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North Dakota EMS Association January Newsletter
·Future of EMS Meeting

·Award Nomination

· NE & SE Conference




Upcoming NDEMSA Events

NE Region: February 20-21, 2016

Red Roof Inn Townhouse, Grand Forks

Award Applications Due: March 1, 2016

2016 EMS Cruise March 12-19, 2016 

41st Annual EMS Rendezvous April 7-9, 2016

Event Center, Bismarck

I/C 2016 Recertification Course, April 7, 2016Ramkota, Bismarck

I/C 2016 Recertification Course, June 22 2016

Trinity Health Riverside, Minot

SW Region: September 24-25, 2016

Medora Community Center, Medora


Improving member’s benefits….



  •   AFLAC is different from health insurance; it’s insurance for daily living
  •   AFLAC is an extra measure of financial protection
  •   AFLAC pays you cash benefits to use as you see fit
  • AFLAC benefits help with unexpected
  • expenses
  •   AFLAC belongs to you not the Association
  •   AFLAC is affordable
  •   AFLAC processes claims quickly- usually within 4 days

AFLAC offers an array of policy. (Accident, Cancer, Critical Care and more)

We would like to introduce the AFLAC Accident policy.              

For a covered accident whether you need a chiropractor, doctor, dentist, emergency room or hospital; here’s how AFLAC can help:

  • $120 cash for initial visit due to an accident
  • $125 cash appliances such as crutches and wheelchairs. 
  • $200 cash paid for CT scan, EEG or MRI needed due to an accident.
  • $1000 cash paid for initial hospital stay  & $250 per day while hospitalized

EMS AFLAC Representative is Denise Roller.  She will be contacting you to visit about the new benefits we are making available to our members.  Feel free to contact Denise at 701-426-3520 for questions and rates.

NDEMSA Information
Contact Us
701-221-0567 Phone
701-221-0693 Fax

1622 East Interstate Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58503


One year to
December 31, 2016:

Two years to
December 31, 2017


Dear Association Members,

With spring coming quickly so is the final planning of the EMS Rendezvous.  The conference committee just recently met in Bismarck to do a walk through of the Event Center and put the final edits on the combined Response Time magazine and Rendezvous brochure.  You should be seeing the February issue arrive within the next ten days.  We also have two winter regional conferences in our rear-view mirror and only have the NE Region Conference ahead.  The past couple months have just flown by!  Soon we'll be putting the 41st Annual Rendezvous behind us as well.  NDEMSA, in partnership with DEMST, AHA, and other stakeholders are conducting "Future of EMS in North Dakota" meetings throughout the state.  I hope you are able to join us in Dickinson on March 1st or at one of the other seven meetings that will be held.  We look forward to seeing many EMS stakeholders at these meetings to share some of the challenges and discuss how to move EMS into the future.

Thank you,

Curt Halmrast, President

“Future of EMS in North Dakota”

March 1, 2016

Strom Center

1679  6th Avenue West

Dickinson State University ~ Dickinson, ND

EMS personnel are encouraged to attend important meetings across the state to discuss unique challenges our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System is facing in North Dakota.  Each session will begin with service leaders building transport plans for time-sensitive conditions (stroke, cardiac, and trauma) followed by further system development planning.  After the meal the general public and other EMS stakeholders are invited to a panel discussion to address the challenges of;

* EMS System Development,

* Challenges in Staffing and Funding, and

* EMS Integration into the Healthcare System.

At 4:00 pm squad leaders from the area are invited to talk about EMS transport plans and system building. At 6:00 pm the discussion will be open to the public.

The first meeting will be held in Dickinson on March 1st.  The dates and locations for the other 7 other “Future of EMS in North Dakota” meetings will be announced at a later date.

Visit to learn more information and to RSVP.

The 2016 SE Conference Recap

The SW Conference held January 30-31st, 2016. The conference kicked off on Friday with a hands on training done by Jamestown Ambulance. High school students played patients as audience participants tended to them.

77 people signed up for Saturday and Sunday.  Thank you to Sanford AirMed, Alpha Medical, Sanford Education, ND DES. AFLAC, Pure Country, and Ringdahl EMS for being vendors.  SIM ND did simulations on Labor & Delivery and Anhydrous Burns on Saturday and Sunday.

Thank you Jamestown Ambulance, Reuben Farnsworth, Ron Lawler, Laurie Hill, Tammy Roerich, Jenny Iverson, Tom Taylor. Vikki Berreth, and Tom Nehring for presenting at the regional conference. Everyone did a wonderful job and we appreciate the education.

At the SE meeting, Vicki Berreth of Ringdahl Ambulance and Loretta Haas from Napoleon Ambulance terms were up for the SE Region Board of Directors. Vicki Berreth decided to step down to pursue other endeavors. She still plans on being active on the board. NDEMSA thanks you for your 20 years of service. We appreciate everything you do.

Three people ran for the 2 open spots. Loretta Haas from Napoleon Ambulance was reelected. For the other open position, it was a very close race which resulted in a tie. After the recount, Jason Eblen from FM Ambulance won.  Congratulations Jason and Loretta!

Dates for next years conference will be decided at a later date.

North Dakota EMS Awards Nominations

The North Dakota EMS Association is proud to sponsor an awards program that highlights the accomplishments of so many dedicated EMS providers in North Dakota.  We hope you or your agency will consider recognizing the very best of North Dakota’s EMS providers with a regional or statewide award.  

The 2016 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 2016 include: Media Award, Distinguished Service, Medical Director of the Year, Grace Knapp 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 that person by nominating them for the Table of Honor Ceremony.  The first twelve Table of Honor nominations will be chosen.

The deadline for all awards is March 1, 2016.  The awards committee reviews the submissions, and notifies the nominator (not the nominee) whether or not their submission was chosen.  This will allow those who did win an award to make plans to attend the 2016 EMS Rendezvous Awards Banquet and Table of Honor Ceremony on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016 in Bismarck. 

The simple two-sided form listing the criteria and nomination information for both the regional and statewide awards and the one-page form for the Table of Honor Ceremony can be found on our website at under the “Awards Programs” tab. You can submit your nominations via online, mail, email, fax, or hand delivery to our office in Bismarck. 

March 10th NDEMSA Board Meeting

The ND EMS Association will hold their next quarterly board meeting on Thursday, March 10th at the Ramada Bismarck (1400 East Interchange Ave.). The meeting will begin at 12:30pm.  All are welcome to attend.

The agenda for March 10th will be posted to our website 30 days prior to the meeting date along with proposed language for a bylaw change to Article V Board of Directors in Section 2 - Term of Office.  A language change of when directors will begin and end their terms of office.  The proposal is to change regional director starting terms from the regional conferences to late February or early March when online and mail voting ends and election results have been verified.  Newly elected regional directors would take office roughly a month before the annual conference and NDEMSA officers terms would still start and/or terminate after old business at the annual meeting, which does not change.  For questions in regards to the meeting or agenda please call (701-221-0567) or email ( our office.  



2016 ND EMS Rendezvous Update

Brochures for the Rendezvous will be mailed out next week.

Registration and more information will be online February 10th. If you have any questions please contact the office.

The 2016 NW Regional Conference



The Northwest conference took place in Minot ND on January 23-24th, 2016. We had a great turn out with 97 participants!   

Saturday and Sunday featured a variety of topics and speakers. Thank you Ken Reed, Tom Nehring, Jennifer Reed, Ryan Ziliak, Dr. Kevin Franks, Randal Severson, Karen Fritel, Karen Zimmerman, and Craig Zachmeier for presenting at the NW Conference. Everyone did a wonderful job and we appreciate you taking the time to educate. On Sunday, SIM-ND did simulation training on labor and delivery.

 Aflac, Scentsy, Thirty- One, Sanford Health, Trinity Health, Valley Med Flight, Pure Country, ND Emergency Preparedness &Response, Tastefully Simple, Posh, and Enbridge were vendors at the conference. Thank you for joining us and providing a door prize. A special thank you to Enbridge, Minot Convention Bureau, Sanford Health, Valley Med flight and Trinity Health for being conference sponsors.

At the NW regional meeting, Diane Witteman and Tami Petersen terms were up as the NW regional directors. Both were reelected for another term on the board. Fall of 2015, Wayne Fahy resigned as the regional director and Jennifer Reed of Rugby EMS was appointed to fill the position. Thank you Wayne for your service on the NDEMSA board, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Congratulations and welcome Jennifer!

NW Directors Tami Petersen, Jennifer Reed, Jeri Warrenburg, and Diane Witteman did a wonderful job organizing and running the conference. 

NDEMSA appreciates everything you do. Also a BIG thank you the NW attendees. Without your dedication there would not be NDEMSA.

Next year's NW conference will be held in Minot January 28-29, 2017 at the Grand International.

Statewide Interoperable Radio Network 20/20 Feasibility  Study
February 16 – 26, 2016 Outreach Conferences

The SIRN Working Group, SIEC and Televate, LLC are hosting Regional Outreach Conferences to conduct
outreach to and obtain feedback on the evolution of mission critical voice communications from
stakeholders across the State. As most of you are aware, the SIEC is spearheading a Study to assess the
feasibility of a Statewide Interoperable Radio Network (or SIRN). These Regional Conferences are a key
element of the Study: An open forum to discuss the state of radio communications and collectively devise potential technical and operational solutions for radio communications solutions that serve all entities in
the State of North Dakota.

Topics Will Includ
 Brief Overview of SIRN 20/20 and Study
 Technical Requirements for Future Systems
 Current Gaps that Need to Be Addressed
 State of Local and State Radio Systems
 Thoughts on Integrated Statewide Solutions
 Adoption of the System Statewide
 Funding and Governance Solutions

We would like to invite individuals within your County – public safety agency leaders, communications
managers, executives and other key stakeholders - that are interested in these topics and would like toprovide their feedback. Our objective for these sessions is to foster open dialogue with the stakeholder community, and encourage counties to share their thoughts among each other on these issues rather than simply deliver program information.

Our goal is to host two three-hour session each day within each of the 8 “anchor cities” to foster broad participation as per the daily schedule below. The proposed allocation of slots are preliminary; all slots are open to all counties, particularly if your scheduled time does not work for you. We request, however,due to potential space limitations, that you invite between 5 and 8 people to represent your County. If the allocated time does not work for you and you would like to attend a different session, please let us know.

Please support us in identifying and coordinating individuals with your County. We have a Contacts
Database for North Dakota and can help with contact information as well.

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