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Where in the World of EMS Is A.J. Heightman? In Charlotte, North Carolina.

JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman is spending the week in Charlotte, North Carolina at planning meetings for the 2018 EMS Today Conference & Exposition.  In addition to meetings, the committee will also be selecting conference speakers from the over 700 proposals submitted.

While in Charlotte, A.J. is  also spending time on the streets with MEDIC crews doing ride-alongs. MEDIC is one of the most recognized high-performance EMS systems in the country with 38-40 vehicles on the road at peak times.

MEDIC is currently in the process of constructing a new headquarters facility.  When completed it will be one of the largest EMS headquarters and vehicle facilities in the world. 

In addition to all of the administrative and quality assurance personnel and CMED communications staff, the new headquarters facility will feature a logistics area for all vehicles to be restocked and ready for service when crews arrive at the beginning of their shift, a separate wash bay facility, a separate and expanded maintenance facility and a brand new simulation center that will have additional simulation rooms and stages as a part of it. 

Today A.J spent some time in the current simulation lab, which is full fidelity. Crew enter via an elevator and can then be directed into an actual living space that  features a full living room and bathroom with medications and other objects a crew would find on a normal call. Everything is filmed and critiqued through a control center that is in another area.

At the 2018 EMS Today Conference, there will be a full-day pre-conference workshop on simulation held in this new state-of-the-art facility.  You won’t want to miss it!

Watch for updates on A.J.’s adventures and exciting things being incorporated into the 2018 EMS Today Conference in beautiful Charlotte.