KEMSA Volunteer Survival Workshop

June 20, 2020 | 8:00-5:30 PM | Garden City

Despite 20 years of dire warning about the imminent collapse of the system, volunteers are approaching the 90-year mark as the foundation of America’s Emergency Medical Services. Over 60 percent of EMS providers volunteer, answering over half of the nation’s 911 medical calls (geographically)- as much as 90% in rural frontier states. But for many agencies, the struggle to remain viable is very real, and the future remains uncertain. Join Nancy Magee as she challenges assumptions, outdated traditions, and practices that are not working, and explores ways to create buy-in for new ideas, innovation and a successful redesign of the volunteer EMS model.

View the full schedule and session descriptions here.


Clarion Inn
1911 E Kansas Ave.
Garden City, KS 67846
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$60 – KEMSA Members  |  $85 – Non-Members
Lunch Provided, Breakfast provided with a hotel room stay


All registrations will be taken online. You will have the option to pay with credit card or you will automatically be emailed an invoice that you can turn in for payment. All registration fees are due on or before June 10.  If you don't pay by June 10, your spot will be forfeited.

Make sure to login for the member price.

If you need to register more than one person, just add a guest registration for each additional person you want to include. Then you will get one invoice for everyone.  Or if you are registering someone else, go to the registration form and substitute their information for your information that it fills in.

  • Registration Deadline:
    June 10
  • Payment Deadline:
    June 10 (ALL payments are due by this date)
    If you don't pay by June 10, your spot will be forfeited.
Refund/Cancellation Policy
A refund, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be granted ONLY if cancellation is received in writing in the KEMSA office by 5 pm on June 10. No refunds or substitutions will be made after June 10.


Register using the link below before June 10, 2020.



  • 7:00 – 8:00 am Registration
  • 8:00 – 8:30 am Introduction - History and evolution of EMS, where we are today, what the future may hold.
  • 8:30 – 10:30 am Everything you “know” about recruitment and retention of EMS volunteers… is wrong!
  • 10:30 – 10:45 am Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 pm Jurassic EMS
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch (Provided)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm  “Let Me Sing You the Song of My People”: Effective Public Relations Strategies for Volunteer Agencies
  • 2:00 – 3:30 pm  Running Lean: Doing More With Less, Data Collection and the New Medicare Cost Survey, Demonstrating the Value of Volunteer Time
  • 3:30 – 3:45 pm Break
  • 3:45 – 5:30 pm Who’s in Charge, and Why?: Leadership, Management and Accountability for the Volunteer Agency
    Discussion, SWOT Analysis and Action Plan Development
View full session descriptions here.


Nancy Magee, NREMT, LA EMS-I, has been active in volunteer EMS for 20 years. As a self-employed business owner and consultant for 25 years and as an EMT, AEMT, instructor, field supervisor and Director of Marketing and Client Relations for an EMS Management Service Organization, Nancy combines marketing savvy and management perspective with a volunteer’s heart. Her workshop series, “Redesigning Volunteer EMS-A Volunteer Survival Guide,” is aimed at helping volunteer EMS agencies overcome fiscal, leadership, and recruitment and retention challenges.

She is the author of the rural EMS column  REDESIGNING VOLUNTEER EMS. featured on Her blogs on volunteerism, professionalism and ethics can be found on her website at MEDIC Training She is a dynamic and passionate educator and advocate for EMS volunteers and has presented at EMS conferences across the country.

A Connecticut native, Nancy now resides in rural Louisiana and teaches EMR, EMT, EMS Instructor and CE classes both through her education company MEDIC TRAINING SOLUTIONS and for Ace4 EMS, the education division of the Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance, rural first responders and volunteers.

Her Podcast, Redesigning Volunteer EMS will go live spring of 2020. Details can be found on the MEDIC Solutions Facebook page.

Contact Nancy:
Facebook- MEDIC Solutions
Twitter @VolleyEMSNancy


Rooms are the attendee's responsibility.  KEMSA has reserved a hotel block for Friday, June 19 if you want to take advantage of group pricing. 

Clarion Inn
1911 E Kansas Ave.
Garden City, KS 67846

Room rate: $92/night + taxes
Group: Kansas EMS Association
Room block deadline: June 5, 2020

For reservations call the Clarion Inn at 620-275-7471.

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