Education By The Sea 2021 (May 5-7)


EMERGICON presents Education By the Sea, in conjunction with the Port Aransas EMS Conference on May 5 – 7, 2021.

Conference Details
16 Hours of CEs available
CADS class on Wednesday, May 5
Walk-in registration for $125, if available

Conference Location
Port Aransas Civic Center
705 W Avenue A
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Pre-registration for the 2021 event is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available for $125.
Thank you for your interest.


If you are a current client, we are pleased to provide you with 2 complimentary registrations for the full conference and additional registrations at $50 per person. Client verification will be required and confirmed post-registration to validate your passes.

  • Limited seating
  • On-site check-in and name tags will be at venue entrance
  • Hotel discounts available
  • T- shirt with pre-registration
  • Casual attire, family friendly atmosphere
  • Any relevant COVID-19 protocols will be followed

For any questions, please email or call 866-839-3671.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, May 5: Pre-Conference Session

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast (provided)
09:00 – 15:50 CADS Workshop with Steve Wirth Lunch (provided)
19:30 Meet & Greet at Treasure Island Bar (7:30 pm)


Thursday, May 6: Port Aransas EMS Conference

08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast (provided)
09:00 – 09:50 Trauma Vignettes, Bill Justice
09:50 – 10:50 Ambulance Safety: Can You Afford Not To?, Fire Chief Christopher Way
10:50 – 11:50 Normal vs. Special Needs: Let’s Redefine Normal, Chief Scott Lail
11:50 – 12:30 Lunch (provided)
12:30 – 13:30 Getting the Patient to Like You: It Begins with Taking Care of Yourself, Steve Wirth
13:30 – 14:30 The Weather is Great!  Why Won’t That %$^$$# Helicopter Fly?!?, Randy Endsley
18:00 Shrimp Boil (6:00 pm)


Friday, May 7: Port Aransas EMS Conference

08:00 – 08:30 Breakfast (provided)
08:30 – 09:20 Cardiac Arrest 360, Chief Stephen Rahm
09:20 – 11:20 Blood in the Streets, Chief Stephen Rahm
11:20 – 12:20 Leadership & Attitude: Not a Rank, Fire Chief Christopher Way
12:20 – 13:20 Roundtable Discussion: Military Medicine & What the Battlefield Has Taught Street Medics, MAJ Adrienne Stovall, Chief Scott Lail, Bill Justice
13:20 – 13:30 Closing Comments

Featured Speakers

Steve Wirth Esq., EMT-P, founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC

Our CADS training will be presented by Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P, one of the nation’s leading EMS attorneys. Steve is a founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC, the key source of legal information for ambulance industry and EMS providers nationwide. He is a lifelong EMS provider (since age 16) and one of central Pennsylvania’s first Paramedics.

Steve is a dynamic and sought-after national speaker on a wide range of EMS, fire, and medical transportation issues and has presented for such large groups as EMS Today, FDIC, EMS Expo, American Ambulance Association, and many state and regional EMS conferences. He has conducted hundreds of dynamic and engaging hands on workshops and seminars for all types of fire and EMS organizations. He is a past chair of the Panel of Commissioners for CAAS, serves on the board of the Pennsylvania EMS Providers Foundation, and is an active “Muddy Angel” participating with the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride.

Steve is an author and co-author of many articles and texts on EMS documentation, EMS liability, workplace law, and ambulance compliance issues. He serves on the editorial board for JEMS, The Journal of Emergency Medical Services and is a contributing writer for several well-known EMS publications, including JEMS, EMS Insider, EMS World, and EMS1. Steve has been active in EMS and the fire service his entire adult life – so he can “boil down” complex legal concepts into practical strategies you can use. He recently “retired” from the field after more than four decades of service but remains a life member and certified firefighter and EMT with Hampden Twp. Fire Rescue in Mechanicsburg, PA, a busy suburban department.

Bill Justice, EMTP, TEMS, NREMT-P, OHP/USMS Task Force, F/F (ret)

Bill Justice 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 EMS background started in 1978, and he remains currently active with Fire-Rescue, EMS, and Law enforcement.
He serves as the Associate Director at the University of Oklahoma Department of Emergency Medicine, Center for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.

He is a member of the NAEMT Board of Directors and a Regional Prehospital Trauma Life Support and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (PHTLS/TCCC) Course Coordinator, a member of the American Heart Association (AHA) Regional Faculty, and active on multiple committees for Disaster Medicine.

He is a Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) operator/instructor for the US Marshals Task Force, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Special Operations Division, and Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Team. Bill assists local, state, and federal law enforcement and military agencies with education and response operations.

Randy Endsley, BSN, CFRN, CEN, LP, CMTE, Chief Medical Officer, HALO- Flight Inc

Born in Beeville, Texas and raised in Corpus Christi, Randal Endsley has a wide array of experience within the medical field beginning with his service in the US Air Force from 1989 until 1996. He obtained his EMT basic, firefighting experience, and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, followed by becoming a Registered Nurse in 1996. He attained a bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2020. Randy’s background in nursing includes Level II trauma center Emergency Dept. and Neuro/Surgical Intensive Care Units from 1996-2012.

Randy joined HALO-Flight in 1999 and was promoted to Chief Medical Officer and Chief Flight Nurse in 2002. He currently manages a staff of 20 Registered Nurses and Paramedics and 4 helicopters responding to emergencies via helicopter in a 16-county region. He continues to fly in a clinical position as well. He holds additional national certifications as a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Flight Nurse, Licensed Paramedic, and Certified Medical Transport Executive.

Fire Chief Christopher Way, Kootenai County Fire & RescueFire Chief Christopher Way, Kootenai County Fire & Rescue

Christopher Way has been an emergency service professional for 28 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, suburban and rural settings. He was an EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and 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 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.

Chief Stephen Rahm, NRP – Centre for Emergency Health Sciences

Chief Stephen J. Rahm, NRP is an educator, author, and lecturer with more than 35 years of experience in EMS. He currently serves as Chief, Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair, Centre for Emergency Health Sciences, Healthcare Innovation and Sciences Centre, and manages all clinical efforts within Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services.

He has authored numerous textbooks, EMS certification exam preparation tools, videos, and articles, and is named on multiple journal articles and scientific posters. He is the Centre’s Co-Chair and faculty member in procedural and anatomical programs, as well as Multi-Lead ECG interpretation.

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.

Chief Scott Lail, EMT-P, FP-C, CFE, Cleburne Fire Department

Chief Scott Lail 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, Chief Lail 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, Chief Lail became a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite in Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas.

For more than 28 years, he continued to work concurrently for Fire, EMS, and Flight. He is currently the Fire Chief, a certified Master Firefighter, and an EMS Instructor with the Cleburne Fire Department as well as a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C). He recently “hung up his wings” after 19 years as a Flight Paramedic with CareFlite, though he still maintains his flight status just in case! Chief Lail has lectured at state, national, and international conferences with a reputation as a dynamic speaker. He also recently appeared in an episode of “Miracle Detectives” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

MAJ Adrienne Stovall, CRNA, MSA, AN, USAR, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center

A native of Port Aransas, MAJ Adrienne Stovall began her career in medicine in the CVICU at Baylor University Medical Center Dallas upon graduation from Baylor School of Nursing in 1996. From there she expanded into Emergency Medicine as an ER nurse and Paramedic. In 2000 she became a Flight Nurse for CareFlite where she worked until 2007 when she graduated from Texas Christian University with a Master’s Degree in Nurse Anesthesia.

While earning her master’s degree, she commissioned into the United States Army Reserves where she still serves today. MAJ Stovall has completed 4 overseas deployments to include 3 combat deployments to Afghanistan as a member of a Forward Surgical Team. Her last 2 deployments to Afghanistan have been under the Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan Command working as a part of a 5-person GHOST Team in direct support of Special Operations.

MAJ Stovall continues work full time in anesthesia at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth and as the Assistant Chief CRNA. In addition to her Army career, she is Adjunct Faculty at Tarrant County Community College in the Emergency Medical Services Division.

Where To Stay

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

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals | Visit website

Condos, townhomes, and houses ideal for groups

To book, email Shana Craine at

Promo code: EBTS2021

Holiday Inn | Visit website

Call and speak to Melanie at 361-749-5222.

Promo code: EMS

Alister Square Inn | Visit website

Call 361-749-3000

Promo code: EBTS2021

Sponsorship Details

We wish to extend a special thank you to our Education By the Sea sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Ready to join us?

If your organization is interested in joining our event as a sponsor, we invite you to view the options and register online. This annual conference provides a way to:

  • Connect with decision makers: Fire Chiefs, EMS Chiefs, and other EMS decision makers
  • Contribute to the experience: Ample time for conversation and brand visibility
  • Increase ROI: Well-regarded annual conference known for quality education and attendees