North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

November NDEMSA Newsletter



Recently, we presented at the ND Association of Counties annual conference. The Association’s goal was to educate local county leaders on the challenges of operating an ambulance service in North Dakota, as well as encourage them to be proactive in engaging their local ambulance service in open communication so, together, we can build a strong EMS system for the citizens and visitors of North Dakota.

My hope in meeting with these local officials was to open up communications between them and local EMS.  I will also encourage ND EMS to do the same with their respective city and county commissioners.

During the NDACo’s board meeting, they passed a resolution acknowledging the challenges of ambulance services in North Dakota and acknowledge their need for stable and long-term financial support to ensure emergency medical services can continue statewide.

We look forward to working with the NDACo, as well as other stakeholders, to create a strong EMS system in North Dakota.

Our Association is successful because of our members and the people these members have elected to represent them.  We are very fortunate to have a superb Board of Directors and staff working on behalf of EMS providers and organizations in North Dakota.  Each of them are very interested in hearing your questions, comments, and concerns.  If you have any input, we would invite you to contact any NDEMSA Officer, director, or staff member.  We would also invite you to be part of the process.  Nominations are currently being accepted for President and two Board of Directors for each region.  Information and applications can be found at the NDEMSA website or by contacting the Association office.  The deadline to submit an application is December 31st

Finally, I am Hoping everyone will have a safe and enjoyable November!

Remember... train hard.... train as you do and as always....STAY SAFE!!!

Kelly Dollinger

NDEMSA - President 

Regional Conferences Information


The NW region conference will be held January 25-26, 2020 at the Grand Hotel in Minot.    

All information including the brochure, hotel information, topics, and registration will be available on our website mid-November


The SE region conference will be held on February 7-8, 2020 at the Holiday Inn, Fargo.  

All information including the brochure, hotel information, topics, and registration will be available  mid-November.


The NE region conference will be held on February 14-16, 2020 at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Building and lodging arrangements at the Ramada Hotel in Grand Forks.  

All information including the brochure, hotel information, topics, and registration will be available mid- November.

For all your conference updates and needs, visit here.

Please be sure to book your HOTEL EARLY!  Hotel room blocks book quickly!

Upcoming NDEMSA Events   

December 11, 2019 NDEMSA Board Meeting

December 31, 2019 Board Nominations Due

January 6, 2019 EMR Course Begins

January 25-26, 2020 NW Conference, Minot 

February 7-8, 2020 SE Conference, Fargo 

February 14-16, 2020 NE Conference, Grand Forks 

February 17-March 4, 2020 NDEMSA Board of Director Elections

February 20, 2020 Award Nominations Due

April 2-4, 2020 ND EMS 45th Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Bismarck

Call for Candidates for the 2020 NDEMSA Officer and Regional Director Positions

Positions up for election in 2020 include;

  • President
  • Secretary/ Treasurer
  • Two (2) Directors in each region

All officers and director terms are for two (2) years. 

To be eligible for the President or Secretary/ Treasurer, candidates must be a current NDEMSA member and have previously served a full term on the NDEMSA board.  The President term will begin at the ND EMS Annual Conference after the annual meeting.

To be an eligible candidate for the regional director positions, he or she must be a current NDEMSA member and will run in his or her respective region. The officer terms commence after the voting results have been counted and verified (on or around March 1st).

Click here for more information.

NDEMSA is now accepting Award Applications

The deadline for all awards (both regional and statewide) is February 20, 2020.  All nominations must be submitted online at

The 2020 regional awards include Siren Award, Rising Star Award, Telecommunications Award, and the Service of the Year Award.  One regional service of the year nominee is chosen for the state EMS Service of the Year.

The statewide awards for 2020 include Media Award, Medical Director of the Year, Grace Knapp Award, Distinguished Service Award, and EMS Provider of the Year Award.

Click here for more information.

The Table of Honor Ceremony

The Table of Honor Ceremony pays tribute to those volunteers and career EMS/Fire personnel who are no longer with us.  You can help us honor such a person by nominating them for the Table of Honor Ceremony.  The first ten Table of Honor nominations will be considered.

Click here for more information.

North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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