Education By The Sea 2020

EMERGICON presents Education By the Sea, in conjunction with the Port Aransas EMS Conference, May 6 – 8, 2020.

  • 16 Hours of DSHS CEs available
  • CADS class will be offered on Wednesday, May 6th
  • Hotel discounts
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • T-shirt and breakfast are included on conference days

Things to Remember

  • Dress is casual, as is the atmosphere!
  • The Conference is being held at the Port Aransas Community Center located at: 710 W. Avenue A, Port Aransas, TX 78373
  • Your entry fee of $100.00 per person is due at time of registration and is payable by credit or debit card.
    • Current EMERGICON clients will be provided reimbursement for 2 attendees after the event.
  • You will need to sign in at the front door and pick up your name tag.

Where To Stay

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals
307 Sea Isle Drive
Port Aransas, TX 87373
Silver Sands Vacation Rentals offers condos, townhomes, and houses for rent that are ideal for groups. Each rental comes with a golf cart for your use during your stay.

Silver Sands Vacation Rentals Website

If you would like to book a vacation rental for your group, email Shana Craine at and use promo code EBTS2020 to get the conference rate.

Amelias Landing | Rates starting at $81.31/night
105 N Alister Street
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Amelia’s Landing Website

Call Mary at Amelia’s Landing at: 361-749-5572  and mention “Education By The Sea” for the conference rate.

Holiday Inn Express| Rates starting at $89.99/night
727 South 11th Street
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Call 361-749-5222 and use code EBS for the conference rate.

Holiday Inn Express Website


Email with questions.

Featured Speakers

Headshot of Amanda Stark.Amanda Stark, Senior Attorney at Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC.

Amanda’s work for PWW includes representing private, public and non‐profit EMS agencies, billing companies and others that serve the nation’s
ambulance industry on reimbursement and compliance issues.

Amanda is a speaker on all‐things compliance as well as a variety of other topics at PWW’s signature abc360 conference series and other seminars and webinars. Amanda co‐developed and is now the main instructor for NAAC’s Certified Ambulance Compliance Officer Course. She is also one
of the authors of the Ambulance Compliance Program Toolkit and helps to develop many of the firm’s other articles, presentations, and programs that are widely used by EMS providers throughout the United States. Amanda is passionate about policies and enjoys helping clients implement and improve their compliance programs. To read Amanda’s full bio, click here.

Chief Officer Christopher Way, Kootenai County EMS, Idaho

Chief Christopher Way was appointed the Chief Officer of the Kootenai County EMS System in North Idaho on September of 2013.  Prior to his current position he served as an EMS Chief for a county in Southeast Kansas.  Chief Way attended Labette and Coffeyville Community Colleges for his EMS certifications and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Management from Mid America Nazarene University.

Chief Way has been involved in EMS since January 1992.  For over twenty-six years he has served, initially, as an EMT and EMT-I and then in 1994 became a paramedic.  As an EMT he served on a rural Ambulance service while becoming a paramedic.  After becoming a paramedic he was hired in a large metropolitan EMS System and served in several roles including; paramedic, field training officer, clinical instructor, tactical paramedic, and Operations Supervisor/Shift Commander. To read Christopher’s full bio, click here.

Stephen Rahm, NRP

Stephen Rahm is a paramedic, educator, and author. He is the Chief of the Office of Clinical Direction and Co-Chair of the Centre for Emergency Health Sciences (cEHS), located in Spring Branch, TX. Stephen has authored numerous EMS textbooks and is published in a number of journal articles and scientific posters. He teaches critical care procedural anatomy classes at the cEHS, as well as around the country, and is a regular presenter at state and national EMS conferences. Stephen remains active as a paramedic with Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS.

Bill Justice, NREMT-P, TEMS-I

F/F (ret), NREMT-P, TEMS-I
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 1978 in EMS and remains currently active with Fire-Rescue, EMS and Law enforcement.

He is currently a member of the NAEMT Board of Directors and Regional PHTLS/TCCC Coordinator, AHA Regional Faculty and multiple committee’s on Disaster Medicine.  Bill continues to assist local, state and federal law enforcement and military agencies with education and response operations.

Chief Scott Lail, EMT-P, FP-C, CFE

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 26 years, Scott continued to work both Fire and EMS as well as 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! Scott 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.

Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Medical Director

Dr. Jeff Jarvis is the EMS Medical Director for Williamson County EMS and Marble Falls Area EMS in Central Texas. He maintains a clinical practice in the ED 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 30 years ago, has worked in three states as a paramedic, and retains his active paramedic license today. He has served on multiple state and national committees to promote his profession including chair of the state EMS medical director’s committee as well as serving on the technical expert panel for the EMSAgenda2050 project. He teaches extensively and has authored multiple articles on EMS issues. His research interests include airway management and clinical performance measures. He is a proud father of two wonderful kids, a husband to a very patient wife of 27 years, and a loyal Texas Aggie. He maintains his fitness and what little sanity he has left by “running his crazy away”.


Senior Attorney Amanda Stark from Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC will lead the CADS session on Wednesday, May 6. There will be a 10-minute break following each session.

Wenesday, May 6

  • 7:00 a.m. – 8:29 a.m. Registration
  • 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast with Senior Attorney Amanda Stark
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. CADS Training (Lunch Provided)
  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 7

  • 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided, visit with Featured Speakers
  • 8:50 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Featured Speaker presentations (Lunch Provided)
  • 6:00 p.m Shrimp Boil on the Beach

Friday, May 8

  • 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast provided, visit with Featured Speakers
  • 8:50 a.m. – 2:05 p.m. Featured Speaker presentations (Lunch Provided)


Meet & Greet

Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m.

Please make time to join us at Treasure Island Bar for a Meet & Greet!

315 N. Alister St.
Port Aransas, TX 78373


Annual Seaside Bonfire & Shrimp Boil

Thursday, May 7th from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Join us at the annual Seaside Bonfire, now featuring a Shrimp Boil presented by Rollin’ Tide Boil Co. from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bring the family!

Sponsorship Information

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