Board Candidates 

President

Scott Sholes, BA, EMT-P: Scott began his EMS career as an EMT with the pre-hospital program at Mercy Medical Center in Durango, Colorado in 1979.  He has been active in both ground and aeromedical service as a paramedic. Currently Scott is the EMS Chief for Durango Fire & Rescue, coordinating and advancing the EMS program. He is actively involved at the regional, state and national levels in EMS, and is particularly passionate about promoting a safety culture. In his spare time Scott is somewhere outside.  His current volunteer service includes: President of the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado; Chair of the Southwest Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council; Chair of the La Plata County EMS Council; President of Heart Safe La Plata. 

 

 

Melody Mesmer: Melody is a Colorado native that has been in EMS since 1995 working in Rural/ Farm communities, Urban and Mountain medicine for both paid and volunteer agencies.  Melody is currently an EMS Coordinator for St Anthony Hospitals where she has worked for the last 12 years, where she offers EMS continuing education, quality improvement, initial education at the St Anthony Paramedic Institute, and Supervision at special events. Melody is also supported by St Anthony Hospitals for numerous Educational Outreach Offerings across the state, allowing for our rural providers to have access to no cost  continuing education.   

In 2016 Melody along with 3 friends, founded the organization Foundation 1023 which provides full funding and referral services for First Responders and family members to receive mental wellness care. In the 2 years since it’s inception, nearly 300 First Responder families across Colorado and Texas have received confidential care free of charge. 

Melody holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration and  has a black belt in The Inevitable Leader program. She is a certified Peer Support team member and has submitted application to become a  Peer Support Specialist. In her spare time Melody enjoys Jeeping an Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Melody has been the Region 2 Director for over 10 years and was on the Colorado State EMS Conference committee for 12 years, several of which were as the Conference Chairman.  Melody’s in depth EMS experience, vast knowledge of Colorado’s EMS and Trauma systems as well as her connections across the state will breed strength and a non-bias presence for the EMS Association in Colorado.

 

Vice President

Sean Caffery: Thank you for the privilege to serve our statewide EMS community as the Vice President of EMSAC.  As many of you know this is my second tour in the leadership of the association and I have enjoyed working with my fellow officers and the board. My background includes 30 years in EMS with 22 of those here in Colorado. My service includes leadership in both local and state level EMS organizations. By way of background I have been a paramedic since 1991, hold a Bachelor’s degree in EMS, and a Masters of Business Administration. I currently work for the University of Colorado School of Medicine as the EMS for Children Program Manager and am taking courses in public administration, nonprofit management and public health on the side. I also remain active in EMS as a part-time captain for Grand County. If granted another term as your Vice President I hope to make it my last though a strong focus on developing our next generation of EMSAC leaders. I also look forward to continuing to represent our professional interests at the state level and making sure EMSAC is constantly working to improve both the delivery of EMS, and the advancement our profession in Colorado. I appreciate your consideration. 

 

Region 2 Director: Foothills

Melody Mesmer: Melody is a Colorado native that has been in EMS since 1995 working in Rural/ Farm communities, Urban and Mountain medicine for both paid and volunteer agencies.  Melody is currently an EMS Coordinator for St Anthony Hospitals where she has worked for the last 12 years, where she offers EMS continuing education, quality improvement, initial education at the St Anthony Paramedic Institute, and Supervision at special events. Melody is also supported by St Anthony Hospitals for numerous Educational Outreach Offerings across the state, allowing for our rural providers to have access to no cost  continuing education.   

In 2016 Melody along with 3 friends, founded the organization Foundation 1023 which provides full funding and referral services for First Responders and family members to receive mental wellness care. In the 2 years since it’s inception, nearly 300 First Responder families across Colorado and Texas have received confidential care free of charge. 

Melody holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration and  has a black belt in The Inevitable Leader program. She is a certified Peer Support team member and has submitted application to become a  Peer Support Specialist. In her spare time Melody enjoys Jeeping an Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  Melody has been the Region 2 Director for over 10 years and was on the Colorado State EMS Conference committee for 12 years, several of which were as the Conference Chairman.  Melody’s in depth EMS experience, vast knowledge of Colorado’s EMS and Trauma systems as well as her connections across the state will breed strength and a non-bias presence for the EMS Association in Colorado.

 

Jeremy Metz: Jeremy Metz is the Division Chief of EMS for West Metro Fire Rescue (WMFR) in Lakewood (CO), and is proud to have been part of the fire and emergency services in Colorado for over 26 years. Jeremy began his career as a firefighter in the Colorado Air National Guard in 1992 and earned his certification as an EMT-B in 1993. He served as a firefighter/EMT in Grand County from 1994-1997. He graduated from St. Anthony’s paramedic program in 1996 and operated as a field paramedic in rural and urban settings prior to joining West Metro Fire and Rescue in 1998. During his career at West Metro, he has served as a paramedic field instructor, a special events medical supervisor a safety and medical lieutenant, a heavy rescue captain, and a district chief prior to his current assignment.

Chief Metz received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration from Colorado State University in 2008. In 2017, he graduated from the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy. His culminating work for the EFOP was an applied research project on an alternative EMS deployment model for West Metro Fire Rescue. Jeremy has also served as the chair of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Special Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment since 2013. Chief Metz is a member of the Arapahoe Community College Paramedic Education Advisory Board Program, Jefferson County Communications Center EMS Chief consortium, and is the management co-chair for the mobile integrated healthcare (MIH) strategic planning team (SPT) at WMFR.

 

Region 4 Director: Plains Peak

Jeff Force: Jeff has been active in EMS since 1985 as an EMT, paramedic, educator, and administrator. He holds a BA from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership from Capella University. Since 1997 has led different EMS Outreach and Education programs in the Pikes Peak Region including Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Pikes Peak Community College, and UCHealth-Memorial Health Services, where he is currently employed.  Over the years he had served on various boards and committees at the local, state, and national levels.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak Fire Fighters Association and the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado.

 

 

Region 6 Director: Southeast

Aaron Eveatt: Dedicated to the voice of rural providers for the past 25 years. Joined Fire-EMS service in 1992. Current Regional Director for the SE Region for CO State Fire Chief’s, EMSAC, Chair of the SERETAC and Otero 911 Authority Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Region 8 Director: San Louis Valley

Jon Montano: I have been in fire approx. 24 years and Ems approx. 20 , currently as an EMT-I for Monte Vista Ambulance Service , I also teach EMT classes for Trinidad State Junior College, and online Incident Command classes for Adams State College. I have been with RETAC approx. 15 years.

 

Region 10 Director: Western Colorado 

 

Daniel Barela: A paramedic since 1979, Danny's EMS experience has included working for both rural and urban systems, volunteer and paid, public and private.  He directed the Ambulance Service in Delta for 13 years.  He's been an EMS instructor for 30 years including six years as the Paramedic program director for CMU.  He served six years representing rural Colorado interests on SEMTAC.  

Currently, Danny is a flight paramedic for CareFlight, based out of Montrose, and the RETAC Coordinator for thenWestern Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council.  With his wife of thirty-five years, Patti, Danny enjoys pursuing all manner of outdoor and wilderness recreation that beautiful Western Colorado has to offer.

 

Tomorrow Is The Last Day To Apply For The 2017 EMS Conference Scholarship

Posted: August 30, 2017

The EMSAC scholarship will be used for registration for the Annual Conference and will include a one-year membership. Those receiving a scholarship will be requested to submit a report of their conference experience for the EMSAC Star. Applications must be received by August 31, 2017. The EMSAC Conference Committee will notify the scholarship winner(s) by September 30, 2017. Click here to apply today!

 

 

Register Early To Secure Your Spot In Cadaver Labs and Hands-On Skills!

Posted: August 24, 2017

Register Here

View the conference brochure.

November 2 - 5, 2017

Keystone Conference Center 

The Cadaver Labs and Hands-On Skills sessions have limited seating. Ensure your spot by registering today!

Cadaver Labs

  • PCAD 2 Cadaver Lab: Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a cadaver dissection led by a team of awesome, EMS-friendly physicians who love to teach. View the dissection of the cadaver and discuss the most common penetrating and blunt injuries to the internal organs. 
  • Cadaver Lab Abdominal: A visual tour through the abdominal cavity will review the external anatomy and internal structures including the stomach, liver, large and small intestines, and other solid and hollow organs.
  • Cadaver Lab Thoracic: This session will review the anatomy of the thoracic cavity.  
  • Cadaver Lab Brain Dissection: A visual tour through the cranial vault will review the external and internal structures of the skull and brain as well as parts of the spine and other nervous structures. During the session each participant will have a brain to dissect. *This session is limited to 25 people. Please register early.
  • Cadaver Lab Heart Dissection: Hands on dissection heart lab.

Hands-On Skills

  • PCAD4 Advanced Winter Driving for First Responders with Hands-on Training Michal Michalkow Advanced winter driving skills for First Responders including skid control, recovery, and avoidance will be presented. Other topics include: stressful handling of the vehicle, mental handling (how you make decisions), and vehicle dynamics (how you manage them).
  • Hands-On Skills St. Anthony Pre-Hospital ALS/BLS This session will be conducted by instructors from St. Anthony PreHospital Services. Sim-Man and other human patient simulators will be utilized to provide scenario based training in this hands-on skills lab. The goal will be to expose the participant to best practices in the management of high-acuity, lowvolume patients and improve his/her comfort level in providing care to these patients.
  • Hands-On Skills Flight For Life Colorado ALS/BLS Airway Lab Join the crews of Flight For Life Colorado for this hands-on, interactive ALS/BLS airway lab. This lab provides ample opportunity for the provider to practice good technique in airway control. Best practices in surgical crichothyrotomy, intubation, NPA/ OPA, supraglottic airway(s), and BVM ventilation will be covered.
  • Hands-On Skills Flight for Life Helicopter Safety and All That Kevin Keible of Flight for LIfe Colorado will lead this session which begins in the Castle Peaks classroom and ends with a tour of the helicopter in upper SW Tenderfoot parking area (weather permitting). Discussion will involve safe operations in and around the helicopter as well as utilization of air medical resources. 
  • Hands-On Skills Children’s Hospital ED Physicians Have you ever wanted to ask a Children’s Hospital ER Physician a question while delivering a patient, but it just wasn’t the right time? Here’s your chance to participate in scenario-based learning, headed by The Children’s Hospital ED physicians, in a fun, relaxed environment. Best practices will be discussed in the management of the acutely sick or injured pediatric patient.
  • Hands-On Skills HealthOne EMS High-definition simulation equipment will be utilized to provide scenariobased/real-time training in this skills lab. The goal will be to provide the participant with exposure to highacuity, low volume scenarios to improve his/her comfort level in treating difficult patient presentations.

Learn more about the sessions being offered at the 2017 EMS Conferece here.

Don't Miss Out On Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Register early to exhibit at the 2017 EMS Conference, it sells out every year! Learn more about exhibitor and sponsor opportunities. 

 

DJ Head

Conference Chair

Scott Sholes 

EMSAC President

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 303-317-6511.

 

Save The Date For The 2017 EMS Conference

November 2 - 5, 2017
Keystone Conference Center 
Registration Coming Soon! 

Plan now to attend the 2017 Colorado State EMS Conference. Combine your professional and personal goals and the finest in EMS education during a refreshing late fall in Keystone. You will learn techniques and information to improve yourself, your patient care, your EMS agency and your state’s EMS delivery system.

With the region’s largest exhibition of EMS products and service suppliers, this event will be Colorado’s EMS highlight of 2017. Don’t miss this chance to meet some of the finest in the EMS profession: your colleagues. More than just an annual conference, the 2017 Colorado State EMS Conference, where Education+Motivation=Success, will continue to be the standard by which other state EMS conferences are measured.

This year's keynote speaker is Jeff Evans. 

As a highly sought after speaker / facilitator with over 20 years delivering engaging and impactful keynotes to hundreds of clients, Jeff has made appearances at dozens of Fortune 500 companies around the world. Jeff takes the audience on a journey to high peaks around the globe, detailing his exciting endeavors as mountain guide, adventurer and philanthropist. These experiences have allowed Jeff to hone his skills of servant leadership, teamwork, communication and handling adversity which he shares in a way that is applicable to everyone in their business and personal lives. Learn more about Jeff and his story here

Learn about exhibitor and sponsor opportunities. 

Questions? Contact [email protected] or 303-317-6511.

 

2017 EMSAC Elections Are Now Open

Posted: May 5, 2017 

The EMSAC 2017 ballot is now open. The deadline to submit your ballot is Monday, May 15, 2017. The candidates for the election are listed below. You must be a current EMSAC member to vote.

Officers:

Secretary: Sharon Lowry

Treasurer: Chris Montera

Directors

Region 1 - Tony Wells

Region 3 - Sean Ellis

Region 5 - Jamie Woodworth

Region 7 - Tom Anderson

Region 9 - Dan Miller

Region 11 - Ken Rogers

Vote Today!
 
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