Nearly 500 EMS personnel will be attending the 35th Annual UP-EMS Conference in Marquette this week.
The conference is Michigan’s most comprehensive educational program for rural emergency responders.
Most of the Upper Peninsula’s 75 EMS organizations will have members attending, along with EMS personnel from throughout Lower Michigan and Northern Wisconsin.
70 different emergency classes are offered during the four-day program, taught by over 50 instructors.
According to UP-EMS Director Bob Struck, the conference is essential because it provides rural emergency personnel an opportunity to learn from leading experts and to practice new skills and emergency techniques.
For many, it is the only source of obtaining education necessary to maintain their EMS licensure.
Because of the widespread attendance, every community in the U.P. benefits from the conference.
The conference will be held at Northern Michigan University Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2.
UP-EMS is a Marquette-based non-profit organization which promotes the development of emergency/medical resources throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan.