Emergency workers from all over the State of Michigan gathered on Thursday to learn the latest in techniques and products at the 30th annual UPEMS conference.
The conference is being held over the next four days at Northern Michigan University's University Center.
Over 600 emergency workers will get the chance to take classes on over 70 topics, along with testing the latest lifesaving equipment on the market.
Organizers say that above all the training and products, camaraderie is the most important part of the conference.
"When they get together, they share each other's stories and the camaraderie and the encouragement that they give to each other so that when they leave here, they know that they are truly appreciated by their peers and by the community," said UPEMS Director Bob Struck.
In honor of the 30 years of the conference, organizers chose David Boyd, who created the national EMS system, as the keynote speaker.