EMS Seminar

The FASNY Emergency Medical Services Committee presents the 40th Anniversary of the EMS Seminar in Montour Falls, New York. The 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-Seminar Workshop eligible for Core CME credit hours in Preparatory, Airway, Pharmacology, Med. Admin, Emergency Meds., Immunology, Toxicology, Endocrine, Neurology, Abdominal, Geni-Renal, GI, Hematology, Respiratory and Psychiatric.

Upcoming Presentations

Saturday – Sunday, March 4-5, 2023 | NYS Fire Academy, Montour Falls*

Friday, March 3, 2023 | Pre-Seminar, Core Content (Presented by Dan Batsie)

*Housing at The Academy is limited, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Rescue Medics for Technical Vehicle Rescues
Presented by: Bill Hallinan, MSBA, RN, and Retired Paramedic; Trauma Program Manager at the Kessler Trauma Center at the University of Rochester.
Rescue Medics represent the intersection of technical rescue skills with tailored patient care. This session will focus on how pre-hospital providers can identify injury profiles and adjust their treatments plans to best improve patient outcomes. Case studies will highlight how a rescue medic can be integrated with the rescue team to reduce time to rescue without a compromise in patient or crew safety. How the rescue medic operates in the hot zone will provide a template both training and communication. Core Competencies to implement the rescue medic into team operations will be presented.

Rise of the Machines : Man in Machine / Machine in Man
Presented by: Bill Hallinan, MSBA, RN, and Retired Paramedic; Trauma Program Manager at the Kessler Trauma Center at the University of Rochester.
This course will discuss a systematic approach to both rural and urban rescues involving agricultural, recreational and commercial machinery. This talk will categorize the type of rescue, common injuries and techniques to execute a successful rescue. Case studies and research will present best practices teams can use to approach these incidents. Methods for providing integrated command and resource management with technical specialists with medical branch staff will allow participants to develop a patient centered rescue plan. Case examples and guidelines for care of amputated limbs and field amputations will be presented. Communication strategies for the scene medical communications coordinator with the receiving trauma center to optimize readiness will be presented. Pre-hospital medical care and consideration of common injury types will be discussed.

“Weak, Winded and Woozy…What’s Wrong?”
Presented by: Connie J. Mattera, MS, RN, TNS, Paramedic
Patient presentations can be a challenge to reaching an impression. Dozens claim weakness, lightheadedness, syncope, shortness of breath and exercise intolerance as chief complaints. This could be anything from soup to nuts, but just might be the prelude to disaster. Let’s explore the world of differentials as participants learn the art of a combining a thorough history, careful physical exam, and good old fashion gut instinct to discern the cause of complaints and provide the right evidence-based care. EMS responders must be able to transition from following a cook book to thinking critically to best serve the needs of complex patients. Let’s see how you do in a fun journey chasing the zebras.

What’s Hot and What’s Not?
Presented by: Connie J. Mattera, MS, RN, TNS, Paramedic
What are the shortcomings and challenges of the current healthcare system and how is EMS strategically positioned to help solve some of those issues? How can we develop EMS personnel with vision, an obsession for improvement, and fearless in pursuit of better healthcare based on the Agenda 2050? How will we pay for EMS care under an innovative system of value-based care that compensates quality rather than quantity? How can we build capacity to innovate, spread & sustain innovations and gain ideas for improvement throughout our organizations? How can we improve quality of care and decrease cost? What are the evolving standards of quality care? How should we standardize excellent care? How do your protocols match up with the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines? Where should we even be looking for evidence-based guidelines? What guideline changes should we all be adopting? EMS is so much more than BandAids and backboards. Why is our role so critical and how can we all excel as practitioners? Transformational thinkers want to know.

Taking Charge: Leadership Readiness and Why Command Depth is Essential to Successful Operations
Presentation by Dan Batsie, EMT-P
Maybe you are a new EMT. Maybe you are a junior member of your squad. Maybe your team is populated by more experienced providers. But what if a moment arose where you needed to be the leader? Unexpected leadership situations are far more common than you would expect. From challenging operational situations to unforeseen strategic changes, unplanned circumstances frequently thrust unexpecting personnel into situations where they must rally the team and lead. Are you ready? This class will discuss the core-leadership principles necessary in dynamic and emergent situations and describe real-world techniques to improve those capabilities.