Annual EMS Conference

Each year, the FASNY Emergency Medical Services Committee presents the EMS Conference in Selden, New York. The one-day event is packed with presentations that address the most contemporary and critical topics in the EMS community.

These invaluable sessions are complemented by a Pre-Conference Workshop eligible for Core CME credit hours in toxicology, cardiology, respiratory, psychiatric and EMS operations, among others.

Past Presentations

The State of Emergency Medical Services in New York State
Presentation by Bureau of EMS, NYS Department of Health and NYSEMS Council

45 Years of Tragedies
First Responders have always had to respond to both natural and manmade disasters, but the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, changed the lives of Americans forever! We as first responders have to turn the mirror on ourselves and ask the tough question: “Are we ready?” The world tragedies of the past force first responders to be specially trained for unusual events such as active shooters, school shootings, acts of terrorism, bombings, civil disorder, protests, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. During this session, we will take a look at what we really do and will show that we do more than give people a ride in an ambulance!

Bicycles, Bats, Balls and Trauma Calls
This session helped first responders, EMTs, paramedics, nurses and physicians better understand sports injuries that occur in neighborhood ballparks. During this session, we will take a look at some of the most common types of sports injuries to children and teenagers from Little League through high school.  We will review how children are often injured while riding bicycles, skateboarding and playing baseball, football or soccer. We will discuss the treatment for sprains, strains and injuries caused by repetitive sports. We will also discuss sports-related trauma calls such as fractures, head injuries and blunt trauma.

Presented by: Chief Ken Bouvier, EMT

Ken Bouvier is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and a professional speaker from New Orleans, Louisiana. Chief Bouvier began his career in 1975 at the Westwego Volunteer Fire Department. With the passion to serve others, Chief Bouvier became a career industrial firefighter, hazardous materials specialist, paramedic and fire Chief for a major industrial facility, where he served for 37 years until he retired in 2012. Concurrently, Chief Bouvier worked at New Orleans EMS since 1989. After his industrial retirement in 2012, he began his full-time career at New Orleans EMS and served as Chief of Operations until he retired in March of 2019. He served as President of the National EMT Association from 2004 to 2006. He is also the recipient of several prestigious awards, including National EMT of the Year, the Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award and the Louisiana Nancy Bourgeois Lifetime Achievement Award. Chief Bouvier has served as the Commander of Mardi Gras and two Super Bowls as well as during Hurricane Katrina. He was responsible for managing the cast and appeared on the A&E television show “Nightwatch.” Chief Bouvier holds certifications from LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State fire colleges; the National Fire Academy; and Louisiana State Police Hazardous Materials School. He currently serves as a member of the EMS World Advisory Board.

Critical Choices: Decision Making in an Emergent Situation
Emergencies require critical choices with minimal information. Psychosis? Metabolic disorders? Overdoses? Trauma? Cardiovascular disasters? Dr. Zesut breaks down multiple scenarios and critical case studies in an informative and entertaining discussion. Learn to identify situations where early identification can lead to positive outcomes for your patients.

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down: Patient Relations in Emergent Situations
Emergency situations are high-stress critical moments where seconds count. Tactical decision making can be the difference between an organized calm treatment plan and chaos. Dr. Zesut brings his background in customer service, having worked and trained customer relations at the Walt Disney Co., into the health care setting. Learn to defuse and calm any situation to provide the best care possible.

Presented by: Dr. Robert Zesut, MD

Dr. Robert Zesut has been involved with emergency medical services for over 25 years. Originally starting out as an EMT/paramedic in New York, he continued his education by completing a master’s in public health from the University of Tennessee and obtaining his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Nova Southeastern University. He is currently an emergency medicine physician in Texas. Additionally, Dr. Zesut completed a fellowship in healthcare leadership during his residency at Memorial Hermann Trauma Center in Houston, one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation. Dr. Zesut has extensive experience in treating critical medical and traumatic conditions. Sub-specialty areas of interest for him are in the areas of leadership, patient and provider satisfaction, workplace wellness, health care administration, coding/billing and clinical documentation.