Frequently Asked Questions

Sponsored by
EMS West and Western Regional EMS Inc 1002 Church Hill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15205 412/494-5572

General Information

EMS Update 2020 was to be held March 26-28 and was cancelled due to Governor Wolf's Emergency Declaration.

EMS Update 2021 is scheduled to be held March 25-27, 2020. We are proud to have Western Regional EMS Inc. as the sponsor and producer of this event. WREMS is a non-profit organization devoted to sponsoring educational activities on behalf of EMS West.

Every class counts toward continuing education requirements for EMRs, EMTs, AEMTs, Paramedics, PHRNs, PPHEs and PHPs as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Continuing education credits also may be applied to EMS certifications from other states. Check with your state agency. Additional information on the con-ed credits is available in each class and at the registration desk.

The expanded exhibition area is open to conference attendees and the general public at no additional cost.


Registration for EMS Update 2021 will be available in 2021. Sorry, but we cannot hold any spaces.


The EMS West Board of Directors chose to have a committee develop the educational programming for EMS Update 2021. Committee members include: Douglas Garretson, Paul Colligan, Miles Darby, Diane Fitzhenry, Nora Helfrich, Chris Hendershot, Richard Kaufman, Jonathan Madaras, Thomas McElree, Gregory Porter, Rodney Rohrer and Dr. Richard Wadas.

All classes are filled in the order in which paid registrations are received.
Class schedules and faculty are subject to change. WREMS reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment.
WREMS does not permit auditing of classes.


Tuition for EMS Update usually includes: continuing education credit where approved, class materials, refreshment breaks, lunches as scheduled and tickets to social events as provided in course descriptions. Tuition does not include hotel accommodations, activity fees at Seven Springs, or admission to exhibitor-sponsored social events.


Seven Springs famous breakfast buffet is usually included in your hotel reservation if you stay at the resort. Complimentary beverages are provided each morning of the conference for a limited time in the registration area. Lunch is provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for those attendees registered for classes. You will receive a ticket in your registration materials for the lunches. Seven Springs has several restaurants, snack bars and pizza parlors throughout the resort. You can purchase additional tickets at the EMS Update registration desk for your friends and family.
During the conference, refreshments are provided during morning and afternoon breaks.

Note that lost tickets for lunches WILL NOT BE REPLACED. There are also no refunds for tickets to the lunches.

Note: Seven Springs security will check all IDs at all entertainment venues at the resort. Attendees must show proper identification to be permitted entrance. Seven Springs prosecutes those people misrepresenting themselves or producing false and/or altered identification. Undercover security agents monitor the social events for persons buying and supplying alcohol for minors.


EMS West has applied for the maximum continuing education credits from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.


The Welcome Session features morning refreshments, general conference announcements and opening remarks from EMS West, and the director of the Bureau of EMS, Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Keynote Presentation is the highlight of the conference!


The exhibit area, located in Exhibit Hall, will feature manufacturers and suppliers of state-of-the-art EMS and public safety equipment, services and apparel.