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North Dakota EMS Association April Newsletter
Future of EMS Meetings

· Management Conference

-Letter from the Education Coordinator



Greetings fellow EMS providers.

The 41st annual Rendezvous has come and gone. After months of planning, emails, teleconferences, making deadlines and finger crossing it went on without a major hitch. National speakers arrived on time and with no travel issues. Our loyal local presenters were prepared as usual and all gave great presentations, which we thank them for. Before we know it we will be back to the drawing board and planning for the 42nd annual Rendezvous. Time must be one heck of a good pilot because she keeps right on flying.

The 2nd annual EMS Management conference is on Monday and Tuesday June 6 & 7 at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck. We have 3 national speakers scheduled along with local presenters. Topics will range from compliance to HIPPA and recruitment to retention and much more.

Million Hearts and Blood Pressure training is now in the works. This training will offer and implement cardiac healthcare to Cardiac Ready Communities in ND.  It will provide blood pressure screening, hypertension prevention and control. This grant is through the ND Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Systems. Hopefully there will be more specific information available for the June newsletter. 

Just a quick house cleaning item. The EMS Rendezvous planning committee would like to apologize for the lack of available seating for the NCCR sessions. We assure you that this issue will be resolved for future Rendezvous conferences.

Until next time enjoy spring, be safe and if you know of someone who is interested in becoming a NDEMSA member, please contact me or one of the Board members.

Randal Severson

NDEMSA Education Coordinator

Upcoming NDEMSA Events

Management Conference

June 6-7, 2016

Ramada, 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,

We want to hear from you! The EMS System of the Future meeting dates have been posted on the NDEMSA website and letters are being sent to squad leaders. Five meeting have been confirmed for later this spring. These sessions are being held to not only address challenges our EMS system is facing, but also hear the comments and concerns from EMS providers, community members, and other stakeholders.  It is also important that at least one person from a funding area attend one of the meetings to be eligible for the 2017-2019 funding area grant cycle.

The EMS Management Conference will be held June 6th and 7th at the Ramada in Bismarck, ND. A variety of local and national speakers with expertise in management and leadership will speak. This is an excellent opportunity for leaders and board members to hear some first-class information and interact with others directors.

Thank you to all that attended the NDEMSA Rendezvous Conference in Bismarck and congratulations to all of the EMS award winners. The NDEMSA staff and conference committee did an excellent job putting together the education and entertainment.

It is my hope to see many of you at one of the regional EMS of the Future meetings and the EMS Management Conference. Check the NDEMSA website for dates, times, and locations. As always, if there are questions, please don't hesitate to contact any of the board members, regional advisors, the NDEMSA office or myself.

Thank you for your continued support of the North Dakota EMS Association.

Jim Restemayer

President, NDEMSA

EMS Week May 15-21st, 2016

Celebrate first responders during EMS Week May 15-21st. 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

“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?

 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  Ray RSVP Link
 July 19, 2016
 TBD  Fargo RSVP Link

Meeting Agenda and Schedule:

4:00pm (CST)  State EMS Updates & EMS Planning/System Development Exercise

5:30pm (CST)  Meal provided to the invited attendees with continued discussion

6:15pm (CST)  Public and invited guests - doors open

6:30pm (CST)  The Following Topics Will Be Discussed: Overview of ND EMS, The Future of EMS, EMS Clinical Performance & Oversight, and the Legislative Perspective.

Can you explain more about the meeting for EMS?

The 4pm meeting for EMS leaders and providers is being held to develop EMS systems and work on EMS system building.  Individuals with the Division of EMS & Trauma and the North Dakota EMS Association will assist EMS personnel on the purpose and general principles for creating a Stroke, Cardiac, and Trauma transport plan.  EMS personnel attending the 4pm and remaining for the evening panel discussion are provided a meal thanks to many generous sponsors.

EMS meeting agenda items:

* Introduction and purpose of the regional meetings

* State EMS Updates

* EMS workforce issues

* New EMS Protocols

* Medical Direction in the state of North Dakota

* Pending Rule Changes

* Transport plan template discussion

* Group Exercise/ Discussion

Can you explain more about the panel discussion?

The panel of individuals will remain relatively the same throughout all meetings.  The panel will consist of a State Legislator (this will vary based on location), the State EMS Medical Director - Dr. Jeff Sather, Director of the Division of EMS & Trauma - Tom Nehring, President of the ND EMS Association - Jim Restemayer, and EMS Director at Rugby EMS - Ken Reed.  A panel discussion will occur with a variety of discussion points and also a question and answer period.

Public meeting agenda items:

American Heart Association Programs

Overview of ND EMS- Imminent Issues Affecting EMS Delivery in ND

The Future of EMS- Changing Healthcare and Financing

EMS Clinical Performance & Oversight

ND Legislative Perspective

Audience Question and Answer


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.  

Minot RSVP Link

Grand Forks RSVP Link

Jamestown RSVP Link

Ray RSVP Link

Fargo RSVP Link


Save the Date!
EMS Management Conference


June 6th , 201 6
1pm - 7pm CST

June 7th , 201 6
8am - 3pm CST


Ramada Bismarck

1400 East Interchange Avenue, Bismarck, ND
EMS Room Block—$90 Double

/$100 King (expires May 29th)


· Human resources and staff


· Maximizing Billing Reimbursement

· Quality improvement programs Training Officer Development

·  HIPAA compliance—Documentation Practices

·  Sourcing and securing the very best board

·  Protecting the organization when people behave badly

·  When pay is not your motivator

Who should attend

Managers & Administrators
Service Leaders
Board Members
Staff in Leadership Roles
EMS Providers in Mentorship
Medical Directors

Bonus Session

6:30pm to 8:30pm on June 6th we'll have a special session for all ambulance service board members and service leaders on two of Margaret Sumption's popular board member topics "Sourcing and Securing the Very Best Board" and "New Board Member - This is How We Role".  Free session that is open to all, but must pre-register.


Early Registration $75.00
Closes 3 days prior

At the Door $100.00

Click here to go to the site page




41st EMS Rendezvous Update

Thank you to the 579 paid conference registrants, our 21 excellent presenters, and 150 exhibitors representing 50 different vendors who made the 41st annual
 conferences such a success!  The officers, board of directors, and staff of the ND
EMS Association appreciate all of the
 support in putting on a great conference.
 In all nearly 800 individuals were in
Bismarck this past weekend to attend
the EMS Rendezvous!  

Rural EMS Assistance Grant Reminder

The Rural EMS Assistance Grant deadline is delivered to or postmark by April 30, 2016 at 5:00pm.

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