North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

Annual Conference Edition
March Monthly Newsletter

The 43rd Annual North Dakota EMS Association Rendezvous and Trade-Show will be April 12-14, 2018 in Bismarck, ND.  We are incredibly proud to offer one of the largest, longest running and we think best EMS conferences in the country.  There are over 60 hours of continuing education available for providers at every level.  Attendees have the chance to visit with more than 50 vendors.  There's also a one of a kind opportunity to meet and network with other EMS Providers from across the state and nation.  We hope to see you in Bismarck!

Over the next few months the NDEMSA will be asking for your thoughts and opinions on a variety of issues.  These surveys will ask questions on how we can better share information, ways we may be better advocates, how we might improve training and more.  We hope that you'll take a few moments to share your ideas and suggestions.  Ultimately, helping us to offer you a better product. 

Thank you to Linda Lindemann, Southwest Director from Mott, ND and Ed Bina, Northeast Director from Northwood, ND for your years of dedicated service to the NDEMSA.  Linda and Ed have chosen not to run for reelection as a Director in 2018.  We appreciate the time you've offered and all that you have done on behalf of the NDEMSA.  You both are truly an asset to ND EMS.  Thank you to your family and squad as well for sharing you with the whole state.  We hope that you'll continue to be a presence in your region and beyond. 

 Lastly, I want to thank everyone who participated in the 2018 NDEMSA elections.  We have a number of individuals who have offered their time and talents to the EMS Association Board.  Thank you for your willingness to be part of bettering the EMS system here in North Dakota. 

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming NDEMSA event!  Be safe.

Jim Restemayer, President

North Dakota EMS Association

Join us April 12,13,14, 2018 for the 43rd Annual EMS Rendezvous!!


Register Early: Save $30.00 by registering for the conference by March 29, 2018.

Schedule and Speakers Can Be Viewed HERE

How to Register:  The easiest and preferred method is on-line at HERE or you can mail your registration to EMS 2018, ND EMS Association, 1622 East Interstate Ave. Bismarck, ND 58503.  Those registering as a group (greater than 6) will need to register via mail using the special form found HERE.

Registration Fee Includes:  The education sessions (including all bonus sessions) refreshment breaks, access to the exhibit hall, the vendor preview, Saturday night awards banquet, and admission to the Friday night entertainment.

Exhibit Hall Hours 

Support our exhibitors by visiting the exhibit hall.  All snacks and refreshments will be provided in the exhibit hall during the breaks.  Door prizes will be given away in designated booths at announced times during the breaks.  You must be present to win!

Thursday, April 12

6:00 pm- 8:00 pm          Vendor Preview with Cash Bar and Hors D’oeuvres!

Friday, April 13

7:30 am- 4:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am- 9:30 am          Snacks and Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

12:00 pm- 1:00 pm        Lunch on your own – Exhibit Hall open

2:00 pm- 2:30 pm          Snacks and Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

Saturday, April 14

9:00 am- 1:00 pm          Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am- 9:30 am          Snacks and Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

12:00 pm-1:00 pm           Lunch on your own – Exhibit Hall open

1:00 pm                           Exhibit Hall Closes

2:15 pm- 2:30 pm          Snacks and Refreshments in the Atriums


NDEMSA has secured continuing education credits for Law Enforcement from the ND POST Board.  If you are taking advantage of these hours, please sign-in on the POST registration sheet Daily.  A new sheet is available for each day.


The ND Board of Nursing has approved 21.58 contact hours for the 43rd annual EMS Rendezvous.To take advantage of the nursing hours, you must attend select sessions to obtain the necessary credits.  Approved sessions include:


Post Resuscitation

Surprise! What Do I Do with That

Every Breath You Take: The Most Common Respiratory Diagnosis

Pain Management

How Dirty Are You

One Pill One Kill: Deadly Pediatric Poisonings

All Shook Up: Seizures

Stroke Severity Triage Scales and Large Vessel Occlusions

The Incredible Hulk

Basic 12 Lead Interpretation

Waiting to Exhale: Capnography

Toxic Avenger: Sepsis

Recreational Pharmaceuticals

But We Have Always Done it This Way

Ventricular Assist Devices


The Magic Behind the Medicine

Here I Come Ready or Not

That’s a Shocker

Killer Bees: Anaphylaxis

Gimme Some Sugar


The ND Board of Social Work Examiners has approved 6 contact hrs and one Ethics hr for the EMS Rendezvous. Social Workers must attend approved session to earn credit hrs.

. Selected sessions are:

Suicides of EMS (Healthcare) Providers: Increasing Awareness and How to Help Before It's Too Late

Better Mental Through a Creative Mind

Into the Tunnel-Tunnel Vision Stress Response

Death and Dying

The Problem Child

Readin and Rightin: Documentation and How to Write It Right

The Ethical Dilemma: Ethics Outside the Box.


EMR’s can attend the 2018 EMS Rendezvous to recertify their EMR certification.  You must obtain 16 hours of CEU credits by attending 8 hours of specific NCCR content, and 8 hours of LCCR content.  If you do not receive the entire 16 hours of CEU’s at the Rendezvous you can obtain remaining hours at your EMS agency or elsewhere.  Please see the chart below or visit our website for more information on the subject matter for each NCCR category.

handout will be provided at the Rendezvous to better assist EMR’s on which NCCR sessions are applicable to their recertification.

Required National (NCCR) = 8 Hours

Airway, Respiration and Ventilation – 1 hour

Cardiovascular – 2.5 hours

Trauma – 0.5 hour

Medical – 3 hours

Operations – 1 hour

*CPR refresher completion is applicable toward 2.5 NCCR hours in the Airway and Cardiovascular categories.

Required Local (LCCR) = 4 Hours

Required Individual (ICCR) = 4 Hours

You must have at least three (3) different subjects in the LCCR and ICCR categories.  This can include EVOC, Auto Extrication, and other medical-related courses and certifications. 

Silent Auction Items needed

We are looking for ambulance services or individuals willing to donate items for the auction.  We are hoping that services will put together a “Theme Basket” that is filled with items donated from their community.

If you are interested in donating you can contact: 

Jeri Warrenburg

701-208-1186 or 701-694-6204

Greetings fellow EMS providers,

On Sunday February 20th the Regional Conference season wrapped up in Grand Forks. Kudos to all the directors of the 4 regions. Your time and effort in offering excellent educational opportunities is appreciated.

The Association is working with Mission Lifeline to offer Stroke education to the ambulance services across the state. Instructors will soon be given the educational material. Look for them to contact your service to schedule a class.

Phase II-III will be starting up soon. The Education Committee meets next month to discuss current topics along with new ones. Once again look for your instructor to contact your service for scheduling a date.

The annual Rendezvous will start off with a pre-conference on Thursday April 12th.There are opportunities galore to learn and experience new ideas and earn educational credits at the same time. I hope to see most of you there.

Until next time,

Randal Severson

Education Coordinator

The Northeast Region EMS Conference

More than 95 people gathered at the Townhouse in Grand Forks to learn, network and participate in the 2018 Northeast Conference. A wide array of topics were covered most of them being NCCR. If you are interested in seeing the entire line up of the courses offered visit We were very grateful to the following speakers to come and share their knowledge and passion for EMS-

Randy Severson– North Dakota EMS Association

Chad Jacobson– Altru Health Systems

Katy Kressin– Sanford AirMed/ NDEMSA SE Regional Advisor

Jan Samson– Cavalier Ambulance/ NDEMSA NE Regional Advisor

Tom Ziedlik- Altru Health Systems

Tyler Kientopf- Sanford Health EMS Education

Eric Toutenhoofd– Altru Health Systems/  NDEMSA NE Regional Advisor

Ron Lawler– Sanford Health EMS Education/ NDEMSA Education Appointee

Nicole Jorgenson- Altru Health System

Ryan Nelson- Enbridge

Katie Haasager- Enbridge

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:






Thank you to regional directors Eric Toutenhoofd, Jan Samson, Ed Bina, and Bill Tuttle for setting up the conference. Thank you to Muddy Rivers for the supplying the meeting rooms and snacks.

BIG thank you to all those who attended the NE Conference. We appreciate everything you do for EMS.

Instructor Coordinator Refresher/ Training   Officer Update


The 2018 Dates to Choose From:

Thursday, April 12th from 8 am to 5 pm

Ramkota Hotel

 800 S 3rd St,

Bismarck, ND 58504

(701) 258-7700

Room Rate for April 11th is $99.00. The EMS Block will be released March  12th, 2018. Ask for the “ND EMS” block rate.

Tuesday, June 6th from

8am to 5pm

Quality Suites

507 25th St. SW
Jamestown, ND 58401
(701) 252-3611 

Room Rate for 89.99. The EMS Block will be released May 6, 2018. Ask for the “ND EMS” block.

What is needed for  I/C License Renewal?

· Complete an 8 hour Instructor Coordinator/Continuing Education Coordinator Refresher

· Have at least a 70% pass rate in both cognitive and psychomotor examinations for NREMT primary certification courses.

· Have participated as the course coordinator or primary instructor in at least one initial EMS training course within the 2 year licensure period.

· Persons that are employed or affiliated with a licensed training institution may  submit documentation of 8 hours of adult education training to satisfy the relicensure  requirements.

· CECs are only required to take the 8 hour refresher course.

Instructor Coordinators must have taught an initial primary EMS course  during their current I/C certification cycle to meet the requirements for recertification. I/C’s who attend the refresher and have not met this  requirement for recertification will be recertified as a CEC.

These 2 schedules classes are the only I/C Refresher courses currently scheduled in 2018.

To Register for the April 12th Course Click here

To Register for the June 6th Course Click here

Greetings NDEMSA members,

The Marketing/Membership committee is looking at ways that we can make this association better for you, it’s members.  Since this is your association, we would like to hear from you on what we can improve or add and what you prefer as means of communication.

By now you should have received an email with a survey link. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey so we can continue to make this association better for its members.\

Members who fill out the survey will be entered a drawing to win a NDEMSA shirt.Thank you in advance for taking the time to help with this project and we look forward to seeing you at the Rendezvous in April.

Jeri Warrenburg

Marketing/Membership Committee-Chair



Second Chances

“Oh God of second chances and new beginnings, here I am again.”

 I love this little prayer.  It was written by Nancy Spiegelberg, a very smart and insightful person.   I can’t claim to be particularly religious.  Most of my prayer time is on Wednesday nights just before they announce the winning power ball numbers and I don’t know of a denomination that would claim me, except to use as a bad example, but I love this little prayer.  I think I like it so much because I mess up so much.  I am often in need of another chance, a new beginning, and a little (sometimes a lot) of forgiveness. 

 I used to like to play golf.  I think one of the reasons I liked golf was that sometimes my friends and I took “mulligans.”  If you’re not a golfer, a mulligan is a second chance.  If you didn’t like the shot you just made, you could try again.  No penalty.  A free second chance.  A chance to do better.

We don’t get mulligans on ambulance calls.  There have been lots of times over the years that I would like to have said to a patient as we were arriving at the hospital: “You know, this call just didn’t go the way I wanted, so we’re going to take you back home and start over.  We’re taking a mulligan.”  We only have one chance on each ambulance call, one chance to get it right. 

But that’s not the case with our ambulance services and our EMS system.  We have the opportunity every day to make changes, to evaluate what’s working and what isn’t.  I heard someone say once that to make progress, we have to be lifelong learners and that means accepting that some of the things we thought were true, are not.  I can’t think of a better example of lifelong learners than EMS people.  That’s what we do.  Our ambulance services and our EMS system have some difficult decisions to make.  We need to ask some hard questions.  We will need to listen to some hard answers.

The Regional Advisors and members of the Board of Directors of the NDEMSA have been working with services as they ask some of those questions and evaluate their futures.  I am encouraged by the number of services that have contacted us and even more encouraged by the number of ambulance services willing to help each other.  Every time I have asked a service if they would be willing to share their knowledge, information and experiences with another service, the answer has been an immediate “Yes.  Absolutely. Just tell us what you need and how we can help.”

No ambulance service in North Dakota has to face the future alone.  There are people willing to listen and to help.  Reach out.  EMS is filled with good people with a wealth of talent and experience and unique strengths.  As a good friend once said to me while we were on a road trip to visit an ambulance service, “I don’t know everything.  I don’t have all the answers.  I’m not as smart as Stephen Hawking, but I am a better dancer.”  

Upcoming NDEMSA Events

April 12, 2018 IC Refresher, Bismarck, ND

April 12-14, 2018 43rd EMS Rendezvous Conference, Bismarck, ND

June 4-5, 2018 Management Conference, Bismarck ND

September 28-30, 2018 SW Conference,  Medora, ND 

January 19-20, 2019 NW Conference, Minot ND

February 1-3, 2019 SE Conference, Jamestown ND 


North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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