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Nearly every EMS agency, whether public or private, is feeling the pressure of having to deliver increased service for ever fewer dollars. EMS executives like you need innovative solutions and best practices that work ... equally important, you need ideas that can be implemented now.

That’s why Fitch and Associates created Pinnacle, an enriching leadership forum where you can learn from presenters with real-world experience, facing challenges and budget constraints just like yours. You will come away from Pinnacle both inspired and armed with tools you can put to use your next day on the job. Pinnacle is also a great opportunity to network with senior-level EMS leaders from across North America.

This one-of-a-kind event will be held July 31 - August 2, 2006 at the Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL, just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport on the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.During this three-day session, you will learn:

* the importance of best practice performance standards and how to
interpret them
* how to motivate and lead a decentralized team
* how to monitor, measure and improve performance when it comes to
deployment strategies
* how to balance the workload among your crews in real-time
* how to develop and implement a real-world work schedule that takes
into account what employees really value
* measuring and improving engagement/satisfaction of the workforce
* how technology is shaping the way we achieve success, from
geospatial resource management to distribution and concentration to
standards of coverage
* the determining factors in deciding to have single, multiple or
completely decentralized start stations, as well as how to decide
which features should be included in facilities
* managing logistics and fleet issues in deployed systems
* how to effectively triage 9-1-1 callers to reduce responses, in a
manner that is both clinically sound and legally defensible

...and more

Download the Pinnacle 2006 brochure (PDF)

Keynote Debate
Well-known and respected EMS author and educator Brian Bledsoe, DO, thinks it’s a myth that System Status Management (SSM) can reduce response times and improve patient care. Equally respected EMS educator, author and consultant Mike Taigman, has worked with SSM and dynamic deployment models for nearly 20 years - and disagrees. The two have been debating the topic privately for years. Now, for the first
time, they will take the stage together to air their differences in public. Hear for yourself the arguments for and against, and judge the evidence each brings to bear. Be prepared to enter the debate with questions and comments of your own. This keynote debate should not be missed!

An Unparalleled Setting
All events are held at the legendary Don CeSar Beach Resort, located on the island of St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Pampering generations of guests from around the world, the Don CeSar is renowned for its sprawling, sugar-white beaches, unparalleled dining, award-winning meeting space, rejuvenating Beach Club and Spa, and nearby attractions. At that time of year, it’s a perfect site for a conference like Pinnacle - and at a special discounted rate of only $139 per night, it’s a very special value.

Thanks to cooling breezes from the Gulf of Mexico, St. Pete Beach enjoys more moderate summer temperatures than inland Florida, with
highs typically in the mid-80s and the lows in the mid-70s.

The response to Pinnacle 2006 has been tremendous and the Don CeSar has only a few rooms still available at the discounted rate, so please call 1-800-282-1116 and reference group code Pinnacle 2006. Be sure to check the website,, or call Sharon Conroy at 816-431-2600, for the latest information on additional hotels at special Pinnacle rates.

Pinnacle 2006 isn’t for everyone. But if you’re open-minded and looking for solutions, you’ll find it uniquely rewarding. Go to to register now.

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