Tuesday, February 14, 2012

FLCC to sponsor 15th annual emergency medical service conference

Finger Lakes Community College will sponsor the two-day Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council Conference 2012 on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, in Geneva.

The event starts with workshops on Friday and continues with the main conference on Saturday. All events will be held this year at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scandling Center due to construction at the main FLCC campus in Canandaigua.
This annual conference keeps emergency medical service workers up-to-date with workshop sessions, for example, on pain management, documentation and medical conditions.
Donna Spink, coordinator of emergency medical services at FLCC, said attendance averages 250 to 300 people, including staff and vendors.
Saturday’s keynote speaker is William Justice, the coordinator of prehospital trauma life support (PHTLS) and tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) for the state of Oklahoma. A frequent educator at regional, national and international conferences, he has 35 years of experience in fire-rescue, emergency medical service and law enforcement. He will talk about managing the scene of chaotic emergency rescue operations and share tools to help EMS workers communicate with one another and their non-EMS friends and family.
The FLCC EMS program is a 25-year partnership with the Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council, which is charged by the state to assure properly trained emergency medical personnel for Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates counties.
The council contracts with FLCC for a wide range of training and educational services and provides specialized equipment currently housed at the FLCC Geneva Campus Center. The college also offers degree and certification programs for the highest levels of emergency care: paramedic and critical care transport. The FLCC Critical Care Transport Program is the only such program in a 200-mile radius; the next closest is at Hudson Valley Community College.
For a full schedule and a registration form, visit www.flremsc.org and click on “conference” in the menu bar. For more information, call (315) 789-0108. Registration cannot be handled via phone, however.

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