North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

Annual Conference Edition

March Monthly Newsletter

Greetings NDEMSA,

As I am typing this up, I am sitting in the 2020 National State EMS Networking Conference. This conference was established right here in ND approximately 12 years ago and are now hosting it again.

This year’s conference is being attended by association leaders from Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Kansas, Indiana, and of course North Dakota.

Many good ideas have been tossed around and discussed to include topics as pension funds, marketing strategies using social media, board involvement/engagement just to include a few.

On a different note, we are incredibly proud to offer one of the largest, longest running and we think best EMS conferences in the country.  The 45th Annual NDEMSA State Conference is April 2-4, 2020. The conference committee has been working very hard to ensure this conference is yet another success. The line up for the 45th promises to be a good one with 11 national speakers and as many local speakers. This is also a one of a kind opportunity to meet and network with other EMS Providers from across the state and nation. 

I would like to thank Eric Toutenhoof from the NE Region. Eric has made the difficult decision to resign as the President of the NE Region. Eric has been a valuable member of the BOD’s and this association. His presence will be missed on the board. We wish Eric well in his endeavors.

Finally, I would like to encourage any NDEMSA members who may have an interest in serving on a committee within the association to reach out to any of your regional directors for more information.

As Always, Stay Safe!

Kelly Dollinger, President



Join us April 2-4, 2020 for the 45th Annual EMS Rendezvous!!


Register Early: Save $30.00 by registering for the conference by March 20, 2020.

Schedule and Speakers Can Be Viewed HERE

How to Register:  The easiest and preferred method is on-line 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. 


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 18 contact hours for the 45th annual EMS Rendezvous.To take advantage of the nursing hours, you must attend select sessions to obtain the necessary credits.  Approved sessions include:

Nursing sessions approved for Friday April 3rd

8:00am- 9:00am “In the Eyes of the Aged” Geriatric  Emergencies

8:00am- 9:00am Infectious Disease

9:30am- 10:30am "The Weight of Life" - Bariatrics

1:00pm-2:00pm You & Me & Baby Makes Three

1:00pm-2:00pm What's That in My Patient? The Good, The Bad, and The Implanted

2:30pm-3:30pm Mission Lifeline: Stroke

2:30pm-3:30pm We got a pulse… Now What?

3:45 pm-5:00pm  Rush Hour: Human Trafficking

7:00pm- 7:30pm- Neurological/ Seizures  

Nursing sessions approved for Saturday April 4th

8:00am- 9:00am Pain Management 101

8:00am- 9:00am Don’t Let the Bathtub Overflow. Why Resiliency is Important and How to Develop it

8:00am- 9:00am Critical Anaphylaxis 

11:00am- 12:00pm Total Chaos: Behavioral Emergencies

11:00am- 12:00pm Total Chaos: Behavioral Emergencies

12:15pm-12:45pm Psychiatric

11:00am- 12:00pm Total Chaos: Behavioral Emergencies

3:45pm- 4:45pm Hot or Cold: It's All Sepsis

3:45pm- 4:45pm Acute Care Pharmacology- Aspirin to Zoloft

EMS for Children Survey Help

Hello All!

You may have seen some emails from myself and my data people for EMS for Children asking you to complete a survey about Pediatric Care Coordinators and Pediatric Skills/Training. I use this information to help me identify areas of focus for the upcoming year in the EMSC program, so that I can help you all with all things pediatric.

If you are in charge of any agency that is licensed through the Department (all services, substations, and QRU’s need to have their own filled out separately) please use the following link to fill out the EMS for Children 2020 survey:

It takes about 5 – 10 minutes to complete the survey.

Thanks to all of you that have already filled out the survey, we are at a 55.1% response rate (as of 2/21), which is already better than the last time this survey made the rounds, but we are aiming for 100%!

About 100 more services need to fill it out.

Thank you for all you do to improve care for children in North Dakota, and please reach out to me with any questions about this survey!



ND EMSC Coordinator



P.S. – South Dakota EMSC is dominating the charts right now, with an 80% response rate…but we can beat that!


EMR’s can attend the 2020 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. 

Instructor Coordinator Refresher/ Training   Officer Update


The 2020 Dates to Choose From:

Thursday, April 2nd from 8 am to 5 pm

Ramkota Hotel

 800 S 3rd St,

Bismarck, ND 58504

(701) 258-7700

Tuesday, June 5th from 8am to 5pm

Hampton Inn & Suites

2700 8th Ave SW

Jamestown, ND 58401
(701) 952-6500


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 2020.

Visit the here for more information.

North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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