Amanda Bates

Conference and Education Director

Hi, I’m Amanda! I joined WEMSA in March of 2018, filling the boots of WEMSA’s long time Conference Director, Fred Hornby (who ironically was one of my Paramedic Instructors).

I plan and organize the annual Conference, lead the Conference Committee, spearhead the association magazine EMS Professionals, lead the Education Committee, assist with outreach initiatives, and sit on multiple State Working Groups; including Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Community EMS, and the Dispatcher Assisted CPR Program. I am also honored to sit on the UW OTD Board as a representative of EMS in Wisconsin. I am a practicing Paramedic Firefighter with a local rural service, an educator for the Coverdell Stroke Program, and the Lead Educator for the Dispatch Assisted CPR Program.

I take great pride in being apart of the future of EMS in Wisconsin. I fight daily to make forward progress for sustainable careers in EMS and Fire Suppression for our future heroes and leaders. I want EMS practice to catch up to science, I want a “Just Culture” to become the norm, and perhaps most of all I want my daughter to know that her mom fought to make a difference.

Outside of WEMSA, I can be found at the gym lifting heavy things, tossing bodies on the mat or hanging out with my friends and family enjoying a “Beer Friday” or extended weekend camping.


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The Wisconsin EMS Association
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