North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association

May Newsletter


Thank you to everyone that attended the 44th Annual EMS Rendezvous and Tradeshow and congratulations to the NDEMSA award winners!  We appreciate the opportunity to recognize many tremendous individuals and agencies. It is vitally important that we share our story and what is special about our group.  Our thanks to each of you for your time, talents, and dedication each of you bring to your community. 

The North Dakota EMS Association will be sponsoring a number of events over the next couple of months.  The 5th Annual Management Conference for EMS managers, leaders, and directors. All are invited to gather and network.   We will also be sharing information on behavioral emergencies, on-line EMR classes, and regional conferences. Please visit our website to view the dates and upcoming trainings. 

I hope everyone will have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Remember... train hard.... train as you do and as always....STAY SAFE!!!


Kelly Dollinger

5th Annual EMS Management Conference

June 3-4, 2019  Ramada Hotel – Bismarck

The EMS Management Conference is for EMS leaders in our state to learn about operating a successful EMS service. This conference is made possible through a partnership with the Division of Emergency Medical Systems, the UND Center for Rural Health Flex Program, and the North Dakota EMS Association.

Don’t Miss:

• Jules Scadden, a distinguished national presenter, is the featured presenter of the 2019 conference.

• Conference topics include managing conflicts in groups, local funding sources, , EMS billing, documentation, creating value in EMS, and much more!

• Several sessions will give attendees the opportunity to network and share ideas.

• LCCR credit available for continuing education.

• All refreshments and meals provided throughout the two-day conference.

• The conference will begin at 1 pm on June 3rd and conclude at 3:30 pm on June 4th.


Registration & Accommodations:

Conference registration and details will be available Mid May at  Save by registering in advance. The complete conference program will be available by mail or download mid May.  A DEMS grant is available to offset registration and travel costs.

The Bismarck Ramada will host all conference activities. The  "NDEMSA" room block for the night of June 3rd will expire two weeks prior to the conference.  Call the Ramada direct at           701) 258-7000 to book your hotel room. Double Queen Rooms are $90.00 and King Rooms are $100.00 a night.

Emergency Medical Responder Course

Next Course Starts May 27th, 2019

The online EMR course is a 50- 60 hour course offered to give the students the flexibility of taking an EMS class without having to sit in a classroom for 2-3 hrs twice a week. Students will be given a textbook and have access to an online lab. Sponsors (fire/ambulance services) will be guiding the students through the skills portion. Students will be require do the assigned reading and assignments which will include quizzes. The sponsors will be the ones administered the  the Psychomotor exam at the end of the course.  Students who successfully complete course will be eligible for a $200 reimbursement from the ND Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Systems. They will also be eligible for a one year free membership with the ND EMS Association. Prior to registration each student will be required to have a sponsor to assist with the practical portion.

Contact Jeri Warrenburg for more information on the next course.

Register Here

Registration closes May 14th. Must be 16 of years of age to become a state certified EMR. Minimum of 5 students must be registered.

Mental Health

First Aid for EMS and Fire

Click Here to visit the website

Register Here

Course Objectives

 Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour course that teaches a five-step action plan  encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis  connect with appropriate professional, peer and self-help care. Participants learn the unique risk factors and warning signs of  mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a  mental health challenge.

What will be Covered

®Defusing Crises

®Promoting mental health literacy

®Combating stigma of mental illness

®Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms

®Connecting people to care 

Dates and Locations of Training-

June 20th, 2019- Jamestown Fire Department (209 2nd Ave. NW), Jamestown, ND 

July 9, 2019 Quality Inn & Suites (1030 E. Interstate Ave), Bismarck ND

July 25th, 2019 NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center (9280 107th Ave NE) Langdon, ND

NDEMSA Member           $15.00

NDEMSA Non-Member  $35.00

(maximum participants 30, minimum 5)

Register Here

In House Training Opportunities

Currently, NDEMSA has three in-service educational opportunities available.  The Department of Health is offering two trainings: Sepsis with High Performance CPR and Taking Care of our Own: Stress, Resilience, and Self Care training.  June 30th is the deadline for completion of these trainings.

The 3rd training is Stroke Education Provided by the American Heart Association. July 10th is the last day for this training cycle.

If anyone is interested in participating in these trainings please contact Corrie at to set it up a time.  

NDEMSA plan to continue offering in service trainings.  If you have any educational ideas or are interested in being an instructor, please email the address above.  

National EMS Week - May 19 - 25, 2019

Celebrate first responders during EMS Week May 19-25th. This week is a great opportunity to honor the emergency personnel in your community. Whether it is big or small, please let NDEMSA know so we can showcase your celebration on Facebook and on the website.

If you are looking for ways to celebrate go visit

Instructor Coordinator Refresher/ Training   Officer Update


Thursday, June 6th, 2019 from 8 am to 5 pm

8am to 5pm

Quality Suites

507 25th St. SW

Jamestown, ND 58401

(701) 252-3611 

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.

To register for the June 6th Course Click here

Upcoming NDEMSA Events  

May 8, 2019 Management Essentials Training, Jamestown 

May 27, 2019 EMR Course Begins

June 1, 2019 1st Annual Dale Severson Golf Tournament

June 3-4, 2019 Management Conference, Bismarck 

June 6, 2019 IC Refresher, Jamestown 

June 19, 2019 NDEMSA Board Meeting

June 20, 2019 Mental Health First Aid, Jamestown 

June 28, 2019 EMS Safety, Bismarck

July 9, 2019 Mental Health First Aid, Bismarck

July 12, 2019 EMS Safety, Fargo

July 25, 2019 Mental Health First AidLangdon

August 16-17 2nd Annual Foundation Fishing Tournament

September 21-22, 2019 SW Conference, Medora 

January 25-26, 2020 NW Conference, Minot 

February 7-8, 2020 SE Conference, Fargo 

February 14-16, 2020 NW Conference, Grand Forks 



North Dakota EMS Association

1622 East Interstate Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58503


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