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Jul 11
Emergency responders invited to Flat Rock EMS Conference


Emergency responders will have the opportunity to brush up their skills through a combination of classroom and hands-on training next month. 

North Platte Community College will host the annual Flat Rock EMS Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on NPCC's South Campus. 

The conference is open to emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire fighters, nurses, mid-level practitioners and physicians. The training is free and provides seven hours of continuing education to emergency medical responders and nurses. 

Participants will train on the Incident Command System in the morning, then will utilize what they learned in a mock large-scale mass casualty incident. Actors posing as patients will be moulaged, and first responders will be responsible for triaging, treating and transporting the patients to a mock hospital where intra-facility participants will have an opportunity to re-triage and re-treat the patients. 

"We are very excited for this year's conference," said Alex McConnell, the college's EMS/CPR coordinator. "Our goal is to increase not only department cohesiveness, but also that of first responders and the facilities to which they transport. The Flat Rock EMS conference is unique in that we provide a conference completely free of charge to the participants, including training, meals and continuing education certificates. It is an opportunity for MPCC and all of our sponsors to show our appreciation for and support of emergency responders." 

All day attendance is required. 

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, but pre-registration is necessary for the meals. The Business and Community Education department at the college is accepting registrations at: (308) 535-3678 and

In addition to the college, sponsors for the conference include: Great Plains Health, LifeNet North Platte, North Platte Fire Department and Priority Medical Transport.

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​