North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association


What is the purpose of these statewide meetings?

These meetings are being held to share the challenges that our present EMS system is currently facing, and for numerous stakeholders to work together in identifying just how we can move forward and face these unique challenges.  The North Dakota EMS System is not alone, EMS across the country is facing a number of challenges including; the decline in the largest subsidy (volunteer providers), funding, transport reimbursement, pending regulations, training, and the difficulty in transition to EMS integration into the healthcare system.  The meeting has two purposes.  The primary purpose is to gather input from stakeholders and the other purpose is to provide information to the public and other stakeholders on the challenges the EMS system is facing.

These meetings are considered vital to the EMS system in North Dakota. Therefore, attendance by at least 1 person from each funding area is required to be eligible for the 2017-2019 Funding Area Grant cycle. If you are unable to attend the meeting in your area, feel free to attend another meeting within the state. The ambulance service(s) in your area will be affected by the coming changes. Input is vital to the future of EMS in North Dakota.

Who is invited?

EMS Leaders, EMS Providers, Legislators, County and City Officials, Hospital Administrators and Staff Members, City and County Health Districts, Emergency Managers, 911 Coordinators, Dispatch Personnel, the general public and all those who have an interest in building a strong EMS system for North Dakota.

Where and when are the meetings being held?

 March 1, 2016
 Dickinson - Strom Center
 1679 6th Avenue West
 Thanks for attending!
 March 29, 2016
 Rugby - Calvary Evangelical Free Church
 305 4th St. SW
 Thanks for attending!
 April 12, 2016
 Bismarck - Division of EMS & Trauma facility
 1720 Burlington Drive
 Thanks for attending!
 May 24, 2016
 Minot - Trinity Riverside Education Center
 1900 8th Ave. SE
 Thanks for attending!
 May 31, 2016
 Grand Forks - Simulation Center (ND STAR)
 725 Hamline Street
 Thanks for attending!
 June 7, 2016
 Jamestown - Quality Inn and Suites
 507 25th St. SW
 Thanks for attending!
 June 14, 2016
 Ray- Ray Senior Center  8 2nd Ave W  Thanks for Attending!
 July 19, 2016
Fargo- Skills and Tech Center / NDSCS  1305 19th Ave N  Thanks for attending!

News articles and press releases featuring more information about these meetings

Dickinson Press article from March 2, 2016 - Click Here

You're the Cure Email Newsletter "The Pulse" from the American Heart Association - Click Here

Pierce County Tribune of Rugby news article (PDF) - Click Here

Herald Press of Harvey news article (PDF) - Click Here

Public News Service news article link - Click Here

News Dakota (Jamestown) news article link - Click Here
Minot Daily New Article Link Regarding EMS Services Under Scrutiny

Meeting Agenda and Schedule:

4:00pm (CST)  State EMS Updates & EMS Planning/System Development Exercise

5:30pm (CST)  Meal provided to the invited attendees with continued discussion

6:15pm (CST)  Public and invited guests - doors open

6:30pm (CST)  The Following Topics Will Be Discussed:

                         Overview of ND EMS, Future of EMS, EMS Clinical Performance & Oversight, and the Legislative Perspective.

Can you explain more about the meeting for EMS?

The 4pm meeting for EMS leaders and providers is being held to develop EMS systems and work on EMS system building.  Individuals with the Division of EMS & Trauma and the North Dakota EMS Association will assist EMS personnel on the purpose and general principles for creating a Stroke, Cardiac, and Trauma transport plan.  EMS personnel attending the 4pm and remaining for the evening panel discussion are provided a meal thanks to many generous sponsors.

EMS meeting agenda items:

* Introduction and purpose of the regional meetings

* State EMS Updates

* EMS workforce issues

* New EMS Protocols

* Medical Direction in the state of North Dakota

* Pending Rule Changes

* Transport plan template discussion

* Group Exercise/ Discussion

Can you explain more about the panel discussion?

The panel of individuals will remain relatively the same throughout all meetings.  The panel will consist of a State Legislator (this will vary based on location), the State EMS Medical Director - Dr. Jeff Sather, Director of the Division of EMS & Trauma - Tom Nehring, President of the ND EMS Association - Curt Halmrast, and EMS Director at Rugby EMS - Ken Reed.  A panel discussion will occur with a variety of discussion points and also a question and answer period.

Public meeting agenda items:

American Heart Association Programs

Overview of ND EMS- Imminent Issues Affecting EMS Delivery in ND

The Future of EMS- Changing Healthcare and Financing

EMS Clinical Performance & Oversight

ND Legislative Perspective

Audience Question and Answer


To assure adequate space at each facility and refreshments we ask that each attendee RSVP for the meetings.  The EMS leaders and providers attending the 4pm session are provided a meal so we ask that you RSVP to allow us to get a correct meal count.   

Ray RSVP Link

Fargo RSVP Link


Please contact our Director of Administration Corrie Geurts with any questions that you may have.  If necessary she can direct your question to one of the planning committee members or one of the members of the panel discussion.

Phone: 701-221-0567


North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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