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2018-10-10 / News

EMS Conference Attracts Hundreds This Week

Nearly 400 EMS personnel will attend the 37th annual UP-EMS Conference in Marquette this week.

The Conference is Michigan’s most comprehensive educational program for rural emergency responders. Most of the Upper Peninsula’s 75 EMS organizations will have members attending, along with EMS personnel from throughout lower Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.

Sixty different emergency classes are offered during the four-day program, taught by more than 40 instructors. The Keynote Speaker on Friday is Kevin Sehlmeyer, the State Fire Marshall, speaking on “Attributes of Leadership.”

According to UP-EMS director Bob Struck, the conference is essential because it provides rural emergency personnel an opportunity to learn from leading experts, and to practice new skills and emergency techniques. For many, it’s the only source of obtaining education necessary to maintain their EMS licensure. Because of the widespread attendance, every community in the Upper Peninsula benefits from the conference.

UP-EMS is a Marquettebased non-profit organization that promotes the development of emergency medical resources throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan. The Conference is being held at Northern Michigan University, Thursday, October 11 through Sunday October 14.

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