Republican Valley EMS Conference (CANCELED)

EMS symbol of snake around pole in crossSaturday, March 28, 2020 
Arapahoe High School
Arapahoe, Nebraska

7.5 CE Hours

Registration closed/conference canceled

Conference Location 

The Conference will be held at the Arapahoe High School, located one block north of the Hwy 283 / Hwy 6&34 junction. 


$40 (postmarked on or before Tuesday, March 24)
$50 (postmarked after Tuesday, March 24 or for walk-ins)

Continuing Education 

For attendance at each session, participants will receive Continuing Education stickers to affix to their Certificate of Training card, which will be provided in the registration packets.

Name Badges and Meals 

The name badge provided in your registration packet is required for admission to all scheduled classes and meals at the Conference. Lunch and snacks will be provided. 


Participants are requested to fill out the evaluation questionnaire in the registration packet and return it to the registration desk before leaving.

Agenda and Session Schedule

7 - 8 a.m. Registration 
8 - 9:30 a.m. General Session One: Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies - T. Dalton
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break 
9:45 - 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions: 
Pediatric Fever, Seizures,Sepsis - T. Dalton
Chem Spills/Grain Bin Entrapments - T. Klein
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. General Session Two: Focus on TacMed - C. and S. Jacobus 
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (Lunch is provided) 
1:30 - 3 p.m. General Session Three: Crowd Incidents - C. and S. Jacobus 
3 - 3:15 p.m. Break 
3:15 - 4:45 p.m. General Session Four: RTF: Putting It All Together - C. and S. Jacobus 

Session Descriptions

Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies

This presentation reviews anatomical development of the pediatric patient and compares those changes to differences in assessment findings. These are then related to the pediatric assessment triangle. Video clips of pediatric patients with stridor, respiratory distress and respiratory failure are also included and discussed. Treatment and explanations of why treatments may or may not work are reviewed as well.

Pediatric Fever, Seizures and Sepsis

This presentation relates assessment findings to the pediatric patient who is dehydrated and possibly septic. Febrile seizures and what is worrisome and what is not are also discussed. We’ll end with several case studies.

Responding to Chemical Spills and Grain Bin Entrapments

Responding to an accident in a farming community poses risks unique to our profession. We will discuss common agricultural chemicals that may be encountered during a response, what to look for and how to protect yourself and your patient. We will also discuss grain bin entrap-ments, which can pose a unique rescue scenario, particularly if the patient requires EMS interventions during extrication.

2020 Focus on TacMed: Superior Medicine in BAD Places

The 2020 updated training of our EMS providers providing excellent care as a Rescue Task force. We are charged by NFPA as well as the White House, Department of Justice and International EMS to be trained for tactical response. This is our 2020 view of the MUSTS that have to be an integral part of our weekly and monthly drills. The battle-field is now OUR streets. The “casualties” are in OUR towns. We must train to WIN!

Responding to Crowd Incidents: CCP and Zones

Casualty movement, SALT-START, and Casualty Collection Point (CCP) application.

RTF: Putting It All Together

Application of the Direct and In-Direct threat management skills leaves us with the CCP actions and what we must be ready for in the Warm and Cold Zone. This is the ACTION part of the morning presentation. We move, carry, drag, while providing hemorrhage control, move to better cover, take MORE actions and move the casualty to EVAC plat-forms. Take home actions for constant practice “until you can’t forget it.”


Twink Dalton

Twink Dalton began her career as a Registered Nurse at Immanuel Medical Center and has been active in emergency medicine and EMS ever since. She is a well-known author and presenter in EMS. She retired from the Mountain View Fire District in January 2019, where she had been the EMS Director for 12 years.

Terry Klein

Terry Klein, NREMT, is a member of Beaver City Rescue.

Dr. Craig Jacobus

Dr. Jacobus has been in active in the field of EMS since 1975, beginning as an EMT, moving to Paramedic in 1977 and physician in 1983. He has taught trauma and tactical courses to national and international audiences for over 40 years. He presents courses nationally and is a member of the Metropolitan Community College EMS Program’s full-time faculty. One of his trauma mottos, “How can we win, if you don’t play?” brings the ACTION to our learned skills.

Susan Jacobus

Susan Jacobus has been in EMS for over 30 years as a field practitioner and NAEMT/AHA instructor. She began in the early years of Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) for the Behlen First Response Medical Team. Susan soon completed EMT, then further completed both AEMT and paramedic training. Susan has been an active instructor of PHTLS/AMLS and was part of the first instructor cadre’ from PHTLS to train at Fort Sam Houston to bring TCCC to the civilian EMS sector. She has taught TacMed locally and nationally.


For more information about the Conference, contact Joe Helms at 308-962-4094 or Central Community College, Holdrege at 308-995-8133. You can also email Diana Watson at In case of emergency during the conference, call 308-962-4094.