Hobart and William Smith will again host the annual Finger Lakes Regional Emergency Medical Service (EMS) conference. During the two-day event, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, area emergency responders will convene in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center for workshops, conferences and guest lectures, including the keynote address by Arthur Romano, deputy director of Greenwich EMS in Connecticut.
The pre-conference workshops and events will be held on Friday, with the keynote speaker and additional workshops on Saturday. The conference is sponsored by the Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council in cooperation with HWS EMS, a volunteer, student-run organization advised by HWS Trustee Dr. Jeremy Cushman ’96.
Since its founding by Gibson McCullagh ’11 in 2008, HWS EMS has staffed a steady group of about 30 student members who respond to on-campus medical emergencies 24-hours-a-day throughout the academic year. Supervisors work 24-hour shifts throughout the week while non-supervisory EMTs work 15-hour shifts while also balancing a full course load and extracurricular activities.
Operating out of the EMS house at 420 Pulteney Street, HWS EMS adheres to the EMT Basic Curriculum of New York State with all members certified through the Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council in Geneva.
John Hillenbrand ’17, an EMS lieutenant, helps train new members and prepares them to step into leadership roles.
“As I am nearing the end of my time with EMS I have to say that it has not only helped me build relationships within the community, but also with my fellow EMTs and members who I now call my best friends,” says the sociology major who plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Contact EMS@hws.edu for more information.