North Country

EMS & Fire Leadership Conference

“A FIREFIGHTER’S GEAR WORKS BEST WHEN THERE IS A STRONG EDUCATION UNDERNEATH IT”

Robert E. Kerr, St. Lawrence County Deputy Coordinator Training Chairman, Norfolk Board Fire Commissioner, Fire Chief-CFO-Retired

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When & Where

Friday, January 31, 2020

Pre-Conference Session & Mixer

Saturday, Feburary 1, 2020

Full day of sessions

The Inn at Gran View

Marco Sunset Room 

6765 NY 37

Ogdensburg, NY 13617

1-800-392-4550

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Friday, Jan. 31st Topic Presenter
7:00 – 8:00 PM Listening Tour – Come Meet with the New Director of the Bureau of EMS Ryan Greenberg, Director, Bureau of EMS
8:00 PM Mixer
Saturday, Feb. 1st Topic Presenter
7:30 – 7:55 AM Registration Staff
7:55 – 8:00 AM Welcome Ann Smith, Director, FDRHPO North Country EMS Program Agency
8:00 – 9:00 AM Why We Dread Going to Work: 10 Leadership Lessons from the Worst Emergency Services Supervisors Dan Batsie, BA, NREMTP
9:00 – 10:00 AM Confronting Controversy Doug Wildermuth, NRP, BS, PC, CIC
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Diversity in Emergency Services Thomas Tarbox, Education and Professional Development, Crouse Health
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Finding your Leaders: How to link Strategic Promotion to Organizational Success Dan Batsie, BA, NREMTP
12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 PM Poll Everywhere Doug Wildermuth, NRP, BS, PC, CIC
1:45 – 2:45 PM Usig CQI to Improve Overall Patient Outcomes Michael E. Bagozzi, Deputy Chief / Investigator, NYS DOH Bureau of EMS Central Regional Office
1:45 – 2:45 PM
Fire Break Out
An Officer’s Guide to Effective Training Patrick O’Brien, State Fire Instructor (1717), Assistant Chief, Massena Fire Department
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 3:45 PM Avoiding the HIPAA Police Tom Zecher, Director of Health Information Technology, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization
3:00 – 3:45 PM
Fire Break Out
ABCs of Fire Ground Communication Robert Kerr, St. Lawrence County Deputy Coordinator/Training Chairman, Norfolk Board Fire Commissioner, Fire Chief CFO – Retired
3:45 – 4:45 PM Panel Discussion All Presenters
4:45 – 5:00 PM Evaluations / Wrap Up

View the Conference Schedule

Friday, Jan. 31st Topic Presenter
7:00 – 8:00 PM Listening Tour – Come Meet with the New Director of the Bureau of EMS Ryan Greenberg
8:00 PM Mixer
Saturday, Feb. 1st Topic Presenter
7:30 – 7:55 AM Registration Staff
7:55 – 8:00 AM Welcome Ann Smith
8:00 – 9:00 AM Why We Dread Going to Work: 10 Leadership Lessons from the Worst Emergency Services Supervisors Dan Batsie
9:00 – 10:00 AM Confronting Controversy Doug Wildermuth
10:00 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:15 AM Diversity in Emergency Services Thomas Tarbox
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Finding your Leaders: How to link Strategic Promotion to Organizational Success Dan Batsie
12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 PM Poll Everywhere Doug Wildermuth
1:45 – 2:45 PM Usig CQI to Improve Overall Patient Outcomes Michael E. Bagozzi
1:45 – 2:45 PM
Fire Break Out
An Officer’s Guide to Effective Training Patrick O’Brien
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 3:45 PM Avoiding the HIPAA Police Tom Zecher
3:00 – 3:45 PM
Fire Break Out
ABCs of Fire Ground Communication Robert Kerr
3:45 – 4:45 PM Panel Discussion All Presenters
4:45 – 5:00 PM Evaluations / Wrap Up

Speaker Bios

Ryan Greenberg

MBA, FACPE, NRP, EMD, Director, NYS DOH Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Ryan Greenberg has spent the past nearly 20 years working in EMS from EMT to Chief of EMS. Ryan has focused his career on building hospital-based EMS systems across the northeast while always remaining an active Paramedic, Fire Fighter, Educator and EMS Advocate. Ryan received his undergraduate degree from Babson College, his Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University and post graduate certificate from Columbia University. Ryan is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the National EMS Management Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Paramedic Executives.

Dan Batsie

BA, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic

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 State of Maine and administered the paramedic programs for Eastern Maine and Kennebec Valley Community Colleges.  

Tom Zecher

BA, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic

Thomas Zecher is the Director of Health Information Technology for Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and Compliance Officer for North Country Initiative and Healthcare Partners of the North Country.  He additionally serves as the Privacy and Security Officer for the Organizations.  He received Board Certification in Corporate Compliance from the Healthcare Compliance Certification Board and is Certified as a Health Information Security Leader from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.   Tom spent fifteen years in the Fire Service and EMS as a provider for both paid and volunteer services.  He is a national presenter, who most recently spoke at the 2019 Wave EMS conference in Austin, Texas.  He continues to advocate for EMS on the local and state levels, and support EMS agencies in his region. 

Michael E. Bagozzi

Deputy Chief / Investigator, NYS DOH Bureau of EMS Central Regional Office

Michael E. Bagozzi is the Deputy Chief of Operations/Investigator for the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems. A Paramedic for over 17 years, Michael was previously employed as a Critical Care Transport Paramedic for the University of Maryland, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma, Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), before returning to New York and taking on the position of an agency Director of Training. Michael has spoken at local, regional and national conferences on EMS Training and Leadership.

Doug Wildermuth

NRP, BS, PC, CIC

Doug Wildermuth has been employed by the New York State Police for 18 years and is currently stationed at the Queensbury Barracks. His passion for EMS started in 1992 and continues today at the instructional level with the State Police, the University of Vermont Elizabethtown Hospital Paramedic Program and in the Mountain Lakes Regional EMS Council. While maintaining his paramedic skills on local ambulances in the region, he also continues his EMS ambitions by leading E5 Support Services, LLC. E5 has been supporting local volunteer ambulance agencies in staffing, training and consulting for 10 years. Doug is happily married for the past 18 years and resides in Queensbury, NY with his three kids, 2 dogs and 2 horses.

Thomas Tarbox

Education and Professional Development

Thomas Tarbox is an education and professional development coordinator for Crouse Health. Tom has presented at international and local conferences on topics ranging from adult education, leadership, change, and diversity. 

Patrick O'Brien

Assistant Chief, Massena Fire Department State Fire Instructor (1717)

Patrick O’Brien is a 26-year veteran of the fire service in New York State. He currently serves as the training officer and assistant chief of the Massena Fire Department, a 72-member combination department in Northern New York. A civil engineer by trade, he also works part-time for the St. Lawrence County Office of Emergency Services as a county fire instructor as well as the New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control as a state fire instructor. He currently serves as a member of the St. Lawrence County Fire Advisory Board and as Vice-Chairman of the St. Lawrence County Fire Training Center.

Patrick O'Brien

Assistant Chief, Massena Fire Department State Fire Instructor (1717)

Patrick O’Brien is a 26-year veteran of the fire service in New York State. He currently serves as the training officer and assistant chief of the Massena Fire Department, a 72-member combination department in Northern New York. A civil engineer by trade, he also works part-time for the St. Lawrence County Office of Emergency Services as a county fire instructor as well as the New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control as a state fire instructor. He currently serves as a member of the St. Lawrence County Fire Advisory Board and as Vice-Chairman of the St. Lawrence County Fire Training Center.

Robert E. Kerr

St Law Co Deputy Coordinator Training Chairman, Norfolk Board Fire Commissioner

Chief Kerr is a north country native and currently lives in Norfolk, where he has lived for nearly 50 years. He and his wife Lee have been married for 43 years and they have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Chief Kerr started his fire service career as a firefighter in the United States Air Force in 1974.  His 45 years of service include 40 years of service in the Norfolk Volunteer Department, where he served as Chief. He served 25 years as a career firefighter at Fort Drum where he retired after serving 10 plus years as Chief. Chief Kerr is a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has designation as a Chief Fire Office-CFO. In 2005 he was selected as Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association Fire Chiefs Federal/Military Section. He holds associates degrees in Fire Science and Liberal Arts. He holds Pro Board certification in Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspections II, Fire Investigation, Aircraft Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician. Chief Kerr has completed numerous NYS courses.

What keeps Chief Kerr busy these days? He serves as Chairman of the Norfolk Board of Fire Commissioners. He is also Chairman of the St Lawrence County Fire Training Center. He is Deputy Coordinator for training in St Lawrence County and member of the fire advisory board. He is a member of NYS Fire Chiefs Association and St Lawrence County Fire Chiefs Association. Lastly Chief Kerr serves as a member of the Northern New York Garrett Loomis Community Foundation. As for hobbies he likes to read and stay current with changes occurring in the fire service. He enjoys going to his camp and time spent with family and friends.

Robert E. Kerr

St Law Co Deputy Coordinator Training Chairman, Norfolk Board Fire Commissioner

Chief Kerr is a north country native and currently lives in Norfolk, where he has lived for nearly 50 years. He and his wife Lee have been married for 43 years and they have 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Chief Kerr started his fire service career as a firefighter in the United States Air Force in 1974.  His 45 years of service include 40 years of service in the Norfolk Volunteer Department, where he served as Chief. He served 25 years as a career firefighter at Fort Drum where he retired after serving 10 plus years as Chief. Chief Kerr is a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has designation as a Chief Fire Office-CFO. In 2005 he was selected as Fire Chief of the Year by the International Association Fire Chiefs Federal/Military Section. He holds associates degrees in Fire Science and Liberal Arts. He holds Pro Board certification in Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspections II, Fire Investigation, Aircraft Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician. Chief Kerr has completed numerous NYS courses.

What keeps Chief Kerr busy these days? He serves as Chairman of the Norfolk Board of Fire Commissioners. He is also Chairman of the St Lawrence County Fire Training Center. He is Deputy Coordinator for training in St Lawrence County and member of the fire advisory board. He is a member of NYS Fire Chiefs Association and St Lawrence County Fire Chiefs Association. Lastly Chief Kerr serves as a member of the Northern New York Garrett Loomis Community Foundation. As for hobbies he likes to read and stay current with changes occurring in the fire service. He enjoys going to his camp and time spent with family and friends.

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