January 23 – 24, 2019
Full Conference Sessions
January 25 – 27, 2019
Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
350 Harbor Dr
Duluth, MN 55802
Pre-hospital, first responder, & emergency/trauma providers.
Join our elected officials in a town hall style discussion about the current state and future of EMS.
“Decisive, Disciplined and Under Fire: A First Responder’s Experiences from the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival Mass Shooting”
Friday, January 25, 2019 | 8:15am – 9:45am
Glen Simpson – BS, AEMT
When first responders arrive for work everyday, especially EMTs and Paramedics, there is an expectation that very ill or injured people will call for their help, their care, medical treatments and transport to a hospital. What they don’t expect is to see hundreds of very injured or dying people all at once. This presentation offers sound counsel for mass gathering crowd safety and medic safety when hundreds are wounded or killed within minutes as experienced during the Las Vegas shooting. Glen Simpson, AEMT and special event director at Community Ambulance in Las Vegas, will share his story, on-scene experiences and his lessons learned about being decisive, direct and disciplined in putting the practice of ICS in motion when even he was personally under fire.
Glen Simpson oversees the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and operations in the special events division at Community Ambulance. In the entertainment capital of the world, Simpson has led the development and coordination of medical plans for new venues in Las Vegas, as well as major events like Rock in Rio, the Las Vegas Marathon, Electric Daisy Carnival and the Mayweather-Pacquiao “Fight of the Century.” Simpson previously served as Supervisor, Administrator and Special Events Manager for MedicWest and American Medical Response. His more than 15 years of experience in the field has focused on customer service, event management, operations, staff training, employee investigations and grievance hearings, performance evaluations, mentorship, and more.
“He’s Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: 1st Responder Suicide”
Saturday, January 26. 2019 | 8:15am – 9:45am
Kirk Hughes – RN, FF/EMT, CSPI
First Responders have a suicide rate 10x greater than that of the general population. This presentation will address emerging awareness of mental health and wellness of First Responders from the speakers perspective with over 25 years of Fire/EMS experience. A broad discussion of this emerging trend will occur and identify resources available for this population. The speaker’s personal experience with suicide of a close family member who was a career firefighter will be shared.
Kirk Hughes is a Registered Nurse working as a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and Education Director for the Minnesota Poison Control System since 2000. He has been a Firefighter/EMT for the last 24 years and current serves as a member of the City of Ramsey Fire Department and EMS training officer for Lexington Fire Department. He is also retired from the Brooklyn Park Fire Department. Kirk has also worked as an Investigator for the Hennepin Medical Examiner’s Office. He is a certified Advanced Hazmat Life Support Instructor, Hazmat Technician, and certified in Advanced Medical Life Support. He has been published in multiple publications including; The Journal of Perinatology and The Journal of Clinical Toxicology.