MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Chris cook knows a thing or two about saving lives. As a registered nurse for 22 years, and an army paramedic for 13 years, he's had some unique patients.
" I had an opportunity to take care of Saddam Hussein, so that was quite interesting," says Cook.
While serving in Iraq, his skills helped save a very unexpected life, his own.
"On September,11th 2004, I was actually wounded in a vehicle born explosion just outside of Baghdad," says Cook.
Cook has recovered well, and is now passing lessons learned in war, to those who may save your life here at home.
"We've been proactive in the state and at least make EMS providers and law enforcement aware of tactical EM," says Cook.
26-hundred emergency services personnel from across Wisconsin are packing conference rooms at the delta center, as part of their annual conference.
"You name it, it's here if it has to do with emergency medical services," says organizer Justin Klis.
Klis says attendees spend 4 days, learning the latest in the industry. Including a convention floor full of new tools. From ambulances, to technology
"You need flight for life, we have an app for that," says Claire Rayford of flight for life.
Flight for life's new app allows EMS personnel to use their phone to give pilots a heads up on location, weather, and patient conditions.