Thursday - July 25 - 10:45 am - 11:45 am
What does it really mean to be a true profession? In this fast-paced debate, two veteran EMS pros will tackle some of the more controversial topics impacting the future of EMS. When the National EMS Management Association and other groups proposed calling all EMS providers “paramedics” and referring to the profession as “paramedicine,” several others, including the International Association of Fire Chiefs, came out in opposition. Brian LaCroix, President of NEMSMA, will face off with Bruce Evans, fire chief and president-elect of NAEMT. In addition to this hot-button issue, Brian and Bruce will also discuss the role of higher education and degree requirements in the education of paramedics. Regardless of your opinions on the issues, you’ll come away informed, entertained and hopefully better prepared to play a role in moving these discussions forward to find common ground and advance the profession together.
Brian LaCroix is retiring this year as president and EMS chief of Allina Health EMS, a hospital-based EMS system serving more than 100 communities in Minnesota. Bruce Evans, MPA, is the fire chief for the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District, outside of Durango, Colorado, and president-elect of the National Association of EMTs. He retired as an assistant chief from the North Las Vegas Fire Department. Michael Gerber, MPH, senior consultant with the RedFlash Group, will moderate.