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North Dakota EMS Association March Newsletter
Future of EMS Meetings in Dickinson, Rugby and Bismarck

· Looking for Observers

-Letter from the Education Coordinator



Greeting fellow EMS providers.

As we approach the 41st annual EMS Rendezvous on April 7th-9th I would like to share a few things with you.

Phase I training is still an option and we are in the process of transitioning into the Phase II portion of the training. I am available If you have any questions about follow up Phase I sessions, or if you have not had the Phase I training in your area. Feel free to speak with me atthe Rendezvous or I can also be reached by email.

There will be two Lucas Devices set up in booth 29 in th eExhibit Hall both Friday and Saturday during the conference. I encourage you to stop by for a skill demonstration and hands on application. Whether this is a refresher or initial encounter, you will not be disappointed with the time spent with Lucas Device instructor Tim Nesdahl.

Thursday’s pre conference is filled with NCCR hour offerings, EMR refresher, hands on sessions and presentations from National speakers.

You will notice that the cover of the current Response Time and the EMS Rendezvous program book have a new and different look. Dan Sundahl,paramedic/firefighter/artist from Leduc, Alberta Canada has generously donated prints for these covers and has also donated a print for our silent auction.Dan will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall with several of his other prints. In addition to his donations he will be one of our guest speakers.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the Rendezvous. If you know someone who would like to become a member of the Association, please have them contact one of the Board members.

Randal Severson

NDEMSA Education Coordinator

Upcoming NDEMSA Events

41st Annual EMS Rendezvous April 7-9, 2016

Event Center, Bismarck

I/C 2016 Recertification Course, April 7, 2016

Ramkota, Bismarck

I/C 2016 Recertification Course, June 22 2016

Trinity Health Riverside, Minot

SW Region: September 24-25, 2016

Medora Community Center, Medora

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,

As we quickly approach the week of conference it seems hard to believe the year has gone this fast.  It seems like it was just a couple months ago that we celebrated a milestone 40th conference!  At any rate,April 2016 is now here and the 41st conference is upon us and 11 months of planning is coming to fruition.  I hope you'll be able to attend the EMS Rendezvous as it again promises to be a packed 3 days of education, networking,and entertainment.  The program book will soon be posted on our website for those attending to view the book before your arrival to see where pre-conference sessions will be held and check out the listing of over 60exhibitor booths along with other useful meeting information.

While the upcoming conference has consumed a considerable amount of time and effort I would like to add that the regional EMS of the Future meetings are also being held and well attended.  The Dickinson session on March 1st and Rugby session on March 29th both went well with good feedback and dialogue between the sessions.  Some of these sessions are being recorded but I hope you're able to attend one of the upcoming six meetings held later this spring.  After each session the panel and steering committee are working to improve future meetings so we appreciate the feedback.  The downfall thus far has been the limited number of public and non EMS personnel attending.  We hope with your help we can increase participation from those not just involved in EMS.  A solution to some of our challenges in EMS needs to involve a wide variety of stakeholders.

Finally, I would like to thank the NDEMSA membership.  In my final email update I would like to extend my gratitude to each of you for your kind words and support over the years.  It is very much appreciated!

Thank you,

Curt Halmrast, President

“Future of EMS in North Dakota” Meeting Dates


What is the purpose of these statewide meetings?

These meetings are being held to share the challenges that our present EMS system is currently facing, and for numerous stakeholders to work together in identifying just how we can move forward and face these unique challenges.  The North Dakota EMS System is not alone, EMS across the country is facing a number of challenges including; the decline in the largest subsidy (volunteer providers), funding, transport reimbursement, pending regulations, training, and the difficulty in transition to EMS integration into the healthcare system.  The meeting has two purposes.  The primary purpose is to gather input from stakeholders and the other purpose is to provide information to the public and other stakeholders on the challenges the EMS system is facing.

These meetings are considered vital to the EMS system in North Dakota. Therefore, attendance by at least 1 person from each funding area is required to be eligible for the 2017-2019 Funding Area Grant cycle. If you are unable to attend the meeting in your area, feel free to attend another meeting within the state. The ambulance service(s) in your area will be affected by the coming changes. Input is vital to the future of EMS in North Dakota.

Who is invited?

EMS Leaders, EMS Providers, Legislators, County and City Officials, Hospital Administrators and Staff Members, City and County Health Districts, Emergency Managers, 911 Coordinators, Dispatch Personnel, the general public and all those who have an interest in building a strong EMS system for North Dakota.

Where and when are the meetings being held?

 March 1, 2016
 Dickinson - Strom Center
 1679 6th Avenue West
 March 29, 2016
 Rugby - Calvary Evangelical Free Church
 305 4th St. SW

 April 12, 2016
 Bismarck - Division of EMS & Trauma facility
 1720 Burlington Drive
 Bismarck RSVP Link
 May 24, 2016
 Minot - Trinity Riverside Education Center
 1900 8th Ave. SE
 Minot RSVP Link
 May 31, 2016
 Grand Forks - Simulation Center (ND STAR)
 725 Hamline Street
 Grand Forks RSVP Link
 June 7, 2016
 Jamestown - Quality Inn and Suites
 507 25th St. SW
 Jamestown RSVP Link
 June 14, 2016
 TBD Either Fargo or Williston/Ray
 July 19, 2016
 TBD Either Fargo or Williston/Ray

What is the meeting schedule?

4:00pm  EMS Leaders and EMS Providers are invited to discuss workforce issues, funding, medical direction, and transport plans

6:00pm  Doors will open to stakeholders and the public

6:30pm  Panel discussion

EMS meeting agenda items:

* Introduction and purpose of the regional meetings

* Statement of the current challenges

* EMS workforce issues

* Review current and future funding mechanisms

* Medical Direction in the state of North Dakota

* Legislative direction

* Transport plan template discussion

* Open discussion


To assure adequate space at each facility and refreshments we ask that each attendee RSVP for the meetings.  The EMS leaders and providers attending the 4pm session are provided a meal so we ask that you RSVP to allow us to get a correct meal count.   

Bismarck RSVP link

Minot RSVP Link

Grand Forks RSVP Link

Jamestown RSVP Link



NDEMSA IS Looking for Observers for

Youth Occupant Protection Survey

NDEMSA is collaborating with NDSU Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute for a Youth Occupant Protection Survey.

The Youth Occupant Survey is observing seat belt protection in youth ages 0-14. This is done in the months of April and May.

Int his observation you will be observing;

* The age range,

* If the child is in the front or back seat,

* Type of child protection (car seat, booster, etc.),

* If the driver is wearing a seat belt,

* Vehicle type

Sites of this survey will be based on the likelihood of youth turnout. Sites are observed for 30 minutes and a minimum of30 observations. If 30 observations are not reached at that time, the observer will continue for an additional 30 minutes or until 30 observations are reached.

NDEMSA will discuss the hourly compensation package and 60-90 minute training requirement for those chosen to be observers.

12 Counties have been selected (see the counties below).  One person from each county will do 6 observation sites.

Observers are needed for the following counties:
















NDEMSA is currently seeking observers in or near those counties listed.  At this time preference will be given to EMS providers and ND EMS Association members.  If you are interested in becoming an observer please enter your name, email and county for more information.

2016 ND EMS Rendezvous Update

The 2016 NDEMS Rendezvous Conference and Tradeshow is going to be another year packed with excellent education, world-class presenters, a variety of exhibitors and opportunities to network with your fellow EMS providers!

Don't miss out on the preconference workshops, the general sessions, the exhibit hall, and the education from new and returning presenters.

The program book is now onlineBe sure to register to by April 7th to save $10.00! 

Download the 2016 Rendezvous Brochure here

Silent Auction Items needed

The annual EMS Rendezvous is just a few months away and we need silent auction items!  This year the money raised will help pay EMS Managers Courses and other training opportunities 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


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