North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association


From the President

In service to others...  Memorial Day once again provided a powerful reminder of what others have given in service to others.  Soldiers, parents, and individuals doing more to help those in need.  Caring enough todo what is right to assist another person in a difficult situation.  We can be very proud of the providers who have stepped up and helped their communities build and maintain an EMS system.  Thank you for all that you do in your community and beyond for someone else.

Those same efforts are also needed to help maintain and build our system of emergency medical services here in North Dakota.  EMS is facing a number of very unique challenges.  Staffing, funding, and system development are only a few of the issues we must address and we need you to be part of that process.  Even if your agency is doing well.  We need you to talk with your members, talk with your board, talk with your medical director,talk with your neighboring services, talk with your county commissioners and legislators and talk with us at the association on the future of EMS here i North Dakota.  Positive change will not occur in a vacuum.  We need you to be part of the discussion and share your ideas on shaping EMS.  WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Three  “FUTURE OF EMS IN NORTH DAKOTA” meetings remain and we need your continued input to develop legislative priorities and ideas on how we may better address current and future struggles that affect EMS in our state.  Please take the time to attend on of the remaining meetings in Jamestown, Ray, and Fargo.  You may also send an e-mail to myself or any of the NDEMSA Board of Directors, contact Lynn Hartman or Jim DeMell your Regional Advisors, or the staff at the Division of Emergency Medical Systems -Bismarck.  The contact information and regional meetings schedules can be found on the website at  Help serve that next generation by being part of the solution to issues affecting EMS in North Dakota. 

Lastly, the North Dakota EMS Association is busy planning upcoming education and training for providers at all levels.  The 2nd annual EMS Management conference is June 6 and 7, 2016 in Bismarck, ND at the Ramada has an excellent agenda and speakers.  They will provide invaluable information on management and leadership issues.  Please consider sending someone from your agency.  We will also sponsoring a new course, Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS (EVE/EMS) in Bismarck and Fargo.  These classes are scheduled in August.  An EMS Instructor-Coordinator refresher will be held in Minot, ND June 22, 2016.  Sign-up soon, registration closes June 11th.  Additional information can be found on the NDEMS Association website at www.ndemsa.orgor by calling the office at 701-221-0567. 

If there are ideas you have for training or suggestion srelated to building EMS in North Dakota please don't hesitate to contact the NDEMSA office or myself.  Thank you for all that you do!

Jim Restemayer

NDEMSA President

EMS Management

EMS Management Conference Sessions


June 6th , 2016
1pm - 7pm CST


Early Registration $75.00
Closes 3 days prior

At the Door $100.00

June 7th , 2016
m - 3pm CST


Ramada Bismarck

1400 East Interchange Avenue, Bismarck, ND
EMS Room Block—$90 Double/$100 King (expires May 29th)

Click here to Register


Monday, June 6th




 12:00pm to 1:00pm

 On Site Registration and Check-In

 Judicial Casual Area




 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Opening Session – Dr. Jeff Sather and Tom Nehring

“The ND EMS System – Challenges and Initiatives from the Perspective of the Regulatory Agency”

 West Heritage Room




 2:00pm to 3:15pm

 Jurassic EMS – A Path to Evolution, Not Extinction for Long Term Providers – Nancy Magee

 Assembly Hall


 Protecting the Organization When People Behave Badly – Margaret Sumption

 East Heritage Room

 3:30pm to 4:45pm

 Ambulance Service Compliance Programs – Tom Fennell

 Assembly Hall


 Maximizing Billing Reimbursement – Ken Reed

 East Heritage Room




 5:00pm to 6:30pm

 General Session and Dinner – Nancy Magee

“Everything We Know About Volunteer Recruitment and Retention is Wrong”

 West Heritage Room




 6:30pm to 8:30pm

 Board Education Session – Margaret Sumption

“Sourcing and Securing the Very Best Board” and “New Board Member – This is How We Role”

 Assembly Hall


Tuesday, June 7th

 6:00am to 10:00am

 Hotel Continental Breakfast Available

 Ramada Restaurant

 7:15am to 8:30am

 Continental Breakfast Provided - Networking

 Judicial Casual Area




 8:00am to 9:15am

 Protecting the Organization When People Behave Badly      Part 2 – Margaret Sumption

 Assembly Hall


 Developing a Quality Improvement Process for Your EMS Agency: What Your Medical Director Wants – Dr. Jeff Sather

 East Heritage Room




 9:30am to 10:45am

 Mentoring Engaged Team Members in EMS – Sherm Syverson

 Assembly Hall


 Redesigning Volunteer EMS: Survival of the Fittest – Nancy Magee

 East Heritage Room




11:00am to 12:30pm

 General Session and Lunch

 West Heritage Room

“Working Together: Savvik Buying Group” – Tom Fennell

 “EMS 3.0 – How Does Rural/Frontier EMS Fit In?” – Ken Reed




 12:45pm to 2:00pm

 HIPAA Privacy and Security Updates and Tools – Tom Fennell

 Assembly Hall


 Running Lean: Doing More with Less in Your Volunteer Agency – Nancy Magee

 East Heritage Room




 2:15pm to 3:30pm

 Closing General Session – Margaret Sumption

“When Pay is Not Your Motivator”

 West Heritage Room

Letter From the Instructor Coordinator

I would like to start out by saying thank you to ND STAR for hosting the “Future of EMS in North Dakota” (Tuesday May 31st). I have to admit I was a little perturbed about attending a late afternoon and evening meeting instead of working around the house and yard preparing for our son’s graduation party. However, I found this meeting not only enjoyable but also very informative and eye opening. The NDEMSA and ND Division of EMS & Trauma did a great job of coordinating this event. Ken Reed, Dr. Sather, Kelli Sears and Lindsey Narloch kept everyone involved and some great group discussions evolved from their guidance. Also a thank you goes out to the sponsors: American Heart Association – American Stroke Association and the ND Department of Health.


We will be offering an Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS & Fire course (E.V.E) in Bismarck at the Ramada Hotel on August 9th & 10th and at FM Ambulance in Fargo on August 11th & 12th. This 16 hour training course is a liability-conscious, risk management best practice approach to patient and visitor assault prevention and response. It is limited to 24 participants. For more information, you can go to Registration information will be coming soon.

Once again if you know of anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the NDEMSA you can have them approach any Board member or myself.

Have a fun and safe summer.

Randal Severson

Education Coordinator


Future of EMS in North Dakota


Join us for a panel discussion on the future of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System in North Dakota.  Our current EMS system is facing a number of unique challenges.  A panel of EMS stakeholders will facilitate a discussion on; EMS System Development, Challenges in Staffing and Funding, and EMS Integration into the Healthcare System. 

Eight “Future of EMS in North Dakota” meetings were scheduled across  the state.  Dates and locations of the 3 remaining meetings can be found below.

Visit to learn more information and   to RSVP.

 June 7, 2016

 Jamestown - Quality Inn and Suites

 June 14, 2016

 Ray-Ray Senior Center-8 2nd Ave W

 July 19, 2016

Fargo-Skills and Tech Center/NDSCS- 1305 19th Ave N


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