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First speakers announced for 2019 EMS LINKS

Apr 16, 2019

Contact: Greg Hiles,

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health will celebrate National EMS Week at this year's 2019 EMS LINKS (Leaders in Kentucky) event, to be held 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, May 23 in Frankfort, at the Buffalo Trace Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse. For more information about the LINKS event, to register and to learn about partnership opportunities, please go to or

KBEMS is pleased to announce the speakers for the event:

Chris Cebollero EMS LINKS 2019

Chris Cebollero, Senior Partner, Chris Cebollero and Associates, St. Louis, MO

LINKS TOPIC: The Art and Science of Servant Leadership

Internationally recognized leadership expert, author and advocate, Chris’s experience includes expertise in the healthcare industry, has a proven track record for Organizational Design and Process Improvement. Chris has a knack for developing organizational excellence, while encouraging professional development of the team all the while ensuring strategic alignment with the goals of the organization.

Chris is a Multi-Number 1 Best Selling Authoris a member of the John Maxwell Team, a Contributor to Forbes, and an Official Member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Chris has close to 30 years of speaking experience, and has developed an art of teaching platform instruction and public speaking.

Rob Farmer EMS LINKS 2019

Rob Farmer, Business Development Manager, NICE Public Safety

LINKS TOPIC: The Portrait of A Leader

Rob Farmer currently lives in Southwest Florida with his family, and serves as a Business Development Manager for NICE Public Safety (, and as a Fellow / Charter Commissioner for the American College of Paramedic Executives. He previously served as the Director of Public Safety for Lee County, Florida, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Southwest Florida's Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team/Florida FEMA Task Force 6. In addition, he has served as the Director of Emergency Medical Services for Delaware County, Ohio, and as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rob currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Hodges University in Naples, Florida, and is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Connect with Rob: LinkedIn, Twitter & Instagram @robfarmer1 | Facebook @robfarmer

Jay Fitch EMS LINKS 2019

Jay Fitch, PhD, Founding Partner, Fitch & Associates

LINKS TOPIC: Dancing with Elephants

In this session Jay will help the group identify the “elephants in the room” for Kentucky EMS systems and leaders.  Using his experiences as a medic, director and system design expert he will describe how to turn these elephant size issues into future oriented solutions. 

Dr.  Fitch is the founding partner of the EMS public safety consulting firm Fitch & Associates.  He frequently is involved in complex ambulance, hospital, and public safety organizational and operational issues. He is an expert in operations, finance and resource utilization. Jay has led consultations with a diverse array of domestic and international healthcare and public safety clients. Dr. Fitch has received numerous honors including the Leadership Award presented by the International Association of EMS Chiefs and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Association of EMTs.

 Craig Caudill EMS LINKS 2019

Craig Caudill, Director/Chief Instructor of Nature Reliance School and author of three successful wilderness education books.

LINKS TOPIC: Strategies for SurTHRIVal

There are many parallels to surviving in the wild and surviving the daily demands of the workplace.  Survival is a puzzle with pieces that include mindset, skills, tactics, and gear.   We will learn how this puzzle fits together.  This workshop will broaden your capabilities to not only survive stressful conditions, but to thrive demanding circumstances.   

Craig has taught wilderness skills to thousands of students in the public sector as well as agency-sponsored course work for the Department of Defense, three branches of federal law-enforcement, and many state- level law-enforcement, EMS, Fire and SAR programs.  Craig is also an executive management instructor and coach for Wildside Institute for Team Development.  

Connect with Craig: YouTube | Facebook | Podcast

 Todd Stout EMS LINKS 2019

Todd Stout, founder of Stout Solutions/FirstWatch

LINKS TOPIC: Building the Right Team- Recruitment & Retention

Todd’s roots in public safety run deep. His father was Jack Stout, an innovative and influential pioneer in the design of high-performance EMS systems. Todd got his start as working as a stock boy at Medevac MidAmerica and MAST in Kansas City. He later became an EMT, paramedic and flight medic. After working as a consultant on EMS systems design for his father’s firm, The 4th Party, Todd was brought on as vice president and chief operating officer at Oklahoma City Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). He has also held positions as director of business development for LifeFleet Ambulance in Irvine, Calif., and was a senior manager for TriTech Software Systems in San Diego.

Having worked in positions ranging from stock boy to chief operating officer for a major metropolitan EMS authority to senior manager with a public safety communications software company, Todd Stout had a vision when he started FirstWatch 20 years ago. Computer-aided dispatch systems were growing increasingly more sophisticated, meaning more detailed 911 data was being captured. At the same time, expectations for what public safety, fire and EMS should deliver were growing. Todd — with his experience as an EMS practitioner and manager, and his expertise in data mining and public safety computer systems — saw the potential for a new firm that would harness information technology to help customers in public safety make better and more efficient use of their resources to improve emergency care and safety.

In 1998, Todd founded Stout Solutions, which became FirstWatch in 2002. From its first customers — MAST in Kansas City, Mo. (now Kansas City Fire Department) and Richmond (Va.) Ambulance Authority — FirstWatch has grown to a company that serves more than 400 agencies throughout North America. Initially focusing on the real-time biosurveillance of weapons of mass destruction or outbreaks of SARS, H1N1 and other potential pandemics, FirstWatch has transformed itself into an organization that finds ways to improve operational performance and efficiency — from reducing hospital drop times to identifying crime trends — and many other issues facing public safety and EMS.

Todd is active in the profession, serving on the board of the National EMS Management Association and on the CBRN Committee of the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch. He also volunteers his time with the EMS Chiefs of Canada and the International Society for Disease Surveillance.

Outside of work, Todd enjoys reading, working with his hands on projects around the house, and spending as much time with his college-age kids as they can stand. His daughter attends the University of Denver and when she’s not studying, she loves skiing and hiking in Colorado. His son attends Rocky Mountain College in Montana and spends nearly all of his spare time riding and training horses as part of his new business.

Connect with Todd at LinkedIn

Tim Farmer's Country Kitchen EMS LINKS 2019

Tim Farmer, 5-time Emmy Award winner, current host of Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen

LINKS TOPIC: Overcoming Obstacles with Hard Work and a Positive Attitude

For over 25 years, Tim Farmer has been entertaining audiences with his journeys across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The 5-time Emmy Award winning host and executive producer hosted and produced Kentucky Afield for over 20 years.  After 20 wonderful years, he announced his retirement from the Department of Fish and Wildlife December 2015.

“Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen” will be starting its 9th season soon, and has already been nominated for an Emmy.  This show about cooking, farming, canning, gardening and smoking and preparing meats, has risen to the top of KET’s most popular shows.

Tim has a never give up attitude that has driven him to be an award winning archer, despite losing the use of his right arm as a young Marine in a devastating motorcycle accident.  He uses his mouth to shoot a 70 lb. bow in pursuit of large game across the continent. 

Tim is also a musician.  He recently designed a brace to play the guitar after not being able to play for over 30 years.

Premier Partners: KAPA, Stryker, Zoll

Supporting Strategic Partners: Air Methods, 911 Billing Services & Consultant, Inc., Public Consulting Group, First Watch