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.

EMS Education Programs – Schedule at a Glance (JPG)

8:30 – 9:25 a.m.

“Power to the Providers: Using Performance Improvement to Change Practice in the Field”
Assistant Chief (Ret.) William Hallinan, RN, MS, Spencerport Fire District and
EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, NRP, Saratoga County

This presentation will walk participants through the application of performance improvement processes that have resulted in practice changes for providers in the field. Providers will see how real-world case studies from incidents with opportunities for improvement resulted in engagement, positive conversations, education, and eventual practice changes. Case studies will highlight how interventions have resulted in both better care and, in some cases, untoward further opportunities. These cases represent pediatric, trauma, cardiac, and transport performance improvement. Providers will also be able to bring both the clinical insight and process back to their daily practice.
The Oncenter Room 4
9:30 – 10:25 a.m.
“EMS Response – Operational Risks in Abandoned and Occupied Derelict Buildings”
Chief of Training Christopher Naum, Command Institute

The prevalence and extent of abandoned, vacant, non-use and occupied derelict buildings within high-density metro and urban environments has increased in all community settings, including suburban and rural municipalities. These buildings, structures, and occupancies present unique risks to EMS personnel accessing, conducting operations, and rendering medical services, demanding an increased awareness of building predictability of performance, inherent risks, hazards, and precautionary measures that should be implemented. This program will identify key operational risks in the response and conduct of services within abandoned and occupied derelict buildings for EMS personnel.
The Oncenter Room 4
10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
“Learning the Language of Our Biggest Fans – Autism Awareness for EMS”
Flight Paramedic/EMS Educator Matthew Yelton, Mercy Flight Central, Inc.

This presentation will focus on the nuances of communicating with, assessing, and treating patients with autism from the unique perspective of a paramedic who also happens to be the father of a child with ASD.
The Oncenter Room 4
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
“What the ‘Vape’ is Going On? Patient Assessment/Treatment”
EMS Coordinator Michael Davis, First Approach EMS Education

What exactly is vaping and how will a patient present? These questions and more will be answered during this presentation. The many myths about vaping will be discussed. The dangers to not only the patient, but also possibly EMS responders, will be examined.
The Oncenter Room 4
1:30 – 2:25 p.m.
“Taking the Human Factor Out of EMS: Creating Checklists to Be Professionals”
Firefighter/Paramedic Richard Nower, City of Utica Fire Department/Edwards Ambulance

This program is an evidence-based presentation about creating a checklist to prevent errors during an EMS career. A checklist is not a recipe card for a novice, but rather ensures that EMS care is done by experts. This presentation looks at the historical use of checklist, why errors happen, comparing and contrasting ignorance vs. ineptitude, and comparing re-do and do-confirm to checklists. The presentation will explore current checklists being used throughout EMS. It will look at the design of checklists, the evidence for fonts, break points, validation, and implementation of checklists. Checklists will be looked at as living documents to make EMS safer, prevent errors, increase team building, and create a better EMS environment.
The Oncenter Room 4
2:30 – 3:25 p.m.
“EMS for ICS: How Do I Get in on All of Those Boxes and Lines”
ALS Q/A Samuel Benson, Hatzoloh EMS of Rockland

In many states/localities, incident command system (ICS) training is limited to the 100-200 series with some places possibly requiring the 300, 400, 700, and/or 800 classes. The problem with this normal sequence of training is that it does not provide EMS providers the tools to effectively work, or take a leadership role, in large incidents. Furthermore, ICS can be daunting for EMS providers as too often, it is perceived as being “something that fire does,” and that gap needs to be filled. This presentation will introduce the broader arena of ICS and the multiple, other ICS courses that are available. Additionally, the topic of credentialing and qualification systems will be discussed. By introducing participants to the broader arena of ICS, they will have the ability to seek out the classes to learn the skills necessary to work in a large incident or pursue credentialling for leadership roles in a large incident.
The Oncenter Room 4
3:30 – 4:25 p.m.
“Critical Decisions and Care of Man in Machine – Machine in Man Incidents”
Assistant Chief (Ret.) William Hallinan, RN, MS, Spencerport Fire District

The integrated medical and rescue decisions made during machinery rescue incidents can impact the survival and outcomes for patients. This presentation will review frequent incident types, core knowledge, core competencies, medical decision-making, and an integrated approach to handle these incidents. Case studies will review common injury types and pathologies that occur and how to approach the care of entrapments, entrainments, impalements, compression, limb rescue, asphyxia, hemorrhage, and amputation. A process to integrate safe patient care and prioritize rescue maneuvers for the greatest success will be presented.
The Oncenter Room 4
4:30 – 5:25 p.m.
“Breach the Breech: It’s Not Head First!”
Commissioner Melissa Lawlor, MSN, CNM, FNP-C, EMT, Pleasant Valley Fire District

Ever feel like you lack the confidence to do a vaginal birth, let alone a baby who is coming butt first? This is a rarely encountered presentation in the field that requires calmness, quick thinking, and possible neonatal life-saving skills. We’re going to dive bottom first into physiological breech. The program will review the history, research, stats, risks vs. benefits, and neonatal outcomes. It will instill confidence in diagnosis of imminent breech delivery  – is that a foot?! – while giving an overview of the advanced skill set required for safe breech birth. The presentation will cover postpartum hemorrhage and neonatal resuscitation. Lastly, it will address the emotional trauma for EMS providers in birth.
The Oncenter Room 4
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

“EMS Gadgets and Gizmos: Hear from the Vendors”
EMS Coordinator Mike McEvoy, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, NRP, 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 they have particular interest in.
The Oncenter Rooms 1-2