Norwich Township Fire Department 2023 Fall EMS Conference



0800 – 0830          Breakfast and Registration

0830 – 0835          Welcome

0835 – 0945          Effective Stress Management: Building Coping Skills and Addressing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout - Hannah Elmore

0945 – 1000          Morning Break

1000 – 1145          Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and Spine Motion Restriction – Joseph Mistovich

1145 – 1230          Lunch Break

1230 – 1345          Vital Signs Interpretation and Clinical Application to Pathophysiology of Conditions - Joseph Mistovich

1345 – 1400          Afternoon Break

1400 – 1545          Are You Liable – Bob Meader

1345 – 1600          Wrap up and CE Evaluations

Meet Our Speakers

Hannah Elmore is a clinical social worker serving first responders on the outreach team for the IAFF Center of Excellence. The IAFF Center of Excellence is a one-of-a-kind treatment facility specializing in PTSD for professional fire service members who struggle with trauma, substance use, addiction and other related behavioral health challenges. In this role, Hannah works with first responders by connecting them to behavioral health resources, providing education, and offering support. Hannah educates on behavioral health topics pertaining to the fire service and first responder communities to departments, peer teams, families and clinicians. Hannah received her master’s degree in social work and her bachelor’s degree in family and child sciences from Florida State University. Prior to joining the IAFF Center of Excellence team, Hannah worked in the social work field in various settings, including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL; the James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa, FL; and other healthcare and nonprofit agencies. Hannah is a certified IAFF Peer Supporter, is certified in Treating Fire Service Members in Behavioral Health Settings through the IAFF, has participated in Fire Ops, and has attended ride-alongs with fire departments over multiple states. Hannah dedicates each day to education and immersion into first responder culture to be a trusted resource for all.

Joseph J. Mistovich, M.Ed, NRP retired as the Chairperson of the Department of Health Professions and as a Professor at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio after 35 years of service on the faculty. His first 11 years he served as the EMS Program Director before becoming Chairperson of the Department. During his tenure as Chairperson, he continued to teach EMS courses every semester until his retirement. He is a member of the New Waterford EMS Training Center and the New Waterford Fire Department. He frequently teaches EMS education courses at the EMR, EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic levels and continues to speak at EMS conferences. He also continues to serve on professional boards and committees related to emergency medical services. While at Youngstown State University, he was the recipient of the Watson Award, Chairperson Leadership Award, and two Distinguished Professorship Awards in Teaching, a Distinguished Professorship Award in Research and Scholarship, and the first recipient of the Distinguished Chairperson Award for Excellence in Scholarship awarded for excellence in scholarship while serving as chairperson of a department. He received a Master of Education degree from Kent State University, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree in Allied Health and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Services from Youngstown State University. He has authored fifteen EMS textbooks and more than fifty EMS journal articles. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), which is the national accrediting committee for EMS programs, for more than eighteen years until recently retiring. He has also served on numerous National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) committees related to Department of Transportation national curriculum revision and was one of eight group leaders that developed the National EMS Education Standards. He served on many National Registry of EMTs projects where he continues to assist with special projects.

Robert H. Meader, Esq. grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. After high school Bob served four years in the U.S. Air Force in Security Police, followed by six years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Flight Medic. While on active-duty BOB obtained EMT, paramedic and the first of two OPOTA certificates. BOB volunteered as a police officer with the Village of Waynesville and at the Butler Township Fire Department [Ohio] as a paramedic-in-training. After his active-duty service, Bob worked for two and a half years as a paramedic at THE Ohio State University. He was a certified paramedic from 1987 – 2007.  In 1990 Bob joined Columbus, Ohio Police and worked in patrol as a Field Training Officer, Undercover with the Street Crime Attack Team, Legal Unit, Property Crimes Bureau, Training Bureau and the Communications Bureau. He retired in 2022 with thirty-one years of service. During his patrol service Bob worked eighteen years in patrol, all but one year in the inner city and ten of the eighteen on third shift. During the years on third shift, Bob completed both undergraduate and law degrees. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the Southern District Federal Court of Ohio. Bob is also an adjunct professor at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.


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