North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association


   October                 Newsletter

From the President  

The success of the North Dakota EMS Association depends largely on the involvement of its individual members.  As your representative EMS organization here in North Dakota our goals include lobbying our legislature to create positive changes in communities across our state; holding conferences that reach larger audiences and offer educational value to providers at every level; providing training for new EMS leaders as well as much much more.  Your membership in NDEMSA builds that success.  We are very proud of the influence we have on EMS in North Dakota.  Please consider helping make those things happen by renewing your NDEMSA membership.

That positive change is also contingent on active participation within the association.  The North Dakota EMS Association Board of Directors is led by interested and active individuals.  The work that they do as well as the time, talents, and energy they bring to the table helps make us a great organization.  NDEMSA is currently accepting applications for officers and directors.  The deadline to submit a nomination for a position it December 31, 2017.  Once received, that information is posted on the website so that everyone has a chance to see who's running before they cast their ballot in February.

Information on Phase II of the 2017 North Dakota EMS Assistance Grants will be coming out soon.  Agencies that have a significant financial need should consider applying for the funds.  When you get the application please read through the material thoroughly.  We understand that the process is not a perfect situation for every service that applies, but the funds will help meet a significant number of EMS needs across our state.  We do want to thank the DEMS staff for putting a great deal of time into developing this grant.  If you have any questions on the grant application or the application process please contact the ND Division of EMS at 701-328-2388.

We are pleased to announce that the Leadership Academy is returning to North Dakota.  DEMS has scheduled the four levels of leadership this year to allow providers the opportunity to attend or continue attending one of the four leadership levels. 

            Level 1 – October 12-13, 2017           From Management to Leadership Of An Organization         

            Level 2 – October 14-15, 2017           Showing Up As A Leader

            Level 3 – December 7-8, 2017           Moving Your Organization Forward

            Level 4 – December 9 & 10, 2017     Your Specific Role and Challenges

This is an excellent opportunity for your Service Director or those in a leadership role (don't forget Medical Directors and Board Members) to network with other squad leaders and learn more about guiding your agency in to the future.  All of the sessions will be held in Bismarck, ND.  Additional course information can be found on the North Dakota EMS Association website at  Please consider signing up for one or more of the four outstanding sessions.

I want to say thank-you to everyone that came out to the North Dakota EMS Association Southwest Conference in Medora September 29 – October 01, 2017.  We appreciate all of the providers who gave their time and attention.  Not only is this is a beautiful venue to hold the session, but the Directors and Staff did an excellent job putting together a superb weekend of fun and education.  We extend our thanks to everyone who had a role in putting together the southwest regional conference. 

NDEMSA will be sponsoring three additional regional conferences after the 1st of the year.  These weekend conferences will offer a great mix of NCCR and LCCR education.  Upcoming dates for the regional conferences are:

            January 12-14, 2018   Jamestown, ND

            January 26-28, 2018   Minot, ND

            February 16-18, 2018 Grand Forks, ND

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the 43rd Annual NDEMSA Rendezvous Conference & Tradeshow April 12-14, 2018 in Bismarck, ND.  Please check the NDEMSA website at for updates and information on these and other upcoming EMS educational opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming NDEMSA event.  Thank you for what you do in your community every day!

Jim Restemayer, President

North Dakota EMS Association



The 2017 SW Regional Conference



Eighty-six people attended the Southwest Region EMS Conference, September 29th- October 1st at the Medora Community Center. NDEMSA partnered with North Dakota Safety Council to offer Oil and Gas Training to Emergency First Responders.

A huge thank you to SIM ND, Regions Hospital, Steve Braden, Garret Foss, Tyler Keintopf, Skyler Dutton, Don Moseman, Tom Dobrzynski, Ann Hafner, Malissa Smith, Dustin Austin, Ron Lawler, Misty Peck, Lindsey Schaaf, Dr. Kuylen, Dr. Dwelle. and Marcy Dawson for presenting at the SW conference. We appreciate all you taking the time to share your knowledge.

Thank you to the SW board members Suzan Hanson, Linda Lindemann, Adam Parker, and Darrell West for doing such a wonderful job of bringing this conference together. Lastly, thank you to all the sponsors who helped with the door prizes and the attendees for making this conference a success! 

Next year, the conference will be held September 28th- 30th, 2018.

Call for Candidates for the 2018 NDEMSA Officer and Regional Director Positions

Positions up for election in 2018 include;

· -          President

· -          Secretary/ Treasurer

· -          Two (2) Directors in each region

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

To be eligible for the President and the Secretary/ Treasurer position, candidates must be a current NDEMSA member and have previously served a full term on the NDEMSA board.  The president and secretary/ treasurer terms will begin at the ND EMS Rendezvous after the annual meeting.

To be an eligible candidate for the regional director’s position, (s)he must be a current NDEMSA member and will run in his/her respective region.  The director’s term commences 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 2018 ballot for the President or Secretary/ Treasurer, please complete the nomination form, which can be found at

How to Become a Candidate

The new process has nominations beginning July 1, 2017.  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, 2017. This deadline allows for adequate time for candidates’ biography 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

As of 2017, regional directors’ nominations and elections will no longer be held at the regional meetings. The election will be held between February 19 and March 4th, immediately after the Northeast 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. It is hoped that this change in policy will get more interested individuals that have been unable to attend conference to run for a position and also have an opportunity to vote. 


NDEMSA is now Accepting Award Applications


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

The deadline for all awards, both regional and statewide,is March 1, 2018.  All nominationsmust be submitted online at

The awards committee reviews the submissions, and notifiesthe nominator whether or not their submission was chosen. This will allow thosewho did win an award to make plans to attend the 2018 EMS Rendezvous AwardsBanquet and Table of Honor Ceremony on Saturday evening, April14, 2018 in Bismarck.  Some nominators choose to keep the award a“secret” while others are told ahead of time.  The awards committee willonly notify the nominator, not the nominee.    

The 2018 regional awards include SirenAward, Rising Star Award, Telecommunications Award, and the Service of the YearAward.  One regional service of the year nominee is chosen for the stateEMS Service of the Year.

The statewide awards for 2018 include MediaAward, Medical Director of the Year, Grace Knapp Award, Distinguished ServiceAward, and EMS Provider of the Year Award.

The Table of Honor Ceremony pays tribute tothose 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 HonorCeremony.  The first ten Table of Honor nominations will be chosen.

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

Silent Auction Items needed

The annual EMS Rendezvous is still several months away but we are already working on the silent auction.  This year the money raised will help pay for the 4th Annual Management Conference that will benefit EMS personnel across our state.

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

Taking Applications for Presenters for the 43rd EMS Rendezvous

The conference committee is now accepting applications forthe 43rd EMS Rendezvous. 

If you are interested in being considered to present at the2018 North Dakota EMS Rendezvous Conference and Trade show you must have yourmaterials submitted by November 10.  All proposals mustinclude the following:

·  Presenter's resume,

·  Short biography of the presenter

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

If you are unfamiliar with the National Continued CompetencyProgram you can find it here. North Dakota is part of the NREMT pilot program. Pleaselook at the categories and pick which one(s) the topic fits into along with theamount of time each category will be presented.

Proposals will be held for one year. Please resubmit afterthat time.
Proposals and topics may besubmitted via email

Fall Response Times Articles Due November 1st

If you have an article that you would like to post in the Fall Response Time. Please get your information in before November 2nd. NDEMSA is interested in promoting what your squad is doing in your community. 

The North Dakota EMS Leadership Academy: Course Information

Level I: From Management to Leadership of the EMS Organization

(Limit 26 Attendees)

October 12-13, 2017

· How to blend the roles of both leading and managing and how to know the difference

· Stepping beyond a paradigm of reactivity, symptom management and scarcity

· The characteristics of great EMS organizations

· How to create a culture people rave about

· Leading today’s EMS workforce

· Recruiting the people you really want

· A leadership approach to discipline

· How to master delegation

· Matching responsibility with empowerment

Level III: Moving Your Organization Forward

(Limit 26 Attendees)

December 7-8, 2017

· How to identify what needs to change in your  organization

· Clarifying what really matters to you, employees, customers, the public and the success of the organization

· Imagination, and why it is an important practical tool for leaders

· Why most strategic planning fails and how to plan differently

· Creating the vision for change

· Taking big visions and reducing them to small bites

· A new approach to EMS quality that actually makes sense and produces results

· The practice of leadership in real case studies

Level II: Showing up as a Leader

(Limit 26 Attendees)

October 14-15, 2017

· What makes a great leader (beyond the theory)?

· How one person influences another

· Getting clear about what stops us from leading

· How to master the clock

· A stepped approach to fear and failure

· Developing the capacity to really listen and why listening matters

· How to expand your influence

· How to influence the people above you

· Ethically navigating power and politics

Telling powerful stories and why stories matter

Level IV: Your Specific Role and Challenges: 

      A Retreat

(Limit 26 Attendees)

December 9-10, 2017

· Participants set the agenda in a facilitated Retreat-style session that focuses specifically on each participant’s leadership roles and organizational challenges.

· Participants come with the specific challenges they are facing in their roles and in their organizations.

· Utilizing an “open space” format, participants choose the topics.

· Brief presentations are made on the topics, and the balance of the allotted time is used to workshop each topic with discussion, exercises and sharing best (and worst) practices. 



The cost of this course is $100 per level. To register click here


All Courses will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott, Bismarck

$69.00 Room Rate


Block Rate will end a month before course date 

NDEMSA Leadership Academy October

Start date: 10/12/17
End date: 10/15/17
Last day to book: 9/14/17

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

·  Courtyard Bismarck North  for 91.00 USD  per night

Book your group rate for NDEMSA Leadership Academy October 

NDEMSA Leadership Academy December

Start date: 12/7/17
End date: 12/10/17
Last day to book: 11/9/17

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

·  Courtyard Bismarck North  for 91.00 USD  per night

Book your group rate for NDEMSA Leadership Academy December 

Course Details

The courses will begin at 10 am-6 pm on the 1st day. Lunch is included.

The 2nd- 4th day sessions will begin at 9 am and conclude about 5 pm. Lunch is included.

Participants are responsible for making their hotel arrangements, lodging costs, and mileage. Also note the hotel block deadline, hotel availability in Bismarck is very limited. Currently a $300 per participant reimbursement is available from the DEMS.

The cost of this course is $100 per level. To register click here

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Upcoming NDEMSA Events 

October 12-13, 2017 Leadership Level I, Bismarck ND

October 14-15, 2017 Leadership Level II, Bismarck ND

December 7-8, 2017 Leadership Level III, Bismarck ND

December 9-10, 2017 Leadership Level IV, Bismarck ND

December 31, 2017 All Open Board Positions and Officer Nominations Due

January 12-14, 2018 SE Conference, Jamestown ND

January 27-28, 2018 NW Conference, Minot ND

February 17-18, 2018 NE Conference,  Grand Forks ND

March 1, 2018 All Award Nominations Due

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


NDEMSA Information

Contact Us

701-221-0567 Phone
701-221-0693 Fax

1622 East Interstate Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58503


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