North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

July NDEMSA Newsletter

The Summer Courses Edition

From the President

I hope that everyone is enjoying North Dakota's beautiful summertime weather.  In-between the wind and thunder storms it's actually been a very nice summer.  We're hoping this continues and you're able to join us for the 1st Annual ND EMS Foundation fishing tournament August 17 & 18, 2018 at Van Hook Resort in New Town, ND.  The EMS Foundation Board has put together an excellent event that'll be fun for everyone. Come out for a great weekend of fun and fishing.  More information can be found on the NDEMSA website at  FYI, only 178 days until Christmas...  Here's hoping you have the chance to enjoy a few more sunny days before mother nature flips the script and reminds us where we live.

Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas on the Rural EMS Assistance Grant.  We received a variety of input that will help us going forward. While not everyone has agreed on the direction of the grant program I can ensure you that the work continues on improving how it is administered and making changes that will continue to improve EMS in North Dakota.  If you have questions on your agencies grant allocation we would ask that you contact the Division of EMS – Bismarck for additional information.  Again, we welcome your questions, comments and suggestions.  Please call me at 701-331-1830 anytime to share your thoughts.

On July 1st many North Dakota EMS Agencies officially switched to a new patient care report.  We hope that you were able to make this transition smoothly and with a little time it will be an easy adjustment for everyone.  Your squad leader should have received a series of e-mails with information on making the transition.  If you have any questions or require additional assistance with the ESO program, please contact ESO technical supporter DEMS at 701-328-2388 for more information.  

Thank you to everyone who came out for the 4th Annual EMS Management Conference in Bismarck. This was an outstanding educational opportunity for new and not-so-new leadership.  The speakers were able to share vital information on a variety of topics that will help us ensure our future success.  We hope that you'll be able to incorporate that information into what you do every day.  A sincere thanks to Curt Halmrast and Randal Severson for setting up the two-day workshop. We hope to see you all in Bismarck for the 5th Annual EMS Management Conference.

The North Dakota EMS Association will be hosting a series of meetings between Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and EMS agencies.  These sessions are a good opportunity to meet with local healthcare leaders, discuss regional issues and talk about solutions.  A number of meetings will be held around the state in 2018.  Our first CAH & EMS meeting will be July 16th at 6:30 pm in the Tioga Ambulance Department.  As soon as additional dates are set we will share those with you.  We hope that you will consider attending on of these regional meetings.

As our country prepares to celebrate our Independence Day we hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and Happy 4th of July. Thank you for what you do everyday!

We hope to see you soon at a North Dakota EMS Association event.

Jim Restemayer


From the Education Coordinator

Greetings fellow EMS providers,

The summer is in full swing and so are the NDEMSA summer courses and conferences. June started out with the 4th Annual Management Conference in Bismarck followed by the first of four Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses at the Choice Health and Fitness Center in Grand Forks.

Attendees at the Grand Forks MHFA course can say that they were one of the first in the Nation to participate in the new edition of EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and Dispatch version. This course is geared towards those professions. It focuses not only on the patients with mental health issues in the pre-hospital setting but also on mental health within our own profession.

Other MHFA courses will be offered in:

Fargo on Thursday July 19 at FM Ambulance

Bismarck on Tuesday August 14 at the Ramada Hotel

Jamestown on Thursday August 23 at the Hampton Inn

The NDEMSA is offering two EMS safety courses. The first will be in Fargo on Friday July 13 at FM Ambulance and in Jamestown on Tuesday August 7 at the Hampton Inn.

This course focuses on EMS safety awareness and understanding and reinforces decision making skills.

On Wednesday August 1 NDEMSA will be offering a Grant Writing and Strategic Planning workshop in Bismarck at the Ramada Hotel.

Grant Writing will consist of three mini sessions:

  • 1)    Organizational Expertise and Needs Statement
  • 2)    The Project Description (sell your program)
  • 3)    Program Evaluation

Strategic and Action Planning Workshop will focus on a six step process to unite Strategic and Action Planning to work as one.

For information and registration for these courses you can go to our webpage at:

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July.

Until next time,

Randal Severson

Education Coordinator


Greeting from the Regional Advisors,

These beautiful summer days always go by too quickly.  It’s hard to believe June is over.  Thank you to all those who attended the Management Conference in Bismarck.  It is always such a pleasure to visit with and learn from so many EMS leaders.

The Regional Advisors are planning a busy summer.  We will, once again, be organizing and facilitating Critical Access Hospital/EMS meetings around the state.  The first meeting will be held in Tioga on July 16th.  Five Critical Access Hospitals and nine ambulance services have been invited.  The dates and times for the other meetings are still being decided.  If your service receives an invitation to one of these meeting, please attend.  There are several critical issues facing our Critical Access Hospitals and ambulance services and your ideas, suggestions and constructive criticisms are vital to finding solutions. 

We have completed our Pilot Project of Ambulance Service Assessments/Strategic Planning with four services around the state.  We spent several hours with each service talking about the service structure, local issues and going over the “homework” we asked each service to provide.  We are hopeful that this project can continue later this fall and winter and we will keep you updated as we learn more.

Several ambulance services were successful in becoming taxing districts in the June election.  Local, sustainable funding is becoming more and more important.  If your service would like information on how to become a taxing district or other ways of getting local financial support or if you need examples of taxing district bylaws or budgets, please contact one of us.

We know how busy Fourth of July celebrations are for so many of our ambulance services and we wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth and a safe and happy summer.

Lynn Hartman


PJ Hardy


Tom Engen


NDEMSA Regional Advisors

EMS Safety Course

Offered 2 different Dates and Locations

Friday, July 13

8 am– 5 pm

FM Ambulance

2215 18th St. S

Fargo, ND


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: 

Friday, July 13, Fargo, ND                  

Tuesday, August 4, Jamestown, ND

Cost: $10.00 NDEMSA Members, $20.00 Nonmembers

Register for the EMS Safety Course Here


Grant Writing and      

Strategic Planning Workshop

August 1, 2018 – Bismarck

Register for the course Grant Writing & Strategic Planning Workshop  here


Course Objectives


Grant Writing Workshop

 Consists of 3 mini sessions:

Organizational Expertise & Needs Statement:

● Learn what kind of information funders want to know about your organization.

● Position key information about your organization and expertise.

● Create powerful case statements backed up by evidence and show why what you are doing matters.

 Communicate effectively to funders in the language they want.

The Project Description - Sell Your Program

● Learn how to write action-oriented goals and objectives.

● Focus on creating the right kind of details that build your case and excite prospective funders.

● Create eye-catching material.

● View examples of successful proposal materials.

Program Evaluation

● Discern what is important for evaluating whether or not a program is successful.

● Learn how to prove your program is successful.

● Learn how evaluation data can be used to improve your programs.


Strategic & Action Planning Workshop Descriptions

 Strategic Planning 101:

· Demystifying Strategic Planning

· Strategic Planning How-To

· Building a Toolbelt 

Action Planning Workshop:

Through a six-step process, nonprofits will be able to create an Organizational Action Plan to achieve their goals and increase their impact on the community!

Highlighted Six-Step Process:

1. Translate Goals

2. Create a Blueprint

3. Mobilize the Team

4. Align Finances

5. Monitor Progress

6. Revisit & Repeat


Course Schedule 

Grant Writing 101– 10am-1pm

Strategic Planning 101– 2pm-4pm

Action Planning Workshop– 4pm-5pm

*Lunch is on your own*

Register for the course Grant Writing & Strategic Planning Workshop here


Management Essentials Training

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.

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.

July 19 -  FM Ambulance, 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.

Don’t miss the North Dakota EMS Leadership Academy Level I training! Join us July 28-29 for a great opportunity to enhance leadership skills, address challenges, and take back tools and resources for improving EMS within your community. Call 701-328-2388 or email to register today!

Levels must be taken in sequential order to be eligible to attend. 

The 4th Annual EMS Management Conference

Management Conference 2018

On June 4 & 5 the ND EMS Association held its 4th annual Management conference at the Ramada Hotel in Bismarck. There were 55 registered attendees.

Nine speakers were on hand to deliver keynote, breakout and panel discussion sessions. The conference started out with a panel discussion on the Challenges Facing our EMS System Today. This one hour session had a wide variety of discussion not only from the panel but also those in attendance.

Monday afternoon continued with speakers Kim Granfor, Dan Batsie, Kay Kressin and Neil Frame giving presentations on Accounts Receivable, Leadership Pitfalls, Social Media and EMS and Documentation. The day ended with a General Session and Dinner. Dan Batsie (Bate-See) NRP, EMS Chief-State of Vermont gave the keynote “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Role of Mentoring in EMS”. There were several course evaluations that stated the Association should bring Dan back for the State conference in April. Guess what? We have locked him in and we are looking forward to having him back.

Tuesday was filled with more interesting and educational topics. Megan Laudenschlager, Executive Director of Strengthen ND presented on Grant writing while Dan Batsie spoke about Leadership. Our Regional Advisors gave a panel discussion on “Attract, Retain and Engage. Neil Frame wrapped up his day with Billing & Reimbursement.

Before Dan left for his home in Vermont he gave a keynote during the lunch hour. Bullies, Bigmouths and Braggarts: Why a Culture of Intimidation is Holding Your EMS Service Back. Not only was the food great but so was his presentation. Thanks Dan and we will see you in April.
The last breakout session, PJ Hardy NRP, NDEMSA Regional Advisor and Operations Director for Ringdahl EMS spoke on Quality Improvement while Jason Eblen, NRP, QI/QA Specialist for FM Ambulance spoke on Patient Care Reporting.

The conference wrapped up with Katy Kressin NRP, Outreach Coordinator/Flight Paramedic, Sanford AirMed, giving the closing keynote, “Do EMS Agencies Need to Market Their Services?” Great job Katy.

Thank you to everyone who attended, presented and assisted with the 4th Annual Management Conference.

NDEMSA Upcoming Events

July 13, 2018 EMS Safety- Fargo 

July 16, 2018 EMS and Critical Access Hospital Meetings- Tioga

July 19, 2018 Mental Health First Aid Training for EMS and Fire - Fargo  

August 1, 2018, Strategic Planning/Grant Writing Class- Bismarck                       

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

August 7, 2018 EMS Safety- Jamestown

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

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

Other Events Held in July/August of 2018
* Critical Access Hospital/EMS Meetings



North Dakota EMS Association

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