Education By The Sea 2022
May 4-6, 2022
Port Aransas Civic Center
in Port Aransas, Texas

EMERGICON presents Education by the Sea 2022, in conjunction with the Port Aransas EMS Conference on May 4-6, 2022.

Pre-registration starts Nov 15th – closes April 15th. Limited walk-up registration available.

  • 16 Hours of CE Available
  • Compliance and Documentation Day with Steve Wirth, May 4
  • Evening, family-friendly activities
  • T-shirt with pre-registration
  • Walk-in registration for $150, if available
  • Hotel discounts available
  • Casual attire, family friendly
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Event Registration

Registration is now closed for 2022.

There will be limited walk-up registrations available at the event.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, May 4
Speaker: Steve Wirth

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast with Steve Wirth
09:00 – 9:50 Top 10 Documentation Mistakes Ambulance Providers Make – and Supervisors Overlook
10:00 – 10:50 Should We Put That in Writing? Better Yet, What Should We Do About It?
11:00 – 11:50 Got a Minute? The Roving Compliance Hotline
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (Provided)
12:40 – 13:30 The Five Habits of Highly Compliant EMS Agencies
13:40 – 14:30 “Unimpeded By Progress” – Seven Sacred Traditions That are Holding us Back
14:40 – 15:30 Do You Like Lawsuits? The Top Six Things to Do If You Want to Get Sued – And How to Avoid Them!
19:00 Head to the Meet & Greet at Treasure Island Bar sponsored by Siddons-Martin


Thursday, May 5

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast with the Speakers
09:00 – 09:50 “Be Where Your Feet Are; Building Your Own Resiliency”, Scott Lail
10:00 – 10:50 Trauma Vignettes (Trauma Update), Bill Justice
11:00 – 11:50 Time Sensitive Emergency, Developing an Inclusive System to get The Right Patient, To the Right Place, In The Right Time, Chris Way
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch (Provided)
12:40 – 13:30 Bleeding Edge Medicine: Tales From The Literature, Dr. Jeff Jarvis
13:40 – 14:30 Well Nuts! Procedural Errors and Why They Occur, Stephen Rahm
18:00 Head to the Shrimp boil sponsored by Siddons-Martin


Friday, May 6

08:00 – 08:30 Breakfast (provided)
08:30 – 09:20 Lessons Learned in Cardiac Arrest Care, Dr. Northeim
09:30 – 10:20 “Getting engaged… how and why it matters”, Brent Smith
10:30 – 11:20 CHAOS, Leadership through a Disaster, Chris Way
11:30 – 12:20 Effective Leadership Communications, Rachel Williams

Featured Speakers

Stephen R. Wirth
Attorney and Consultant

Steve Wirth is a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth. In a distinguished fourdecade

public safety career, Steve has worked in virtually every facet of EMS – as first responder, firefighter, EMT, paramedic, flight paramedic, EMS instructor, fire officer, and EMS executive. He was one of central Pennsylvania’s first paramedics. Steve brings a pragmatic and business‐oriented perspective to his diverse legal practice – he served for nearly a decade as senior executive of a mid‐sized air and ground ambulance service, helping to build the company from the ground up.

Steve is a dynamic and sought‐after speaker at regional, state and national conferences on a variety of EMS law and public safety subjects. He has authored many articles and book chapters on a wide range of EMS leadership, reimbursement, risk management, corporate compliance and workplace law topics. A contributing writer for JEMS, (where he serves on the editorial board), EMS1 and EMS World, Steve has co‐authored the highly acclaimed and popular compliance manuals and video training programs produced by PWW. He enjoys teaching and is an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh EMS degree program.

Steve is a past chair of the Panel of Commissioners for CAAS, the national ambulance accrediting body. He serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation, the National EMS Memorial Service, and is an active participant in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride – the “Muddy Angels.” A space exploration enthusiast, Steve serves on the board of trustees of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, created by the Mercury astronauts. He is a life member of the Nippenose Valley Fire Co. near Jersey Shore, PA, where he started his public safety career at age 16 as a junior firefighter and later served as Deputy Fire Chief. Steve was an active firefighter/EMS practitioner with Hampden Twp. Fire Rescue until he recently “retired” as Safety Officer. Steve was the recipient of the prestigious James O. Page Leadership Award in 2013.

Steve and his wife Jill enjoy boating, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and spending time with family – including their two grandsons, and their golden retriever, Piper.

Stephen J. Rahm, NRPChief Stephen Rahn, NRP
Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS

Stephen J. Rahm, NRP is an educator, author, and lecturer whose career in EMS spans more than 35 years. Chief Rahm currently oversees the Office of Clinical Direction at the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences and manages all clinical efforts within Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services.

Stephen is a prolific author, with numerous textbooks, EMS certification exam preparation tools, videos, and articles published to his credit. Additionally, he is named on multiple journal articles and scientific posters. He is the Centre’s Co-Chair and is a respected faculty member in procedural and anatomical programs, multilead ECG interpretation, and more.

Chief Rahm is a frequent speaker at local, regional, state, and national conferences, where he presents on a wide variety of emergency medicine related topics.

Bill Justice NREMT-P, TEMS-IBill Justice NREMT-P, TEMS-I
Deputy Chief
Special Operations

Associate Director, University of Oklahoma, Department of Emergency Medicine
Center for Pre-Hospital and Disaster Medicine
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Special Operations Division
US Marshals Task Force
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Team

Bill is a frequent educator at regional, national and international conferences. His user-friendly approach to emergency management topics provides a relaxed and interactive atmosphere for all participants. His background started in 1976 in EMS and remains currently active with Fire-Rescue, EMS and Law enforcement.

He is currently a Regional PHTLS/TCCC Coordinator, AHA Regional Faculty and active on multiple committees related to Disaster Medicine.  Bill continues to assist local, state and federal law enforcement, fire service, hospitals and military agencies with education and response operations.

Brent Smith, Interim CEO/EMS Director Hopkins County Hospital District / Hopkins County EMSBrent Smith EMT-P
Interim CEO / EMS Director
Hopkins County Hospital District / Hopkins County EMS

Brent has been active in EMS for over 28 years in Texas. He is the CEO and EMS Director for Hopkins County Hospital District which operates Hopkins County EMS in Northeast Texas.

Brent comes from a diverse background and models of EMS, from private for-profit non-emergency to non-profit hospital-based emergency 911 and governmental EMS.

This diversity in EMS from the field as a paramedic to CEO of a Hospital District has positioned Brent to serve as the President of the Texas EMS Alliance, Texas largest EMS provider trade association.

Also, Brent is very active in the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, serving as a Task Force Leader and has been on numerous state disaster deployments in various leadership roles since the inception of the EMTF program.

Brent is the past chair of the Northeast Texas Regional Advisory Council on Trauma (TSA-F). He served as the EMS Committee Chair for over 10 years and the RAC Chair for the previous two-year term.

He is very passionate about quality prehospital care and the management of patients. Brent believes the best way to move EMS forward in Texas is to develop the future leaders of EMS, promote organizations to cultivate and develop strong EMS clinicians while maintaining a positive enjoyable environment.

Chief Scott LailChief Scott Lail
Cleburne Fire Department

Scott began his EMS career in 1992. Shortly after his arrival into pre-hospital medicine, he became a Firefighter with the City of Cleburne, Texas. With his love for education, Scott became the EMS educator for his Fire Department and other local agencies in need. He also joined Tarrant County College in Fort Worth as Adjunct EMS Faculty.  In 1999, Scott became a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.

For over 30 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and EMS as well as Flight. He promoted through each rank, including EMS Chief and is currently the Cleburne Fire Department Fire Chief, a certified Master Firefighter, and still serves as an EMS Instructor with the Fire Department.  He recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years of service as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite.  Scott still holds his Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C) certification, and still maintains his flight status just in case! Scott has lectured at state, national, and international conferences with a reputation as a dynamic speaker. He also appeared in an episode of “Miracle Detectives” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Justin R. Northeim D.O.Dr. Justin R. Northeim
Emergency Medicine, BEST EMS Medical Control Director

NCTTRAC EMS Committee Co-Chairman, Integrative Emergency Services
Baylor Scott & White Health System

Dr. Northeim’s medical career began in the field of EMS at age fifteen dispatching and eventually working on a paramedic 911 ambulance for Life Care Ambulance Service in Cleveland, OH.  He completed an externship with Metro Life Flight, Cleveland, OH. He attended Bucknell University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology/Spanish.  He graduated from TUCOM—California with his Osteopathic Medical Degree and subsequently completed his Traditional Year Internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Emergency Medicine Residency at Michigan State University.  He received his Board Certification in Emergency Medicine.  After residency, he worked for HealthEast Care System in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and then moved to the DFW area where he worked for Questcare Partners.  He became a executive partner at Questcare and served on their board.  While at Questcare, he served as the Medical Director for several EMS agencies in Denton County.  He joined Integrative Emergency Services seven years ago who provides emergency physician staffing for all of the Baylor Scott and White, John Peter Smith and CHI St Luke facilities and is the BEST EMS Medical Control Director.  BEST EMS now serves as the Medical Control entity for twenty-four agencies in Texas. Dr. Northeim also serves as the NCTTRAC Medical Director Chairman, NCTTRAC EMS Committee Co-Chairman and is the Medical Director of North Central Texas College’s EMT/Paramedic program. He was also the 2021 Medical Director of the Year, State of Texas.

Dr. Jeff Jarvis
EMS Medical Director, Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls EMS

Chief Medical Officer, FlightbridgeED

Dr. Jeff Jarvis is the EMS Medical Director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS in Central Texas as well as the Chief Medical Officer for FlightbridgeED. He maintains his clinical practice at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas. He is board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He began his career in EMS over 34 years ago, has worked in three states as a paramedic, and retains his active paramedic license today. He teaches extensively and has authored multiple articles on EMS issues in both peer-reviewed and industry journals. His research interests include airway management and clinical performance measures. He discusses EMS research on his podcast “EMS Lighthouse Project Podcast” and looks forward to hearing comments or feedback on Twitter @DrJeffJarvis.

Rachel WilliamsRachel Williams
Vice President of Client Services, EMERGICON

Rachel is the Vice President of Client Services at EMERGICON. Rachel originally supported EMERGICON in a Client Development role and has recently returned to help guide Client Services. Rachel is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with more than 15 years of experience in communications, consulting and client experience. She is a member on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Healthcare Innovation, serving as the Marketing Chair. Rachel has spoken at events, both in person and virtual, around the country to topics ranging from intergenerational teams, leadership communications, building business cases and storytelling.

Christopher E. Way, BA, ParamedicChief Officer Christopher Way
Kootenai County EMS, Idaho

Christopher Way has been an emergency service professional for 30 years. Chief Way transitioned to Kootenai County Fire and Rescue as the Fire Chief in May of 2020 after serving as the Chief Officer for the Kootenai Count EMS System for the previous seven years.

Chief Way came to Idaho from Kansas where he served in Fire and EMS roles in urban, sub-urban and rural settings. He was an EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and now has been a licensed paramedic since 1994 as well as a certified Firefighter. Throughout his career he has held different ranks culminating most recently in his promotion to Fire Chief.  He also has significant experience in disaster management at the local, state and national level.

In addition to his full-time role as Fire Chief he is involved at the local, regional, state and national level in advocacy and leadership for emergency services.  He is a regular speaker at national conferences and in his spare time Chief Way and two partners own an Emergency Medicine education and consulting company.

Passionate about emergency medical care, Governor Brad Little selected Chief Way to be the Chairman of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council in May of 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations and maintains all of his Fire and EMS licenses/certifications.  He regularly donates time to his community, serves local non-profit organizations and is involved in his children’s many activities.

Chris and his wife Jennifer live in Hayden, Idaho with their two daughters and four Labradors.

2022 Sponsorships

Opens Nov 15th and registration for sponsorship ends Feb 15th this year

Silver Sponsorship
(1 available)


  • Exhibitor display 6 ft table with 2 chairs
  • Shared on-site signage during event
  • Organization name listed as sponsor on event website
  • Name, title, and organization name for all attendees


Southwest Ambulance



All benefits of Silver Level plus:

  • Exclusive signage for food sponsorship during lunch break
  • One daily live podium mention/commercial and recognition (3 total)
  • Organization logo on the event website

Meet & Greet Party / Shrimp Boil Party Sponsorship

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Where to Stay

We are pleased to recommend the following lodging options and have negotiated special conference rates when you mention the promo codes.

Holiday Inn
Use code EMT

Port A Escapes
You can call or use online code EMERGICON2022

To reserve a golf cart call Bron at Bron’s Beach Carts to receive a special rate

Ready to join us?

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for 2022, please email