Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2014 Vol. 61 No. 12

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

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:

  • Mike Elliott: division chief, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services
    Emergency Management and Jurisdictional Management in a Pandemic Event
  • Brent Hahn: chief, Kemah Fire Department
    MCIS: When Your Population Increases 100% in 12 Hours
  • David Lincoln: battalion chief, Leander Fire Department
    Crisis Mapping. Why Tweeting Your Disaster is a Good Idea
  • Richard Clinchey: CEO, Emergency Medical Resources, LLC
    Border Diseases: What you need to Know
  • Chris Moore: state and federal plans supervisor, Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Emergency Management in Texas
    Emergency Planning
  • Marty Penney: plans section coordinator, State Management Team, Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Emergency Management in Texas
  • Dan Walker: regional planner, Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Emergency Planning
  • Josh Roberts: district coordinator, Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Emergency Management in Texas
    Social Media in Emergency Management
  • Warren Weidler: search and rescue coordinator, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
    SAR in Texas: Local Solutions for Local Problems
  • Susan Vessell: emergency management liaison, Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Social Media in Emergency Management
Texas EMS Awards Luncheon

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.

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