Mike Mastrianni, President 
1-877-NYS-VARA (697-8272) 


Thursday October 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT
Sunday October 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Crowne Plaza 
3 Executive Blvd
Suffern, NY 10901

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Pulse Check Conference 2013 

Representing New York's Community, Volunteer & Non-Profit EMS Sector

The New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization, active since 1939. Our mission is to promote the interests of the community volunteer and nonprofit EMS/First Responder/First Aid sector. Members include: independent volunteer ambulance companies, fire related ambulance services, college and school based EMS services, rescue and first response medical squads, as well as, combination services (volunteer/career) and individual members (CFRs, EMTs, AEMTs. and other emergency service providers). Organizational members are eligible to participate in the North Central EMS Cooperative, a discount equipment and service buying cooperative. Visit our website for more information and membership applications.

PULSE CHECK is NYSVARA’s highly recognized annual educational conference and trade show open to all (both members and non-members alike), featuring recognized seminar speakers and quality presentations. PULSE CHECK seminars and faculty have received high acclamations from attendees.
PULSE CHECK includes a trade show featuring vendors offering a selection of services and products for EMS, rescue and emergency services.

The Annual EMS Drill Skills Challenge is one of the highlights of PULSE CHECK. It features EMS teams consisting of both youth and adults from around our State testing their skills in unique EMS scenarios. It’s a great way to demonstrate skills and it’s fun to watch.

The Saturday night Banquet recognizes leaders in EMS throughout New York State, including individuals selected as EMT of The Year, Educator of the Year, EMS Unit of the Year, Leader of the Year, Civilian Star of Life, and many more. At the end of the banquet, our Annual Memorial Service recognizes and honors our deceased members and those who have passed from a Line of Duty incident.

What’s in store this year?

On Thursday, Pulse Check is continuing the successful (8 hour) BLS & ALS Core Content Pilot Refreshers Program. Pre-registration for the program is required.

Friday and Saturday, will feature three educational tracks, two Clinical and a Leadership/Management (administrative) track. Most seminars will be approved for CME credit. Sessions will be conducted for 1 or 1.5 hours.

Rather than segregating ALS and BLS, Pulse Check’s two “clinical” tracks will be open to all attendees, since many topics overlap between ALS and BLS.

The Educational Coordinating Committee consisting of Dr. Mike McEvoy and Rich Beebe, is developing sessions and assembling speakers.

Sunday’s program portion will close the conference with the popular “Three Wise Men,” featured seminar. The Association’s Board of Directors and committee chairs will also hold their customary meeting.

For further details and session titles, visit and check back for updates.

Also don’t forget the Annual Drill Challenge on Friday night, and the Presidential Reception, and the Annual Awards Banquet which includes the Association’s Annual Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony, and later entertainment on Saturday night.