOH Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems

Ambulance collisions are not a new phenomenon for EMS providers, and per the CDC, ambulances are two-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in a collision than a civilian vehicle. Yet, we often don’t appropriately restrain pediatric patients in our ambulances. During this course, providers will learn about the EMS for Children mission and associated programs related to the safe transport of pediatric patients in New York state, discuss specific New York State EMS collaborative protocols related to appropriate restraint of pediatric patients during transport, and take away key actions they can use to provide safer transport for pediatric patients.
The Oncenter Room 4
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
“Documentation – A Reflection of Your Patient and You”

Documentation has always been one of the least favorite duties of EMS. The patient care report you write reflects your abilities as an EMS provider, as well as the clinical presentation of your patient. This session will help improve how you document as a provider, showing your skill set, the patient’s condition, and care you provided.
The Oncenter Room 4

1:30 – 2:25 p.m.

“Vaping: Is it Going Up in Smoke?”
Sergeant/Haz-Mat Technician Douglas Wildermuth, BS, NRP, New York State Police/E5 Support Services, LLC

The latest news has vaping becoming the next bullseye in the healthcare field. But how long has vaping been around? How do the multiple kinds of vape pens work? Are you aware that they are a great means to stop smoking, but also can be used to smoke THC? This program will review the great hype news outlets have branded upon the vaping industry and why vape shop owners are upset. Students will also learn the different types of vape pens on the market today and how they are being used.
The Oncenter Room 4

2:30 – 3:25 p.m.

“Should Your Agency Have a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC)?”
EMS for Children Program Manager/EMT Amy Eisenhauer, NYS DOH Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems

EMS providers at large are uncomfortable providing care for pediatric patients, but they account for approximately 10% of EMS responses nationally. While most collegiate EMS agencies see significantly fewer patients under the age of 18, they do respond to mutual aid calls in surrounding communities and encounter pediatric patients there. Join us to learn more about EMS for Children and the Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator program and how it can benefit your patients, your agency, and your providers.
The Oncenter Room 4

3:30 – 4:25 p.m.

“Pediatric Management: Handtevy, Broselow, and PALS – A Hybrid Approach to Rapid Care for Kids”
Assistant Chief/Paramedic Kenneth Thompson, FP-C, NRP, McDonough Fire Department

Managing a critically ill pediatric patient is challenging, to say the least. There are many tools available to provide rapid care for kids, but too many options isn’t always a good thing. This program will examine the various tools available and explore a method to streamline our care of critically ill pediatric patients and eliminate confusion.
The Oncenter Room 4

4:30 – 5:25 p.m.

“Law Enforcement and EMS”
Sergeant/Haz-Mat Technician Douglas Wildermuth, BS, NRP, New York State Police/E5 Support Services, LLC

Law enforcement and EMS are fluid fields that are ever changing. With the increased violent encounters in the emergency services field, we need to better understand each other so we can all work better together. Do EMS responders know that they can transport a law enforcement K9 in their ambulance? What can we do for a suspect who has been tased? Do you know where the tourniquet is on a police officer? Are EMS providers comfortable with blood draws? This interactive program dynamically brings both worlds together.
The Oncenter Room 4


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

“EMS Gadgets and Gizmos: Hear from the Vendors”
EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy, Saratoga County

Join Mike McEvoy for a 90-minute session including a “show and tell” featuring new products from EMS vendors. Each vendor will have 10 minutes to provide a demonstration of a new technology, device, or piece of equipment with additional time for questions and answers. Attendees will receive CME and can choose to follow up later in the day on products in which they have particular interest.
The Oncenter Rooms 1-2