Texas EMS Conference
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) once again participated in the Texas EMS Conference in late November. The 2014 Texas EMS Conference was held in at the Fort Worth Convention Center from November 23 – 26.
TDEM staff from the Chief of Staff’s office, Preparedness and Field Response represented the division in the exhibit hall while rotating working shifts at the TDME 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 2015 Texas Emergency Management and Homeland Security Conference in San Antonio from May 12 – 15.
TDEM members at the conference 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. Participants packed the Emergency Management Roundtable with Chief Kidd to discuss and provide feedback about various emergency management topics and issues impacting Texas. Other presenters for the emergency management track included:
Chief Kidd served as the keynote speaker for the 2014 Texas EMS Awards luncheon. The awards luncheon honors persons or organizations for exemplifying the best in the EMS/trauma system. The luncheon also pays tribute to past and recent Texas EMS responders that have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The 2015 Texas EMS Conference will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas from November 22 – 25, 2015.