The Assn. of Air Medical Services (AAMS) postponed its Air Medical Transport Conference due to the instability surrounding riots at its host city of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The conference was to be held Sept. 26 to 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center, just blocks away from rioting activity that has spurred in response to a recent fatal shooting of a man by a police officer. Rioters began throwing various items such as rocks and water bottles at police in riot gear. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency at the city’s request.
The conference will now be held Dec. 13 to 15 at the same venue.
In a letter signed by the association’s president and CEO, Rick Sherlock, and Board Chairman Dave Evans, the association explains the conference will “be a bit shorter than a typical AMTC.” Pre-conferences typically held the weekend before the conference will be held on that Sunday or Monday.
The letter also cites that a December conference eliminates budgetary challenges that an event in a new fiscal year would pose. All registered attendees will remain registered for the new dates.