PIPESTEM STATE PARK, W.Va (WVVA) - Hundreds of first responders are gathering for the emergency services conference happening all week and into the weekend at Pipestem State Park.
Attendees from six states are participating in 114 class sessions all week. In its 39th year, the "ESCAPe" conference is giving emergency services personnel the opportunity to freshen up or learn new skills that they can use to make a difference in the lives of those who serve.
Cooridnator of Public Service Training Robbie Bailey said that continuing education is one of the most valuable parts.
"Continuing education is a big need for anybody who is in the emergency services field; medical field, fire, EMS to make sure that they're getting the hours that they need. Now some of those professions require certain hours, so they have been able to come spend the week here with us and get the hours they need, and you know, take care of it for the year, and not have to come back until next year."
Over 400 educational hours are available to participants throughout this week's classroom and hands-on courses. The conference wraps up this weekend with a banquet and a presentation on leadership from coach Greg White.