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2020 Conference postponed

On behalf of First There, First Care and the Gathering of Eagles, we hope this message finds you well. The decision to postpone the conference was a difficult one, but the safety of all involved is paramount. As you can imagine, the postponement and all of its details is no small task. We ask that you please be patient with us as we navigate through this unforeseen situation.

We are working diligently with our partners at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and have a new tentative date for the week of June 14th, 2021.  

FTFC & Gathering of Eagles attendees have a choice to roll their 2020 sponsorship and transfer it to the 2021 event or receive a 100% refund. If you choose to transfer your registration, you will lock in this year’s price and will not be subject to any increases for next year.

For those of you who booked your hotel rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel using the conference code, you should have received a notification from the Hard Rock confirming that your hotel room reservation has been canceled at no cost to you. If you did not receive the notification, please give Johana Cinque, Event Coordinator, a call at 954-445-9692 or email

We will, of course, continue to keep you informed and updated with more information. We appreciate your patience. 

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It’s Official — Eagles Nest Moves to South Florida

**Please do not book rooms yet as we are working on getting a block of rooms and will need to occupy them***

World-renowned Gathering of Eagles Conference to take place at the newly- constructed Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from June 8-12, 2020

Leading EMS Medical Directors and their friends from all over the globe will now convene their acclaimed annual meeting in June 2020 at the newly-constructed Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in a joint effort with the longstanding and highly-respected First There, First Care Conference hosted by the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Broward County (FCABC).

The all-new, five-day collaborative event will begin with three days of the exceptionally popular EMS and nursing competitions, pre-conference workshops and keynote presentations — all orchestrated by the FCABC in conjunction with local hospitals. During the final two days of this highly anticipated conference, the Eagles will present their usual didactic and learning magic with over 100 envelope-pushing sessions from celebrated EMS Medical Directors from across the globe.

First There First Care – Gathering of Eagles: A 2020 Vision of EMS

The new synergistic symposium combines two high-impact meetings with longstanding track records for  progressive and effective learning, with over four decades experience between the two organizational teams. The conference planners expect that, with the merger, the 2020 meeting will quickly hit hotel capacity based on prior attendance at both respective conferences and the usual sell-out for “Eagles.” Coupled with the South Florida beaches, nearby cruise lines and other attractions, many other organizations and vendors have strongly supported this move. The main attraction may be the venue itself, the new Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino– an amazing guitar-shaped hotel and entertainment center with numerous world-class restaurants, bars and other entertainment features right on-site.

The FCABC has gained international recognition because of its members’ ability to maintain a cohesive and highly innovative system of care across multiple EMS agencies. The First There First Care conference is in its 24th year and has annually attracts more than 600 EMS professionals, nurses and physicians from the South Florida region alone.

The Eagles have evolved into a cohesive global consortium, known for cutting-edge education and intrepid operational advances in out-of-hospital emergency care. The group is comprised of the accountable jurisdictional Medical Directors of the 60 to 70 largest municipalities in the U.S., Europe and other global regions as well as several key counterparts from U.S. federal agencies. Despite minimal advertising of their meetings, Eagles’ audiences are often comprised of more than 1000 attendees, all by word of mouth.

Fire Chief Frank Babinec of the Coral Springs–Parkland Fire Department and president of the FBABC said, “We love it — South Florida will now become the recognized epicenter of progressive EMS knowledge for the entire world as we bring together the best and brightest minds in prehospital care for this greatevent.”

Fire Chief Don DiPetrillo of Seminole Tribe Fire Rescue has said that he thinks the hotel will sell-out, thanks to the uniqueness of the venue and its reasonable rates negotiated for conference attendees.

Attendees are advised to fly into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a short 15-minute (7 mile) ride to the hotel and meeting venue.