On behalf of the Arrowhead EMS Association Conference Committee and Board of Directors with a heavy heart to announce the cancellation of the 2021 Arrowhead EMS Association Conference and Expo. We believe that the top priorities of this event are the safety of our participants and the integrity of the conference mission, to provide quality education and bring together the EMS providers of the region and state.
A colleague referred to our conference as the Great Minnesota EMS get together. We believe in our commitment to quality education and while we think there is a way to safely come together in a much smaller fashion, it just would not be the same without the whole family there. After lengthy discussions about virtual options, telepresence and other alternatives, we concluded that these were not a good match for the mission of the conference and expo. Too many sacrifices would need to be made and the alternative format would not be a good replacement that reflects the expectations of our participants or the planning team.
This decision is unquestionably the most challenging we have faced as a group and we know many of you will be profoundly disappointed, but we wanted to give those of you that already have plans for the conference the time you need to reprioritize your time.
Our team is committed to making every effort possible to take our energy and focus it on beginning our planning for 2022. While we will not be able to come together in January, we are looking forward to a unique gathering in 2022. As always, we welcome your feedback and recommendations. We believe that the future of the conference, like the future of EMS, is very bright.
Thank you for your loyalty to this event, your commitment to your community and for your effort on each shift to provide the best care possible.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Arrowhead EMS Association at 218-726-0070. Take care, be well and stay safe.