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The 30th Annual EMS Update Conference will be held on March 23rd, 24th and 25th

EMS Update 2017, offering over 84 individual classes for both BLS and ALS providers presented by nationally recognized instructors.

From Medical to Trauma and Rescue to Hands on Simulation, EMS Update 2017 provides the Largest Selection of classes at any conference within our local area. 

Blood.  Broken Glass. Twisted Metal.  Death.  At some point in our careers, every EMS Provider as asked themselves the question, “Is this job really worth all this?”  All too often, we discover EMS does not love us nearly as much as we love it.  The hours are long, the pay is low and pressures are enormous.  So why do we continue to do it?  Join Kelly Grayson, as our keynote presenter describes a career arc from rookie EMT to experienced paramedic to career burnout and beyond.  You’ll see yourself in these stories and laugh alongside him as we examine how we face Life, Death and Everything In Between.

Kelly Grayson is a Critical Care Paramedic at Acadian Ambulance in southwest Louisiana and is the EMS Education Coordinator for ACE4EMS.  He is an award winning columnist for EMS1.com and EMS World Magazine.  His books, En Route and On Scene, are available through booksellers nationwide.

Last years “First Due” sessions, which were extremely popular with our early risers have been paired with a “Sunset Session” for those that would rather work later into the evening.

FBI Special Agent Phillip Smith will present Thursday’s general session “The Coming Storm”.  An active shooter opens fire, shattering the tranquility of a college campus and forever changing the lives of students, their families and the community.  The ensuing terror and confusion taxes the capacity of local law enforcement and first responders.  The Coming Storm is a unique FBI training tool designed to inspire collaboration among first responders in preparing for and managing these potentially overwhelming events.

You can register online by visiting the website of EMS Update 2017 at www.emsupdate.com.

Exhibit Hall with over 16,000 square feet of vendors will be open for attendees on both Friday and Saturday March 24th & 25th.  There is no charge to visit the Exhibit Hall.

EMS Update 2017 is sponsored by Western Regional EMS and produced by the Emergency Medical Service Institute.

Questions regarding EMS Update 2017 can be directed to Joe Ponko at jponko@emsi.org or by calling 412-494-5572.

Hotel Accommodations can be made by contacting Seven Springs Mountain Resort at 800-452-2223.  Mention EMS Update 2017 to receive the special conference room rate.  Offsite accommodations can be found in both Donegal and Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Thank You.

Emergency Medical Service Institute




Bethlehem Township Vol. Fire co.
Paramedic Preceptor Course
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
18:30 - 20:30 hours
Please see link for details:  Paramedic Precepting Class
Boy Scout Venturing Crew #77
Wilderness First Aid Course
Boy Scout Venturing Crew #77 will be conducting an ECSI (Emergency Care and Safety Instiutue) Wilderness First Aid Course on May 5-7, 2017 at Camp Spirit in Fogelsville, PA. The course is $100 and includes food, lodging (sleeping in personal tents), hand outs, books, and certification in Wilderness First Aid, Standard First Aid, and Adult CPR/AED.  Certification is good for 2 years.  To register please visit our website at www.BSACrew77.org.
Attached are the forms for the weekend.  Additional information can be found at our website.
NOTE:  This course satisfies the requirements for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, Philmont, Seabase, The Summitt, and other BSA High Adventure Bases. Con-eds Awarded
Any questions, please contact Chris Lubenetski 610-972-4045 or venturecrew77@aol.com
Cetronia Ambulance Corps
Ventilator Patient Management
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
18:30 hours
Please click link for details:  Vent Management
Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
16 Hour Course
March 20 & 22, 2017  1800-2200 hrs.
March 25, 2017  0800 - 1700 hrs.
Please click link for full details:  TECC 
EVOC Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Course
April 11th & 13th, 2017
August 2nd & 3rd, 2017
Please click link for times and details:  EVOC 2017
Children's Advocacy Center & Multidisciplinary Teams
Minimal Facts Interview Training
Friday, March 10, 2017
8:30am - 11:30 am OR 12:30pm - 3:30pm
At Lehigh Valley Hospital 17th & Chew Allentown
Click links for details:  Brochure Details     Training Invite Details 

Eastern PA EMS Council      
Basic Vehicle Rescue and Special Vehicle Rescue Testing   
Every 3rd Tuesday - March 21, 2017 @ 1900 Hours
4801 Kernsville Road, Orefield PA 18069      
You must register prior to taking the exam. 
Please contact the Council Office  610-820-9212 
Easton Hospital
Dementia Sensory Training
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Please click link for info:  Dementia Training
Intro to Critical Care for Pre-hospital Providers
Mondays, April 3rd and 10th, 2017
Two day course
8:30am - 3:00pm
Please click link for info:  Intro to Critical Care
Emmaus Ambulance Corps
Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect Program 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Please click link for info and to register:  SCAN-EMS
Geisinger Community Medical Center
Kinematics of Trauma:  How people break
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Presented by Dr. Richard Lopez
Please click link for details: Kinematics of Trauma
Continuing Education Lectures:
March 8 at Cedar Crest Auditorium from 1900-2100  
- CNS Injuries, Hemorrhage and Fluid resuscitation in Trauma

March 14 at Muhlenberg Campus - ECC D   from 1900-2100
 - Topic TBA

April 12 at Cedar Crest Auditorium from 1900-2100
 - Topic TBA

PHTLS Combined Provider  April 8 & 9, 2017

American Heart Association BLS Instructor Course - April 20, 2017

3rd Annual EMI Pediatric Symposium -  DATE CHANGE!
Third Annual Pediatric Symposium
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Please click link for details:  Pediatric Symposium To register, go to www.emiclasses.com\

EMI NREMT - EMT Refresher Course:  
EMI will be holding a NREMT-EMT Refresher Course on April 10, 11 and 12, 2017 from 8:00   a.m - 4:00 p.m at EMI located at 2100 Mack Blvd., Allentown, PA.  This course is designed to meet 24 hours of Refresher Content required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.   Cost
is $150.  To register, please visit ww.emiclasses.com 
 and select NREMT-Refresher.  For additional information, please contact Doug Gernerd at douglas.gernerd@lvhn.org

EMS Providers Supervisory Role Boot Camp
GEM- EMI will be hosting a 2 day - 16 hour course designed to prepare EMS providers to enter a supervisory role.  Presenter/facilitator is Jon Politis, MPA, NRP.  The course will be held May 30 & 31, 2017 at EMI in Allentown, PA.  Seating for this course is limited.  Tuition is $275.00.  To register, go to www.emiclasses.com  and select EMS Supervisor Bootcamp.  For additional course information, click here Supervisor Boot Camp.

Hegins Area Ambulance
EMT Course - March 2017
This course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and every Saturday beginning 03/07/17. Complete details and registration link can be found at; www.SafeTecTraining.com
Please click link for info: Hegins EMT Course
Lackawanna College EMS Academy
Paramedic Program
2017 Special Tuition Rate
Class forming now
Click link for details:  Paramedic Program

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)
LVHN Trauma Continuum of Care
Registration is now open for the Trauma 2017: A Continuum of Care Conference! 
Conference dates are March 9 & 10, 2017.  Conference to be held at University Center on the campus of DeSales University.  Registration/Cancellation Deadline:  March 2, 2107.  EMS providers (does not include LVHN employees) will receive a discounted registration fee of $60 for one day and $110 for both days. 
For additional conference details, please click on the link  Trauma Symposium 2017 
To register with credit card, go to: 
LVH - Hazleton
Abuse Across the Lifespan
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Please see link for info:  Abuse Across the Lifespan
LVH - Pocono
ACLS for Experienced Provider
Dates: Mon. 3/27/17 & Mon. July 17,2017
7:30am - 4:30pm
Please see link for info:  ACLS - EP

ECG & Pharmacology Course
This course is a perfect prerequisite to the ACLS and PALS courses.
Friday, 5/5/17
8:00am - 4:30pm
Please click link for info: ECG / Pharmacology    
NAEMT EMS Safety Course
Sat., 2/25/17 & Sat., 5/20/17
Please click link for all info:  NAEMT EMS Safety    
EMS Response to the Heart Failure Patient
Monday, February 27, 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Bolukoglu
Please click link for details: 

Advanced Medical Life Support
Sat., 3/11/17 & Sun., 3/12/17
Please click link for details:  AMLS
Prehospital Trauma Life Support Course (PHTLS)
Sat. 4/1/17 & Sun 4/2/17 - Spring Course
Sat 10/24/17 & Sun 10/25/17 - Fall Course
Please click link for details:  PHTLS Combo 2017 Course
Pediatric Advance Life Support Courses (PALS)
See Link for all dates and info:  PALS - 2017

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Courses (ACLS)
See Link for all dates and info:  ACLS - 2017

Basic Life Support Courses
See Link for all dates and info:  BLS - 2017
Macungie Ambulance Corps   
SCAN - EMS Program
Thursday, March 16, 2017
1800-2100 hours
Presented by American Academy of Pediatrics
3 Hours of Con-ed
Please click link for details and registration:  Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect 

Monroe County Public Safety Center
Monroe County Coroner's Office Presents
2017 Continuing Education Training Seminar
CORONER - 8 Hours Approved by PA Coroners' Education Board
                      under the provisions of Act 22 of 1988
ABMDI - 7 Hours approved by American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators
EMS -Pending CEU credits by Eastern PA EMS Council
ATTORNEY -PACLE with 5 Substantive Hours Approved by Monroe County Bar Assoc.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Please click link for all info: Training Seminar

Class starts Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
This is a 186-hour course with an EVOC course that is included in the price of the class. You will be doing ride-along with the top Ambulance corps in Monroe County.
Please see link for info and registration:  NREMT Class

Northampton Community College
Summer 2017 National RegistryEMR Program - Fowler Family Southside Campus
Summer 2017 National Registry EMTB Program - Fowler Family Southside Campus
New! Summer 2017 National Registry EMR Program - Fowler Family Southside Campus
Fall 2017 National Registry EMTB Programs - Fowler Family Southside Campus

PennState Health - St. Joseph
Cold Weather Emergencies
Brrrrr! The cold weather is here!! EMS doesn't stop because it's winter! Dr. Duane Siberski, Penn State Health St. Joseph Emergency and Pre-Hospital Physician, discusses what can be done to prepare you, your crew, and your patient during cold weather incidents. 
Thursday, 2/23/17 6PM to 8PM
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center
2500 Bernville Road, Reading PA
2nd Floor - Franciscan Room.    
This program has been submitted for two (2) hours of medical / trauma EMS continuing education.

Light refreshments provided.

Reading Health System 
EMT Programs Summer 2017
Summer: Monday to Thursday, June 19 - August 13th
Please click link for all info:  EMT 2017 Classes 
Paramedic Refresher & Paramedic Transition  
April 14 - May 19, 2017
Please see link for details:  Paramedic Refresher/Transition
Paramedic Program 2017-2018
August 2017 to July 2018  
Mondays through Thursdays 0800 to 1500 hours
Deadline for admission is May 1, 2017
Please click link for all details:  Paramedic Program 

SafeTec Training Services Edu. Ctr.  - Bensalem PA
The Difficult Airway Course
Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Please click link for all info:  Difficult Airway Course

St. Luke's University Health Network 
2017 EMT Refresher
March 1-3rd, 2017
Upcoming Events www.sluhn.org/emseducation


 Employment  Opportunity   

Eastern PA EMS Council
Region 2 TEMS 2017 Team Tryouts
The Region 2 Tactical EMS Team will be hosting tryouts for our Team May 20, 2017. There are several openings on the team and we would like to fill the positions soon and begin the training process. The Region 2 Tactical EMS Team is comprised of members of several EMS agencies that work in cooperation with each other to provide Tactical Emergency Medical Services to established Law Enforcement Tactical Teams with a response area that covers the Eastern half of Pennsylvania.

Basic Minimum requirements are:
3 years as a Pre-Hospital ALS Provider, PHTLS, ACLS, PALS

The testing/tryout will include a written evaluation, practical skill evaluation and physical fitness/agility testing. A panel interview by law enforcement representatives, current TEMS team leaders, TEMS Medical Directors and appropriate CISM Directors will be conducted during this period.

Anyone that is interested in applying for team membership, please contact Mike Sorrentino at mike@easternemscouncil.org for additional information.



Borough of Emmaus  2/9/17

The Borough of Emmaus has an immediate opening for a full-time Paramedic position. Position pays $23.15 per hour with excellent benefits. Successful candidate shall be a Pennsylvania-licensed paramedic or PHRN and shall have all updated certifications at the time of hire. Candidate shall have a valid PA driver license, HazMat Awareness course,    EVOC, at least two years' active, documented experience as an EMT, one year as a paramedic, or an equivalent combination. Job description and application can be found at www.borough.emmaus.pa.us/employment or at Emmaus Town Hall, 28 S. 4th Street, Emmaus, PA 18049. Application deadline is now extended to 12:00 PM on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Include copies of all certifications and background checks with application. EOE.

Exeter Township Fire Department 2/16/17
The Exeter Township Fire Department, Berks County, Pennsylvania is currently recruiting candidates for the position(s) of Part Time / Per Diem Firefighter/Paramedic and Firefighter/EMT.
The Exeter Township Fire Department is a combination department that provides Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services / Advanced Life Support transport.
FF/Medics and FF/EMTs provide staffing for 24/7 ALS 911 ambulances, and supplement fire suppression staffing when necessary.
Qualifications: Be at least 21 years of age with 3 years experience in a busy 911 service; must possess a high school diploma or GED; must be able to speak, read, and write the English language; must possess a valid Pennsylvania drivers License (at time of hire); must possess a valid Pennsylvania Paramedic or EMT Certification (or National Registry); must possess CPR certification; must possess Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification ; must possess Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification; and possess a current Hazmat Operations Certification. Pro Board Firefighter I certification highly desired and required within 1 year of Employment. Candidate must meet physical fitness requirements as established by the Department.
Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest along with current resume in PDF format to: Employment@exetertwpfire25.com or  hard copies sent via US Mail to:
Exeter Township Fire Department
Attention: Employment 
PO Box 3827, Reading, Pa. 19606
Hegins Area Ambulance Inc. 02/09/17
Hegins Area Ambulance Inc. Valley View PA, Schuylkill Co. is seeking to hire part time EMT's for weekdays and/or weekends. Minimum 1 year experience preferred. Interested persons should contact Hegins Area Ambulance at 570-682-3598. Or send resume to PO Box 678, Valley View PA  17983.
Regional EMS & Critical Care, Inc. 2/16/2017
We are hiring Paramedics for our Monroe and Pike County Stations!    
We are continuing to grow and expand into new areas! FT and Per-Diem Positions are currently open to Paramedics at our Snydersville and Pike county stations (Milford and Blooming Grove), both day and night openings available, 12-hour shifts. Primary 9-1-1 services at all three stations. Full time employees are eligible for medical benefits and PTO. Multiple other benefits are available to Full time and Per-Diem employees. Must have a valid driver's license, EMT-P or PHRN certification, EMSVO, ACLS, PALS, and be able to pass a physical, drug screen, and criminal background check. Paramedic/PHRN wages are based on experience and specialty certifications.  If you are hardworking, able to be trusted, dependable, and a motivated individual, apply to join our team today!  Send resumes to: hr@remscc.com, call 610-377-9027, or apply online at http://www.remscc.com/apply  EOE


02/01/2015 -

21st Annual Pocono EMS Conference

The Pocono EMS Conference is excited to announce its partnership with Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center to host the 21st Annual Pocono EMS Conference. Please refer to the following links for a sneak peak of the excitement 2015 holds for our conference attendees.



UPDATE: 2015

Important changes to ChildLine for 2015

I am pleased to let you know that, effective today, December 31, 2014, ChildLine is live with an online system!  This means that EMS providers are able to report suspected abuse or neglect, as well as obtain ChildLine child abuse background clearances, online. For further information, please visit: www.paemsc.org/resources


It is important to note that all EMS providers are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect.  To report suspected child abuse or neglect, a mandated reporter can now report in one of the two following ways:

  1. Via Phone

  • By contacting the Department of Human Services (formerly Department of Public Welfare) by calling ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313.  When you call, you will speak to a trained intake specialist who will interview you and guide you through the reporting process.

  • In addition to calling ChildLine, a reporter must also fill out the CY 47 form(http://www.paemsc.org/assets/files/CY47%20Form.pdf) within 48 hours of the report and submit it to the county Children and Youth Agency.  A fillable electronic version of the form can be found here (https://reportsuspectedabuse.com).

    By making a report online using the following link: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS 

Additionally, ChildLine child abuse background clearances can now also be obtained in one of two ways:

  1. By submitting the CY 113 (http://www.paemsc.org/assets/files/cy113.pdf) form via mail to the Department of Human Services' ChildLine Verification Unit.  The fee associated with the clearance must be paid by money order or business/agency check.  DHS does not accept cash or personal checks.


  2. By submitting online using the following link: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS.  Aside from allowing individuals to submit for clearances, the online system will allow organizations to set up business accounts to purchase child abuse history clearance payment codes and distribute those codes to applicants. When an applicant uses a code given to them by an organization, the organization will have access to the applicant's child abuse history clearance results once they are processed. 

The EMS for Children Program will be hosting a free informational webinar on Thursday, February 05, 2015 at 6pm discussing child abuse and will spend a few minutes discussing these new reporting options.  More information will be sent out early in 2015.  Attached to this email is an FAQ document regarding mandated reporters; please note that EMS providers are not required to complete mandated reporter training, though we strongly encourage it.  We recommend conducting training through the Pennsylvania SCAN EMS Program (http://www.pascan.org/edu_ems.html).


Please click link for information:ChildLine Info 


New OSHA Requirements for Reporting Worker Injury/Fatality

Employers under the federal jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will need to comply with new reporting requirements going into effect

January 1, 2015.


Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.


A graphic has been developed by OSHA to better convey the process and is attached to this message for your convenience.  OSHA's New Reporting 




Pennsylvania Dept. of Health Information Bulletin 2014-007

EVZIO Naloxone Auto-Injector Donation Update

EMS Agencies and EMS Practitioners

Please click link for bulletin:  Bulletin 2014-007 



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Employment Opportunities


Posted 11/21/2015 -


ALPINE MOUNTAIN SKI PATROL - Full Time / Part Time EMT/Ski Patroller for Monday - Friday Employment -

                                                      For additional information contact Patrol Director Sean Fassett -->  seanfass@optonline.net





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