North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

August NDEMSA Newsletter

From the President

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer weather. 

On July 12th, I received the resignation of President Jim Restemeyer. In his resignation he cited personal and professional reasons.  Jim’s resignation was accepted in good standing with the Association and we wish him luck in his future endeavors.  Because of his resignation and according to the NDEMSA by-laws, I have assumed the position as President of the NDEMSA.  A NDEMSA board meeting will be scheduled the first week of August to address the open Vice President position in accordance to the bylaws.

The day-to-day operations will continue to move forward and I anticipate a smooth transition.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. A separate email will be put out regarding who filled the vacant position.

The regional advisors held a Critical Access Hospital and Ambulance service meeting in Tioga, ND on July 16th.  This meeting was well attended and there were some very good discussions between the entities whom were represented. Additional meetings are being scheduled. Check back for dates of a meeting near you on the Association website.

Stroke training has taken place in numerous locations throughout ND and I am excited to hear how these trainings have gone. If you were one whom attended a training, we would like to hear some feedback from you. If you see any of the board members, please feel free to express what you liked or disliked about the trainings to them.

Additionally, there are many events upcoming on the NDEMSA calendar. I encourage all of you to go to the website and check the dates and register for those events that may interest you.

Our first regional conference is fast approaching. If you are in need of hours, this will be an excellent opportunity to obtain them. The conference is being held in Medora Sept 28-30, 2018.

 Kelly Dollinger

From the Education Coordinator

In the summer of 1994, I was anxiously awaiting to take my paramedic National Registry exams. I had studied very hard for the written portion and practical portion alike. It was the practical portion, however, that had me most concerned. If I failed a station how would I know what I had missed and would I make the same mistake on the retake? That question made for some long sleepless nights.

My four classmates and I would practice and test each other relentlessly until it got to be so routine that it seemed that we were just going through the motions.  How much can you learn when you do things over and over again and you’re not sure if you are doing it right in the first place?

Fortunately, one of my classmates knew of a paramedic who was willing to spend some time with us and guide us through the practical stations. Not only did he spend time with us, but he even drove from out- of- town to guide us in our classroom.

The one station that really had me concerned was the cardiac oral station. I am more of a “hands on” person. For this particular station a scenario is read to you and then you process the information, diagnose, and treat correctly and accordingly.  One of my classmates commented that this was right up his alley.  Not me, or if it was, it was definitely the wrong alley.

Enter paramedic Jim Restemeyer, Jim  drove from out of town to help us practice. He sat with me and explained the station, what to look for, and how to process the information.  He reassured me that I was doing things correctly.

The end result for all five of us paramedic candidates was a successful trip to Surrey, ND.  We not only passed the practical portion, but we passed on the first try.

I would like to thank you, Jim Restemeyer, for your assistance on that day and thank you for your dedication to the Association.

Randal Severson

Education Coordinator

EMS Safety Course

Tuesday, August 7

8 am– 5 pm

Hampton Inn

   2700 8th Ave SW     

Jamestown, ND

Cost: $10.00 NDEMSA Members, $20.00 Nonmembers

Register for the EMS Safety Course Here

 The course increases the practitioner's awareness and understanding of EMS safety standards and practices and develops their ability to effectively implement them. EMS Safety is the first national and most comprehensive education program of its kind that teaches techniques on how to best achieve safety on the job. 

The curriculum covers

  •     Crew Resource Management
  •     Emergency Vehicle Safety
  •     Responsibilities in Scene Operations
  •     Patient Handling
  •     Patient, Practitioner and Bystander Safety
  •     Personal Health

This course offers an overview of current issues surrounding safety in EMS, presents and creates a discussion on case studies, builds risk assessment and decision-making skills, and provides an opportunity for participants to relate their own experiences with EMS safety issues.

Who Should Attend

  • All EMS practitioners
  • Medical Professionals providing prehospital patient care
  • EMS supervisors and administrators concerned with safety

All NAEMT continuing education courses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for PreHospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

They also are recognized for recertification requirements by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). 

Completion of the EMS Safety course provides 8 hours of CAPCE credit.

Instructor: Tyler Dekrey

Dates and Locations:                   

Tuesday, August 7, Jamestown, ND

Cost: $10.00 NDEMSA Members, $20.00 Nonmembers

Register for the EMS Safety Course Here


Register Here

1st Annual North Dakota EMS Foundation Fishing Tournament

August 17-18, 2018

Van Hook, New Town, ND

Click here for more fishing tournament information.

The tournament will be held at Van Hook Resort on beautiful Lake Sakakawea and will be a fantastic setting for the inaugural event.

The tournament rules will, for the most part, mirror other local walleye tournaments. However, this tournament is a fundraising event and is family friendly, so bring the kids, parents, grandparents, squad members and other co-workers!!!

Payouts for this tournament are based off 150 registered teams. This will be adjusted accordingly based on the numbers of teams registered.   Team slots are filling up fast, so register early to ensure your spot. Register at

A Letter From the Foundation-

NDEMSA Members,

I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying your summer. I am writing to you to remind everyone, or possibly to inform you for the first time, that the NDEMS Foundation’s 1st Annual Fishing Tournament is fast approaching. We still have spots available for teams to sign up and would like to make our 1st Annual Tournament a success. We would like for each member to help advertise the event and to encourage any interested anglers to sign up their team.

This tournament is not only for EMS providers, it is for anyone who likes to fish and would like to come out and enjoy a weekend at beautiful Van Hook Resort. If all the team spots fill up (150 teams) we will be paying out over $28,000.00!!!

This is also a reminder that the NDEMS Foundation benefits each one of our Association members by offering scholarships, grants, and other training opportunities to promote highly trained EMS providers throughout North Dakota. We also want to inform everyone that next year the tournament will be renamed in memory of Tom Nehring, our driving force for rural EMS.

If you have any questions about the tournament or how to sign up, visit our website, click on the “EMS FOUNDATION” tab and click on “FISHING TOURNAMENT”. If you need further information, call me at (701) 770-3345.

Thanks for what you do and stay safe out there.


Dustin J. Bertsch

Board of Directors

ND EMS Foundation

Mental Health First Aid Courses for EMS and Fire

Click here to view the website and schedule.

North Dakota EMS Association is offering four Mental Health First Aid courses this summer through a grant from the Center for Rural Health. This course will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse in your community. Attendees will learn to identify the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns and where to turn for help.

The course is divided into two sessions. Topics to be covered are depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis, substance abuse, recovery, and resiliency.

Instructor for this course will be Ashley Ladbury Hrichena, Training and Education Coordinator at First Link in Fargo, ND.

August 14 - Ramkota, Bismarck, ND

August 23 - Hampton Inn, Jamestown, ND

The NDEMSA would like to thank the following for help in getting these courses offered to the EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement communities:

  •        Center for Rural Health
  •        FM Ambulance
  •        Choice Health & Fitness

Class size will be limited to 30 attendees, minimum 5. Click here to register.

The Southwest Conference

September 28-30th

The SW conference in Medora is being held September 28-30th. Once again, the SW Board of Directors and the North Dakota Safety Council are working diligently to finalize the schedule.

Each year, the Medora Convention Center is gracious enough to host the SW conference at no cost and AmericInn’s hospitality keeps us coming back. The SW Conference is a one of a kind experience. For those who haven’t attended, it is a great way to get CEU’s, network, and have a wonderful mini vacation.

The Friday preconference will be trauma/ triage using an active triage & table top exercise followed by 12 -lead interpretation.

Saturday morning opens with a discussion on opioids and “Walk in the Park”.  The Walk in the Park presentation talks about the potential hazards of being outdoors regarding encounters with certain plants and animals. It will also share how to avoid these plants and animals and what first aid is needed to treat these situations. Other sessions presented on Saturday will be hemorrhage control, mental health, Self-Protection for Responders, humor in EMS, and culture of safety.  Self-Protection for Responders is a hands-on course and attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable loose fit clothing.

Sunday, September 30, will consist of a BLS and an ALS track. The ALS track will consist of diabetes, difficult airway, and post resuscitation and ACS. The BLS track contains stroke, special health care needs, pediatrics and transport, neurological and seizures, VADs, at-risk populations, and roles of research. The complete schedule can be viewed on line at

If you have any questions about the sessions or registration, contact the office at 701-221-0567.

NDEMSA has a block of rooms at the AmericInn Motel & Suites 75 East River Road South Medora, ND 58645. A block has 50 rooms have been reserved at $82.10/night until August 29, 2018. For reservations call (701) 623-4800 or (800) 634-3444. Make sure to indicate you are with the EMS Conference. Hotel room must be cancelled 48 hours in advance.

The NDEMSA is on its 2nd year following a set pattern of NCCR hours offered at each conference.  This pattern will allow members to plan their 2 year training a little easier. The SW and the NE will have the opposite of NW and SE. 

Call for Candidates for the 2019 NDEMSA Officer and Regional Director Positions

Positions up for election in 2019 include;

  • -        Vice President
  • -        Two (2) Directors in each region

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

To be eligible for the Vice President, candidates must be a current NDEMSA member and have previously served a full term on the NDEMSA board.  The Vice President  term will begin at the ND EMS Rendezvous 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).

If you would like to be, or know someone who should be included on the 2019 ballot for the Vice President or officer position, please complete the nomination form, which can be found

How to Become a Candidate

Nominations begin on July 1, 2018.  Interested candidates will be required to submit a nomination statement and photo to be published in the winter Response Time and on social media sites. Nominations are due on or before December 31, 2018. This deadline allows for adequate time for candidates' biographies to be shared on NDEMSA news outlets, prior to voting. Please review the new Nomination and Election Rules effective this year. In following election policies, nominations are NOT accepted from the floor during the annual meeting. 

To submit a nomination statement and picture, please email it to

The Voting Process

The ND EMS Association regional directors’ nominations and elections will no longer be held at the regional meetings. The election will be held between February 14th and February 28th or immediately after the last Regional Conference. Voting will occur through a combination of online and mail voting methods, as determined by the board of directors. A four-person committee will count the votes. The committee will consist of an election chair and three additional appointed people.

If you have any questions about the voting process, please contact the office at 701-221-0567 or visit our nominations and elections page on our website. 

NDEMSA is now Accepting Award Applications

The North Dakota EMS Association is proud to sponsor an awards program that highlights the accomplishments of so many dedicated EMS providers in North Dakota.  Each year we are in awe of the hard work and passion that our award winners have shown throughout their careers in EMS.  We hope you or your agency will consider recognizing the very best of North Dakota’s EMS providers. 

The deadline for all awards, both regional and statewide, is March 1,2019.  All nominations must be submitted online at

The awards committee reviews the submissions and notifies the nominator whether or not their submission was chosen. This will allow those who did win an award to make plans to attend the 2019 EMS Rendezvous Awards Banquet and Table of Honor Ceremony on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019 in Bismarck.  Some nominators choose to keep the award a “secret” while others are told ahead of time.  The awards committee will only notify the nominator, not the nominee.    

The 2019 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 2019 include Media Award, Medical Director of the Year, Grace Knapp Award, Distinguished Service Award, and EMS Provider of the Year Award.

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 chosen.

The simple online form listing the criteria and nomination information for both the regional and statewide awards and the Table of Honor Ceremony can be found on our website at under the “Awards Programs” tab. 

                   NDEMSA Upcoming Events                    

August 7, 2018 EMS Safety- Jamestown

August 14, 2018 Mental Health First Aid Training for EMS and Fire - Bismarck

August 17- 18, 2018 EMS Foundation Fishing Tournament - Van Hook, New Town

August 23, 2018 Mental Health First Aid Training for EMS and Fire - Jamestown

August 27, 2018 Management Essentials Training- Jamestown

September 28-30, 2018 SW Conference - Medora

December 31, 2018 Nominations for the Board of Directors Due

January 19-20, 2019 NW Conference - Minot

February 1-3, 2019 SE Conference - Jamestown

February 16-17, 2019 NE Conference - Grand Forks

April 11-13, 2019 44th EMS Rendezvous - Bismarck


North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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