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Pinnacle 2024 EMS Conference is headed to Marco Island

Registration is open for EMS and public safety leaders from around the world


PLATTE CITY, M. — Registration for Fitch & Associates’ 19th annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum is now open. Pinnacle 2024 will be held Aug. 12-16, 2024, at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida.

Program Co-Chair and Fitch Senior Partner Anthony Minge, EdD, said, “With the beach as our backdrop, this year’s Pinnacle is one that can’t be missed. We have incredible speakers lined up, including two powerful keynotes. We’re also excited to celebrate Fitch’s 40th anniversary with attendees this year.”

At Pinnacle, EMS and public safety leaders from around the globe will come together for a week of learning and collaboration. With engaging sessions and energizing networking events, the conference presents the latest information, ideas and leadership practices. The 2024 agenda is packed with highly anticipated sessions, some Pinnacle favorites and two can’t-miss keynotes, including Dr. Julia DiGangi and Kristen Hadeed.

Pinnacle’s 2024 opening keynote speaker, Dr. DiGangi, is a neuropsychologist with a unique perspective specializing in developing motivated teams through understanding the connections between our brains, emotions and relationships. She will show attendees how the relationship between their brains and emotions impacts their leadership style.

Dr. DiGangi said, “I am honored to be speaking with EMS professionals about the neuroscience of resilience. First responders do so much to protect our communities and, as a result, are often exposed to intense stress. I look forward to talking about how the brain responds to stress and finds empowerment, resilience and connection even in tough situations.”

Early registration is recommended to take advantage of exclusive pricing. Attendees can register at and reserve hotel rooms at special discounted rates at the award-winning JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, positioned along miles of beautiful private beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

About the Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum

Presented by Fitch & Associates, Pinnacle is the premier EMS leadership event in North America, with nearly 700 attendees each year. For more information visit

About Fitch & Associates

Fitch & Associates, celebrating 40 years of dedication to emergency services, is a leading EMS, public safety and air-medical consulting organization in the United States and abroad. Since its inception in 1984, it has expanded its work in the fire, communication center, law enforcement, hospital transport and compliance arenas. The Firm also provides leadership development and education and hosts the annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership Forum. For more information, visit