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Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2016 Vol. 63 No. 12


The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) participated in the 2016 Texas EMS Conference. The conference was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas from November 19 – 23.

TDEM personnel represented the division in the exhibit hall while rotating working shifts at the TDEM booth. Each person played a critical role by talking with and answering questions from conference attendees about the emergency management cycle, TDEM's role in the state, organizational structure, and services available to local jurisdictions. Many attendees also walked away with valuable reference materials and a reminder to join TDEM and learn more about emergency management at the 2017 Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio from May 16 – 19.

TDEM conference attendees had the valuable opportunity to attend specific emergency medical services workshops that are unique to the conference. The emergency management track was coordinated by TDEM and included several staff members that presented workshops. Approximately 50 attendees packed the Emergency Management: Open Discussion workshop with Chief Kidd to discuss and provide feedback about various emergency management topics and issues impacting Texas. Other TDEM presenters for the emergency management track included:

Shari Ramirez-MacKay: State Coordinator, Regional Disaster Finance Program, TDEM
What Public Health and Medical Agencies / Organizations Need to Know about Disaster Recovery Finance

Warren “Country” Weidler: ESF-9 Coordinator, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
ESF-9 in Texas

Chuck Phinney: State Coordinator, Preparedness, TDEM
Emergency Planning for Public Health and Medical Organizations

Russell Marshall: Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team (TEMAT) Coordinator, Field Response, TDEM
The New Texas Emergency Management Assistance Team

Lynn Burtschell: Life Safety Manager, Life Safety, TDEM
So You Decided to Put "Rescue" on Your Unit, Huh?

Chief Kidd spoke to conference attendees during the 2016 Texas EMS Awards Luncheon. The awards luncheon honors persons and organizations for exemplifying the best in the EMS and trauma systems in Texas. The 2016 Texas EMS Award winners are:

  • EMS Public Information/Injury Prevention Award
    El Paso Fire Department
    El Paso
  • EMS Educator Award
    Robert Atripaldi, BCOR, EMT-P
  • Trauma Center Award
    CHI St. Joseph Health Regional
  • EMS Administrator Award
    Division Chief Ricky Reeves
  • EMS Air Medical Award
    Cook Children's Teddy Bear Transport
    Fort Worth
  • EMS Medical Director Award
    Neal J. Richmond MD
    Fort Worth
  • EMS First Responder Award
    Forney Fire Department
  • EMS Citizen Award
    Catie Wiedenhofer
    San Angelo
  • EMS Provider Award
    Somervell County Fire & EMS
    Glen Rose
  • EMS Persons of the Year Award
    Sam Schuleman, LP
    Basilio Moreno III, EMT-P
  • Outstanding Regional Advisory Council Award
    Panhandle RAC
  • GETAC's Journey of Excellence Award
    Chief Vance Riley
  • GETAC's Lifetime Achievement Award
    Kathryn C. Perkins, RN, MBA

The luncheon also pays tribute to past and recent Texas EMS responders that have lost their lives in the line of duty. This year, Daniel Hampton, EMT, Burnet was inducted to the Texas EMS Hall of Honor.

The 2017 Texas EMS Conference will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, from November 19 – 22, 2017.

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