North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

November NDEMSA Newsletter

From the President

Greetings Members!

Welcome to one of the best months of the year! November is a time when families start to come together and enjoy the start of the holidays to come. Having been in EMS for over 30+ years, I have missed many family functions over the holidays, but, have been blessed to make up for the lost time with my family and spend it with my second family…EMS.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the upcoming regional conferences and the annual rendezvous. All of these conferences will have some fine lecturers and excellent training topics. I encourage all of you to consider to attend these conferences if you hadn’t already chosen to.

With that said, many of you will miss out on family functions as well and I for one would like to tell of you to please enjoy your holidays, stay safe and make a difference!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kelly Dollinger


From the Education Coordinator

Greetings fellow EMS providers,

The Association is now providing the fall Online EMR course. The course started on Sunday October 21 and will conclude on Saturday December 22. Upon completion of the course, students will be given a written and practical exam. Once they have become State certified, EMR’s they will have a one year free membership to the Association. Thank you to the students and to the sponsors who will be mentoring them.

The planning committee for the 2019 Rendezvous will be meeting this month in Jamestown. We will be starting to schedule speakers for this event. As of now, over 20 national speakers have sent in proposals. With more proposals arriving daily I expect that the planning on “Brain Day” will offer the “nice” problem of who do we choose. It looks like the Rendezvous is going to be another exceptional conference.

Phase II education (Sepsis, High Quality CPR and Documentation) is still being offered and will be until the end of November. Also we are still offering the Mission LifeLine Stroke education. If you have not received this education please contact me and I will get your service in touch with your educator. These classes are available to you free and at your hometown service.  

Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for the three remaining Regional Conferences this winter.  You can find the dates and much more information on our web page.

Until next time, be safe and have a great Thanksgiving.

Randal Severson

NDEMSA Education Coordinator

Taking Applications for Presenters for the 44th 

EMS Rendezvous

The conference committee is now accepting applications for the 44th EMS Rendezvous. 

If you are interested in being considered to present at the 2019 North Dakota EMS Rendezvous Conference and Trade show you must have your materials submitted by November 9th.  All proposals must include the following:

·  Presenter's resume,

·  Short biography of the presenter

·  A high resolution, publicity photo (if selected, this photo will be used on our website and in the Conference Program Book)

·  Descriptions of the presentations. If you are unfamiliar with the National Continued Competency Program you can find it here. Please look at the categories and pick which one(s) the topic fits into along with the amount of time each category will be presented.

Proposals will be held for one year. Please resubmit after that time.
Proposals and topics may be submitted via email

The Southwest Conference Update

The Southwest Conference was held September 19 through the 20th. The weekend kicked off with the preconference "Active Triage and Mass Casualty Incident Tabletop Drill" followed by "12- Lead Interpretation". 

Saturday and Sunday offered a variety of  topics, Mental Health, Opioids, Hemorrhage Control, Self Protection, VADs, Special Healthcare, Pediatrics, Post Resuscitation, Neuro/Seizures, Strokes, and Research are just a few. 

The Southwest Regional Meeting was held on Sunday. Members discussed what topics they would like to see at the 2019 SW conference, dates it should be held, and other ND EMS happenings such as awards and elections. 

Thank you to Southwest Region's President Suzan Hanson, Regional Advisor Lynn Hartman, and board of directors Darrell West, Adam Parker, and Tyler Kientopf for all the work put into making this conference a success. 

Thank you to the following presenters for taking time out of your busy schedule- Colton Belmore, Ann Hafner, Marcy Dawson, Tom Dobrzynski, Ron Lawler, Ben Badon, John Woutat, Mona Thompson, Dr. Carrie Ranum, Dr. Josh Ranum, Angie Sayler, Robert Fontenot, Pat Lothspeich, Kelly Dollinger, Jay Skarphol, and Micheal Jamison. 

Thank you to our sponsors

North Dakota Safety Council

Sanford EMS Education

Sanford AirMed


Billings County Ambulance

Killdeer Ambulance


Dickinson Ambulance

Next year's conference will be September 20-22nd, 2019.

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 began on July 1, 2018.  Interested candidates are 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 Nomination and Election Rules here. As per 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 18th through March 4th , 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. 

American Income Life

Next week, members will be mailed a letter and yellow card from American Income Life with details of the no-cost $3,500 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit and Health Services Discount.  If you fill out and return this yellow card to American Income Life, you will receive a certificate of coverage and name your beneficiary. Returning the card will also get a health services discount card for you and your family. A representative may also contact you to see if you are interested in other insurance American Income Life can offer to you. As a member of the North Dakota EMS Association you will still receive the $3,500 Death and Dismemberment benefit even if you do not return the card. If you are contacted by American Income Life regarding other insurance options you can say no and your benefits will not be affected.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this benefit, please call the office at 701-221-0567 or email  

Regional Conferences Information


The NW region conference will be held January 19-20, 2019 at the Grand Hotel in Minot.    

All information including the brochure, hotel information, topics, and registration is available on 

our website about mid-November


The SE region conference will be held the following weekend on February 1-3, 2019 at the 

Quality Inn & Suites in Jamestown.  

All information including the brochure, hotel information, topics, and registration will be 

available about mid-November.


The NE region conference will be held a couple weekends later on February 16-17, 2019 at 

the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Building and lodging arrangements at the 

Ramada Hotel in Grand Forks.  

All information including the brochure, hotel information, topics, and registration will be 

available about early December.

For all your conference updates and needs visit

Please be sure to book your HOTEL EARLY!  Hotel room blocks book quickly!

            NDEMSA Upcoming Events

                  December 12, 2018 NDEMSA Board Meeting                  

December 31, 2018 Nominations for the Board of Directors Due

January 19-20, 2019 NW Conference - Minot

January 29, 2019 EMS Day at the Capital

February 1-3, 2019 SE Conference - Jamestown

February 16-17, 2019 NE Conference - Grand Forks

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


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