North Dakota Explores Rural EMS Challenges



The North Dakota Department of EMS, the North Dakota EMS Association, along with other partners, including the American Heart Association, are hosting regional meetings across North Dakota to address the challenges that the present EMS system is currently facing in North Dakota.  These meetings are an opportunity for numerous stakeholders to work together in identifying how we can move forward and face the unique challenges of our rural state. 

Our EMS system is not alone in facing these challenges.  EMS systems across the country are facing similar challenges, including the decline in the largest subsidy for care (volunteer providers), funding, transport reimbursement, pending regulations, training, and the difficulty in transition to EMS integration into the healthcare system. 

These regional meetings have two purposes: 1) to gather input from stakeholders, and 2) to provide information to the public and other stakeholders on the challenges the EMS system is facing. 

The first of these regional meetings was recently held in Dickinson on Tuesday, March 1.  Stakeholders from a variety of organizations attended this first meeting.  Panel participants included Tom Nehring, Curt Halmrast, Ken Reed, Dr. Jeff Sather, and Senator Rich Wardner. CLICK HERE for news story. 

Future meetings will be held across North Dakota.  EMS leaders, EMS providers, legislators, county and city officials, hospital administrators and staff members, city and county health district representatives, emergency managers, 9-1-1 coordinators, dispatch personnel, the general public and all those who have an interest in building a strong EMS system of care for North Dakota are invited to attend these meetings. CLICK HERE to RSVP for future meetings.    

Future Meetings Scheduled:

  • March 29 – Rugby, Calvary Evangelical Free Church
  • April 12 – Bismarck, Division of EMS & Trauma Facility
  • May 24 - Minot, Trinity Riverside Education Center
  • May 31 - Grand Forks - Simulation Center (ND STAR)
  • June 7 - Jamestown, Quality Inn and Suites
  • June 14 - TBD Either Fargo or Williston/Ray
  • July 19 - TBD Either Fargo or Williston/Ray


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