Informational conference for EMTs,

ounty EMS Association will sponsor its second annual Patient's with Special Needs Conference this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Clinton County Office of Emergency Service, 16 Emergency Services Drive.

The conference is designed for emergency medical technicians and first responders in the local area, said association vice president Kent Faus, and is believed to be the only conference of its type outside of New York City.

"Our goal is to touch on patient's we deal with occasionally, but not on a consistent basis," said Faus. "Then, when we're called, we must try to recall the specific training we've received, if any, for this particular type patient."

The conference will feature six different speakers talking about topics which include care for patients with traumatic brain injuries, cystic fibrosis, dialysis, and those who are developmentally-disabled. Lectures will last from 40-70 minutes, with breaks in between, said Faus. During the breaks, tables are set up where participants can go for more information associated with the speakers presented.

"This has been a successful way of networking between EMS agencies, counties and several local businesses, vendors and associations," he said.

Faus added he expects between 40-60 EMTs to attend from areas including Plattsburgh, Malone, Ticonderoga and Montreal.

The conference has been free for two years, said Faus, thanks to the members of the Clinton County EMS Association. Lunch is also provided.

The association provides continuing education hours, which are needed by many responders, Faus noted.

Those interested in more information or attending the conference may contact Faus at 293-1469.

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