2013 Annual
EMS Leadership Summit

EMS Collaboration - Success Through Partnership

Pre-Conference Session: October 11, 2013
Conference: October 12-14, 2013

The International Association of EMS Chiefs’ (IAEMSC) is pleased to announce the dates for the annual Leadership Summit, which will be held in Washington, D.C. on October 11-14, 2013. This year's event will once again be held at the Capital Hilton. The hotel has extended deeply discounted rates for attendees, so please take advantage of the registration code: EMS.

The annual Leadership Summit supports the association's goal of bringing EMS chiefs and leaders together in a forum to discuss common issues and projects while facilitating access to key federal officials and the attendee's Congressional representatives.

IAEMSC Immediate Past President Lawrence Tan
Former Special Assistant to the President Richard Reed
IAEMSC President William Sugiyama, IAEMSC member Dan Gerard at the 2010 IAEMSC Leadership Summit. Mr. Reed briefed the Summit attendees on the status of National Preparedness Policy development and the role of EMS.

The IAEMSC Leadership Summit brings together senior EMS leaders and middle managers from across the United States, as well as representatives from the international EMS community.

The program will feature cutting-edge presentations. We are in the process of finalizing the agenda, but the invited high-level speakers will present subject matter which will provide an unparalleled opportunity for EMS chiefs to improve their effectiveness in promoting and improving the public value of their services with government officials at all levels.

The Summit also includes updates on leading law and policy issues, as well as best practices impacting EMS administration and delivery systems. IAEMSC members continue to shape the program agenda by identifying topics that are deemed priorities to ensure their success as senior EMS leaders. The Summit also includes an exhibit hall featuring the latest in technology and services..


The IAEMSC is pleased to be hosting it’s popular pre-conference session on Friday, October 11th.  This session provides a special opportunity for in-depth discussions and sharing of experience among the participants and the IAEMSC leadership.

This year’s topics will help you thrive in the ever changing healthcare environment:

  • Social Media for EMS Organizations
  • Office of the Inspector General, Medicare: HIPAA Update
  • COOP Planning for EMS Finance, Budgets and New Business
  • Planning Public/Private Partnerships during Diasters and MCIs
  • Accountable Care Organizations and the Affordable Care Act
  • Data, Data, Data!

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The pre-conference session will be limited to the first 35 pre-conference participant registrations.  Reserve you seat and register now!



  • IAEMSC Members: $375.00
  • Non-Members: $475


Individuals renewing or purchasing their IAEMSC membership will receive a 10% discount on their conference registration.

Register - Members, Non-members, Pre-Confernece (member, non-member)

Registration for the IAEMSC Summit includes a continental breakfast, breaks and lunch on each day.


  • Welcome: Federal Collaboration
    Edward Gabriel, MPA, EMT-P, CEM, CBCP Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
  • Keynote: Moving from High Performance to High Reliability & Trust in Your EMS System
    Dr. Jay Fitch, Ph.D.
  • Overview
    David Miramontes, MD, FACEP, Medical Director, DC Fire
  • The Ramifications of Presidential Policy Directive #8
    Keith Holtermann, DrPH, MBA, MPH, RN
  • Boston Marathon Bombings: The Positive Effects of Planning and Collaboration
    Brendan Kearny, Superintendent in Chief, Boston EMS
  • The Harvard Experience
    Sponsored by Intermedix
    David Baldwin, EMS Chief, North Washington Fire Protection District (CO) Daniel Gerard, MS, RN, NREMT-P, EMS Coordinator, Oakland Fire Department (CA) IAEMSC
  • General Membership Meeting
  • Paramedic Chiefs of Canada – Update
    Darren Sandbeck, MA, ED, VP (Interim) EMS, Alberta Health Services President, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada
  • The Redesign of Toronto EMS – Implications for the U.S. and Beyond
    Chief Alan Craig (ret.), Toronto EMS; VP Clinical Strategies, AMR
  • Evidence, Moral Leadership and Systems
    Ben Podsiadlo, Director, EMS Quality, Education and Training, Virtua, Emergency Medical Services
  • Implementing Community Paramedicine – Lessons Learned: Panel Discussion
    Robert McCaughn, VP Prehospital Care Services, Allegheny Health Network Dan Swayze, VP/COO, Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania
    Alan Craig, VP Clinical Strategies, AMR
  • Regional Disaster Response to Hurricane Sandy Management/Labor Panel


  • Behind the Scenes VIP Tour - National Disaster Response System ASPR/Department of Health and Human Services – advance sign-up required Nominal transportation fees not included
  • Welcome Reception Buffet - 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Networking Dinner at La Perla Restaurant – Additional Fee to attend
  • IAEMSC Exhibit Hall – an opportunity to see the latest and the greatest!
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast and Luncheon Roundtable with Exhibitors
  • Exhibitor Sponsored Receptions
  • Congressional Visits

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) presents a perspective of EMS Advocacy from the other side of the table to the IAEMSC membership.

The Annual IAEMSC Summit is planned to facilitate attendees meeting with their Congressional representatives and staff. We highly recommend you begin working now to identify key Congressional staff with responsibility for EMS-related policy and legislative initiatives and schedule a meeting before your arrival to the Summit.

The scheduled Summit program will conclude at approximately 1300 hours on Monday, Oct. 14th to permit attendees to meet with their federal representatives and staff. Take advantage of this opportunity to advocate for EMS system support by taking time to meet with your federal representatives while in uniform. Advocacy is only effective in conjunction with an established and maintained relationship. The IAEMSC Summit is the perfect opportunity for follow-up on a previous visit, such as the "EMS On the Hill" event in May.

The Annual IAEMSC Summit draws senior EMS executives from the United States, Canada and other countries. Last year, our attendees were key decision makers for EMS agencies collectively responsible for providing EMS coverage to a population of over 17.5 million, made over 1.7 million emergency medical responses, and had operating budgets that exceeded $1 billion per year in purchasing EMS, medical and public safety related supplies and services.

Summit sponsorship provides an unparalleled opportunity to interact with an exclusive and diverse group of EMS leaders. Summit Sponsorship opportunities are assigned on a first paid-first assigned basis.

2011 Summit - President-Elect Bill Sugiyama thanks FEMA Deputy Administrator Richard Serino for his presentation.

Please contact the IAEMSC Chief Administrative Officer at CAO@iaemsc.org or call 415-999-5766 for further information on sponsorship opportunities or to register as an exhibitor. The IAEMSC Leadership Summit Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus is available HERE.

The Annual IAEMSC Summit will feature an exhibitor area throughout the meeting. Vendor space will be limited to 25 vendors with reservations being assigned on a first paid-first assigned basis. The agenda is planned to facilitate interaction between Summit attendees and participating vendors, including continental breakfasts, lunch, and breaks that are hosted in the exhibit area each day.

More information here or contact the Chief Administrative Officer: cao@iaemsc.org or call 415-999-5766 for further information or to register and reserve your space as an exhibitor.

The IAEMSC Summit provides critical information to senior EMS leaders with an excellent opportunity for professional collaboration and networking. The IAEMSC Annual EMS Leadership Summit is an opportunity for you to take time for an educational and professionally rewarding experience.