GREAT LEADERS HAVE A PASSION FOR IT!
NREMT CATEGORY: OTHER
Rick Lasky, Fire Chief (ret.), Lewisville (TX) Fire Dept.
Come learn how the positive traits of a leader are often defined by their values, passion for what they
do, and their ability to “see” things that others don’t. Rick Lasky will show you how those that lack an
understanding of EMS view it as a burden while those who “get it” view it as a blessing!
IMPROVING THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF YOUR STAFF
NREMT CATEGORY: OTHER
Tony Walker, ASM, Chief Executive Officer, Ambulance Victoria, Australia
Learn how Australia’s Ambulance Victoria, which for years accepted that “injury”, including
psychological injury, was just part of the job for their personnel, developed and implemented a
comprehensive program to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their staff and volunteers.
Learn about the program’s comprehensive Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy was developed
through extensive consultation with AV staff, their families and unions; a unique partnership with
beyondblue to deliver staff training; how reforms reduced stigma by normalizing the conversation
around mental health; and improved the mental health and wellbeing of AV staff.
THE ISRAELI APPROACH TO MCIs
NREMT CATEGORY: OPERATIONS
Dovie Maisel, EMT-P, Senior Vice President International Operations, United Hatzalah/United Rescue
This session will introduce you to the vast experience and lessons learned from years of experience
in Israeli EMS response to hundreds of terrors related MCI’s. Dovie Maisel will discuss critically
important aspects of staging, incident command, triage, safety measures, and unsecure scene
medical response and teach you how to minimize the stay and play component and rapid transport to
the ER /OR. He will use actual case studies of coordinated attacks executed by terror groups within
Israel to illustrate his points and allow you to get the feel of terror attacks, and trigger your mind to
think different and understand that these incidents can occur anywhere – at any time.
THE MENTALLY ILL PATIENT CHALLENGE – EMS ROLE IN TREATMENT
NREMT CATEGORY: MEDCIAL
Pat Songer, NREMT-P, BS, FACPE, Senior Vice President, Ready Responders
Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P, Attorney at Law, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC
One of the most difficult patients we encounter is the mental health patient. Now with so many
inpatient mental health programs eliminated, seriously ill patients are left without viable treatment
options, putting EMS “in the middle”, and in some cases, “between a rock and a hard place” in dealing
with them and the legal issues that surround them, especially where the patient is non-compliant with
treatment. This session will discuss the current state of mental health laws as they relate to EMS and
strategies to minimize risk and improve patient care.