EMS Leadership Conference

Saturday, February 9, 2o19 | 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

The North Country EMS Program Agency is hosting an EMS Leadership Conference. All current and aspiring EMS and fire agencies are invited to attend, regardless of location or if they are paid or volunteer services. 

Early Bird Registration: 12/4/18 – 1/8/19

Regular Registration ends 1/30/19

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About the conference

Whether you are a current Fire/EMS leader or an aspiring one, this is the conference for you! Understanding regulations and best practices surrounding EMS services can be complicated for volunteer, nonprofit, or commercial entities. Join us to learn the basics of regulatory compliance and leadership best practices.


Saturday, February 9, 2019

7:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Best Western University Inn
Laurentian Room
90 East Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

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7:30am – 7:55 am


7:55am – 8:00am


8:00am – 9:00am

You’re the Leader Now!

Dan Batsie, BA, NREMTP


Making the transition from EMS provider to service leader is a huge step and one fraught with difficulty and danger.  New leaders must quickly learn the statutory, financial, legal and human resource obligations necessary to keep a department afloat.  More importantly though, those leaders must rapidly develop a leadership style that addresses the needs of their most important commodity– their people.  This session will focus on developing those key leadership skills and will present a “quick start guide” for new leaders.  Particular focus will be given to inventorying leadership capabilities and developing personal leadership strategies.

9:00am – 9:30am

Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork!

Ann Smith, FDRHPO North Country EMS Program Agency Director


This presentation will help navigate the important state and regional paperwork that needs to be completed throughout your course as an agency leader. Compliance and timely submission of forms will help enable your agencies’ success. This session will provide you with a wealth of resources to help you navigate the labyrinth of regulatory paperwork for EMS agencies.

9:30am – 9:45am


9:45am – 10:45am

Enough about Patient Care! We Need to Run a Business as Well!

Douglas J. Wildermuth, NRP, BS, PC, CIC


Every year it is the same thing, “patient care comes first,” but with more and more ambulance companies closing their doors, when do we finally realize that there needs to be a line drawn in the sand? We are in need of everyone’s help (paid & volunteer) to run the ambulance company as a business. This session will enlighten you on the legalities, personnel problems and internal dynamics to make it work better for you and your agency!

10:45am – 11:00am


11:00am – 12:00pm

Consolidate Before it is too Late!

Lance Ronas, Founder, CEO and Director

Indian River Ambulance Service, Inc.


How to work with your neighboring agency to come together and solve a community problem. We’ll talk about the important discussions that need to take place and how to get the ball rolling to make a consolidation effort work for your community.

12:00pm – 1:00 pm


1:00pm – 2:15pm

So, They Put You in Charge of Training . . . Now What?

Douglas J. Wildermuth, NRP, BS, PC, CIC


It is always a challenge to understand what New York State expects of each agency in the EMS training world! Or better yet, do you know what is best to help your providers train? Come learn the agency requirements and re-certification process of your providers!

2:15pm – 2:30pm


2:30pm – 3:45pm

Non-Profit Compliance:  Procedures, Documentation, Bylaws and More

Andrew Marietta, Vice President
Regional Development

New York Council of Nonprofits


Good Governance:  Balancing Compliance with Practices that Work

3:45pm – 4:15pm

We are All Depending on You: How the Leaders of Tomorrow will Save EMS

Dan Batsie, BA, NREMTP



Looking into the future, EMS faces a wide array of challenges.  From reimbursement shortcomings to recruitment and retention problems there is no shortage of problems to fix.  But difficult problems are solved by innovators, disruptors and “boat rockers,” not by those who simply “do it the way it’s always been done.”  The challenges of the future will require a new crop of leaders who think outside the box and who aren’t afraid to create a new vision for EMS.  Are you one of those leaders?  This class will discuss why the recruitment and development of novel thinkers is essential to the survival of our industry.  More importantly, we will discuss how to develop leaders who possess the traits of independence, innovation, and agitation.

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Evaluations/Wrap Up

Speaker Bios

Dan Batsie

Dan Batsie is the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Vermont Department of Health. He has been a paramedic in New York, Maine, and now Vermont for more than 28 years. Prior to working in Vermont, he was a regional education coordinator for the Sate of Maine and administered the paramedic programs for Eastern Maine and Kennebec Valley Community Colleges.

Andrew Marietta

Andrew Marietta manages the CNY Regional Office based in Otsego County and its activities, serving as a resource for nonprofits in the region. He facilitates three Capacity Building Grant Programs. He provides support and administration for three Nonprofit Executive Directors Groups and the NY Nonprofit Executive Directors Network. His expertise is in the museum sector with a focus on marketing and fund development.

Lance Ronas

Lance Ronas spearheaded the idea and was founder of Indian River Ambulance Service. He lead the group that brought three ambulances from their fire companies into one not for profit agency, created the 501C3 company, and has worked with the community leaders to maintain successful EMS in three towns for eight years.

Ann Smith

Ann Smith has twenty years’ experience in the NYS emergency medical system. She is the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Agency North Country EMS Program Agency Director. Over the past 10 years she has worked with North Country EMS Agencies helping them navigate the labyrinth of regulatory requirements facing agencies.  Ann is currently a NYS Certified Instructor Coordinator and provides EMS education as an adjunct instructor with SUNY Canton. In her spare time, she continues to volunteer with Lisbon Fire Department and works with Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad in St. Lawrence County.

Doug Wildermuth

Doug Wildermuth has been employed by the New York State Police for 17 years. His passion for EMS started in 1992 and continues today at the instructional level in the Mountain Lakes Region. While maintaining his paramedic skills on local ambulances, he also continued his EMS ambitions in creating E5 Support Services, LLC. E5 is designed to help support local ambulance agencies in staffing, training and consulting. Doug is happily married for the past 18 years and resides in Queensbury, NY. He and his wife consume themselves with satisfying their daughter’s passion to ride horses and their two boys’ passion of playing hockey, which makes him very poor!

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Whether you are a current Fire/EMS leader or an aspiring one, this is the course for you!

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