With the change in the seasons, finally, one can surely sense a change in the air. Coincedentally today its a bit warm outside and a little humid, so there is a change in the air. I recently had the opportunity to attend a symposium at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts that focused on the future of EMS. The symposuim was appropriately titled "2013 Emergency Services Symposium: The Future of Emergency Services". It was a wonderful, day long event that not only brought various local EMS professionals together but also brought some prominant local and national EMS and fire service professionals together.
Some of the discussions were lead by Ed Walker from the Massachusetts Fire Academy, Davide Becker, representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs EMS section, Sergeant Matthew Zarella from the Rhode Island State Police, Kelvin Cochran former Assistant Secretary and Administrator for the USFA, along with Denis Onieal, Superintendent of the US Natioanal Fire Academy. Some of the topics that were discussed were some progressive areas of EMS such as new treatments and tools that EMS providers can and will have for use in the near future. Also discussed, at lenght, was transformational leadership in EMS and the fire service and how the profession is rapidly changing. We also spent time discussing search and rescue techniques that are available to EMS and the fire service that can be integrated into the profession. There were also some insightful discussions on what the future holds for Fire/Resuce services along with Air Ambulance services.
This day long symposium was developed and put on by the Fire and Public Administration Staff at Anna Maria College. This was the first, in what is hoped to be an annual symposium and I look forward to the 2014 symposium.
I hope everyone has a safe weekend.