North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

April Monthly Newsletter

Happy early spring NDEMSA members,

COVID - 19 has consumed all of us. Recently we held online meetings for each region. These meetings were targeted to service leaders The meetings were held March 21 and 22 with an hour dedicated to each region. There was a tremendous amount of information put out and the meetings were very well attended with over 130 participants. Overall I found the meetings to be a tremendous success. I would like to thank and mention all of the organizers and presenters of these meetings, Adam Parker, PJ Ringdahl Curt Halmrast, Tom Engen, Lynn Hartman, and Corrie Geurts. They all did a tremendous job.

For more information, I would encourage all of you to check out the ND Dept of  Health website. Secondly, visit our web page COVID-19 EMS Resource for additional links to CDC and information being disseminated by the ND DOH to agencies. Lastly, feel free to contact your NDEMSA board members. They can answer questions you may have or point you in the direction to find the information you desire.

In closing, North Dakota has been in the midst of statewide and national emergencies before. We have battled other diseases like H1N1 in 2009, Influenza B, HIV, Hepatitis C, and Tuberculosis outbreaks. We also responded to the 1997 Red River flood, 2011 Missouri River flood, 2011 Souris River flood. In all of these trials and tests, ND EMS survived and performed exceptionally. It is times like these which make me incredibly proud to be a ND EMS member and your state President. 


Thank you for who you are, what you do for North Dakota!

As always....STAY SAFE!

Kelly Dollinger

NDEMSA - President

COVID-19 Resources

Our Annual Board Meeting is being held at the regular scheduled time! Join us for the online board meeting April 3rd, 2020 at 7:30 pm. The link can be found below.

Please register for Annual Board Meeting on Apr 3, 2020 7:30 PM CDT at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

From the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy

During this COVID-19 pandemic, shortages on many items have been creating critical hardships for various health professionals.  One item that may be occurring for your operation is a shortage of hand sanitizer. Please know that there are ways in which pharmacies across the state can compound formulas approved by the FDA and WHO to assist in addressing the shortage.  If your location is not able to source hand sanitizer, it may be prudent to reach out to your local pharmacy to see if they are able to compound a supply for you. If they are unable to meet your needs, there are a few pharmacies that specialize in compounding which our office can connect you to that will likely be able to meet your needs.  Hopefully this will not be an issue as your supply will be maintained but we want to ensure, you, as essential public servants are protected during this pandemic. Thank you for all your efforts and service!

Mark J Hardy, Pharm D

Executive Director

North Dakota Board of Pharmacy

1906 E. Broadway Ave.

P.O. Box 1354

Bismarck, ND  58502-1354

Phone (701) 328-9535

Join us October 2-4, 2020 for the 45th Annual EMS Conference and  Tradeshow!!

Conference Postponement FAQs

From the Project Manager

First off, I want to say thank you to everyone working the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I truly appreciate you.

Browsing EMS1 or JEMS for COVID-19 resources, you may have noticed Florida’s call for measures.  Florida (who is being funded through FLEX like us) opened a national call for measures.  Florida’s (F.A.I.R.) Project, the Feasible, Actionable, Impactful, Relevant EMS Measurement Project is a bit ahead of ours.  But as COVID-19 has shown us, coming later means we have a chance to watch and learn from others.

In watching Florida, I decided ND needed a name for this project.  I propose North Dakota’s Rural EMS Counts Project. This project is about performance measures, but also about showing the valuable, important role EMS plays in rural America.

Like many, this project is a little behind, but I expect to blaze forward soon.  As the meetings last weekend showed, the ND EMS Association can bring people together to solve problems and advance the EMS system in North Dakota.  For Rural EMS Counts, we will need that same can-do spirit.

As of today, we have 20 of the 30 people committed to be on the Measure Steering Committee. NDEMSA regional advisors are going to help along with the subject matter experts.  There is still time be on the measure steering committee or apply for the subject matter expert role. There is still time to sign up to be on the measure committee or apply for the subject matter expert role. 

I expect April and May to be months of rapid development for this project.  Please stay tuned.  If you would like to be a part of this effort or have questions, please email or call at 701.221.0693.

So stay safe! We are going to need you because Rural EMS Counts.

Lindsey Narloch

Project Manager

Rural EMS Counts

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