EMS Education Conference underway

Medical care in the Upper Peninsula, despite the rural environment, is very responsive.

That may be because of a ‘team work’ attitude.

Emergency personnel from Michigan and northern Wisconsin are in Marquette for the 32nd Annual Emergency Medical Services Educational Conference.

Day One of the conference included work sessions covering practical skills on emergency scenarios, like wilderness and automobile rescuing.

“Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are classes that are about two hours in length so they learn basically everything that could possibly happen in an emergency situation,” Executive Director of UP-EMS Robert Struck said.  “And this conference is going to be special because Senator Tom Casperson will be here on Friday, and he is going to make an announcement that he is introducing new legislation.  I think it’s going to be fantastic for the state of Michigan and certainly for the rural areas.”

More than 500 people are registered for the conference, with about 70 different classes being offered.

“This conference is critical for EMS personnel, especially in the rural areas because it gives them the opportunity to have excellent training from some of the leading EMS experts in the state, as well as the country,” Struck said.

The U.P. EMS conference is the largest EMS conference in Michigan with personnel from more than 70 different agencies attending.