North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

October NDEMSA Newsletter

From the President

Greetings Members

On Thursday September 27th NDEMSA held a board meeting in Bismarck. This was a long meeting, yet very productive.I thank the Board Members for their long day and due diligence during this meeting.

A couple of things that came out of the board meeting that may be of interest to the members:

1)      Board meetings are now on a set schedule. They will be every Wednesday of the 3rd week of the 3rd month of the quarter starting in March. The next board meeting will be December 12th, 2018.

2)      I have encouraged the regional board presidents to start taking an active role in articles for the Response Times.

3)      The Vice-President position was addressed and it was decided on by board vote to leave it vacant and allow the natural progression of the next general election to seat the new Vice President.

The SW Region Conference was held in Medora September 28-29. There was a good turn out and they had some exceptional speakers. It was a well-rounded conference with NCCR, ICCR, & LCCR hours obtainable.

I would like to thank the ND Safety Council and Hess for partnering with the SW Region to put on a good conference.

The next regional conference is set to be the NW Regional Conference held in Minot January 19-20, 2019. SE Regional conference will be in Jamestown February 1-3, 2019 and the NE Regional conference will be in Grand Forks February 15-17, 2019.

In closing I would like to tell the Association members that I am going to strive to maintain transparency.  To help with this I will be putting out emails to all members with periodic updates of the day-to-day goings on with the Association. I will have an open door policy to speak to members on anything effecting EMS. I encourage the members to seek out their representative(s) in your respected regions as well.

You can reach me by either contacting the office or you can call me directly.

Stay safe,

Kelly Dollinger

NDEMSA– President

From the Education Coordinator

Greetings fellow EMS providers,

I hope everyone had a great summer. Once again it flew by. If seems the older one gets the faster time goes and it doesn’t help when September acts more like October. Enough said.

This past summer the Association held Mental Health First Aid classes in Grand Forks, Jamestown, and Bismarck. Those that attended this class received 8 hours of continuing education along with excellent information on depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance abuse, eating disorders, and first aid for mental health crisis. I would like to thank Ashley Ladbury Hrichena from FirstLink for all the great classes and information that she provided.

Sanford Health EMS Education offered an 8 hour NAEMT EMS Safety course this past August in Jamestown. Attendees were given information on how to identify and manage the daily hazards that EMS providers encounter, situational awareness, driving hazards and how to combat chronic and critical incident stress. Great job Sanford Health EMS Educators!

The last class offered was a Management Essentials class in Jamestown on August 27th. This six hour workshop focused on manager mindset, different conversational models, and essential skills for having conversations that create positive relationships. Thank you Mary Beth Burns from NDSCS for leading this workshop.

This fall our Phase II instructors will once again be offering the septic shock, high performance CPR and documentation class. These same instructors will also be offering the Mission Lifeline Stroke class. For information on who your local instructors are or how to contact them, please contact me and I will correspond with them.

The fall online EMR class will start October 21st and run through December 22nd. For specific information you can contact me. You can register on our web page at

Until next time, have a safe and hopefully long autumn season.

Randal Severson

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. 

NDEMSA is now accepting Award Applications

The deadline for all awards, both regional and statewide, is March 1, 2019.  All nominations must be submitted online at

The awards committee reviews the submissions and notifies the nominator whether or not their submission was selected. This will allow those who did win an award to make plans to attend the 2019 EMS Rendezvous Awards Banquet and Table of Honor Ceremony on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019 in Bismarck.  Some nominators choose to keep the award a “secret” while others are told ahead of time.  The awards committee will only notify the nominator, not the nominee.    

The 2019 regional awards include Siren Award, Rising Star Award, Telecommunications Award, and the Service of the Year Award.  One regional service of the year nominee is chosen for the state EMS Service of the Year.

The statewide awards for 2019 include Media Award, Medical Director of the Year, Grace Knapp Award, Distinguished Service Award, and EMS Provider of the Year Award.

The Table of Honor Ceremony pays tribute to those 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 Honor Ceremony.  The first ten Table of Honor nominations will be chosen.

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

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!

Lessons Learned:

Route 91 Shooting in

 Las Vegas

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

6:30 – 8:00 pm

The Delta Hotel

1635 42nd Street SW, Fargo, ND

Presentation to be given by D. Troy Tuke, RN, NREMT-P,

Assistant Fire Chief at Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas, NV

The primary presentation objective is to understand the details associated with the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. This presentation will include response overviews from Law Enforcement, EMS, and Emergency Management perspectives.

Attendees will receive 1.5 LEO hours and 1.5 NCCR hours

For questions, please contact

Nicole Brunelle – (701) 328-1026   or   Vicki Black – (701) 364-8424

Sponsored by:

Essentia Health

North Dakota Department of Health - Division of Emergency Medical Systems

North Dakota Trauma Foundation

1st Annual North Dakota

Emergency Medical Services

Foundation Fishing Tournament

Tournament Placements

Found Here

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. 

                   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

February 1-3, 2019 SE Conference - Jamestown

February 16-17, 2019 NE Conference - Grand Forks

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


North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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