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  • 1 May 2024 8:05 AM | Anonymous
    • MAA Membership: 

    • The Minnesota Legislature is three weeks away from its mandatory adjournment date of May 20, 2024. To add intrigue to the session, yesterday’s floor sessions (April 30) marked the 108th legislative day of the biennium. By rule the legislature can only meet in regular session (floor sessions) on no more than 120 days. Between now and May 20th, the legislature only has 12 days left to hold floor sessions; this leaves quite a bit of work to get done with limited time to do so!

      Recent developments regarding Senator Nicole Mitchell (DFL – Woodbury), who was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, have raised questions about how the session will proceed and ultimately end. The Senate has spent a good amount of time during floor sessions over the past week debating how to best handle Senator Mitchell’s involvement with voting during the remainder of the session. The DFL party has a one-vote majority. If Senator Mitchell does not cast a vote, it is possible that remaining bills will fail due to a 33-33 tie vote. We are hopeful that EMS funding is a priority to all legislators and will receive bi-partisan support if brought to the floor.

      The House of Representatives has been very active in moving bills out of committee and off the floor. We assume they will continue to be active in moving bills and await action from the Senate. Unlike the number of days remaining to complete the work of the 93rd Legislature, the amount of activity will not be limited.

      Thank you to everyone who took the time to send a letter, make a phone call, or meet with their elected officials in early April; your efforts are noticed and do make a difference!

      We are asking members to continue reaching out to your legislators to share the importance of passing an Emergency Ambulance Service Aid bill this session. If you would like assistance in this, please reach out to Samantha at She will assist you in navigating the process.

      Priority Summary 

      Emergency Ambulance Service Aid

      HF3992 (Lislegard) has been the primary ambulance aid bill since it’s introduction on February 19th. The bill has made all deadlines and continues to make its way through the process. It currently sits in the Ways and Means Committee awaiting a hearing to set the funding level. The Ways and Means Committee serves as the committee which controls the money. As you may recall, the Governor proposed $10 million in funding for ambulance services in the northeast and central regions.

      SF3886 (Hauschild) is the companion to Rep. Lislegard’s bill. The bill was heard in Taxes back on March 6th. The committee had a good conversation around the need for the funding. The bill was laid on the table for further discussion, which is where it currently sits.

      Representative Huot introduced the governor’s proposal in HF5275, which was never heard. HF5399 (Backer) was introduced as a companion to SF5433 (Rasmusson) to provide aid to ambulance services based on a formula that takes into account geographic area served and run volume. The MAA and Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) have met with Rep. Backer and Senator Rasmusson several times over the past few weeks. Our efforts have been focused on finding common ground between all the bills, leadership’s budget targets, and ultimately the needs of ambulance services.

      Please contact your legislators to request that they support this one-time aid for ambulance services. There is quite a difference between the $10 million recommended by the Governor and the $120 million originally requested. In your conversations with legislators, please encourage them to support funding at the $120 million level. Receiving the full funding amount is unlikely but that does not mean we shouldn’t keep our message focused on the full need of the EMS system in Minnesota.

      Establishment of the Office of EMS

      The establishment of the Office of EMS language is in the Omnibus Health Finance bills of both bodies. HF4571 (Liebling) and SF4699 (Wiklund) contain identical language including an amendment that the MAA brought forward to ensure that the Deputy Director of Medical Services is a physician.

      The original bills, HF4738 (Huot) | SF4835 (Seeberger), are moving along separate from the Omnibus Health Finance bills. The Huot bill is awaiting a hearing in the Ways and Means committee. It is very likely that this and Rep. Lislegard’s emergency aid bill, HF3992, will be taken up by the committee together to establish funding for both.

      • HF4738 (Huot) | SF4835 (Seeberger) Establishment of the Office of EMS – Both bills have been heard in the Health committee of their body. HF4738 was heard in State and Local Government Finance and Policy and rereferred back to the Health Finance and Policy Committee. SF4838 was heard in State and Local Government and Veterans Committee and laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.
      • Both bills have also had the Alternative EMS Response Model Pilot Program amended to the bill which would establish a “sprint medic model” to be tested in selected communities.
      • $6 million is budgeted for the transition from the EMSRB to the Office of EMS and for the sprint medic model.
      • The MAA had initially opposed the bills as physician involvement was minimal. After the authors amended their bills to include a physician in a director role, the Association moved their position to neutral.
    Please reach out to your legislators to share the importance of keeping EMS a physician-led industry in Minnesota.
    • Licensing and Staffing Bill

      The licensing and staffing language is included in the Omnibus Health Finance bills of both bodies. HF4571 (Liebling) and SF4699 (Wiklund) both include the CFRN and CEN language along with alternative staffing and the removal of the restriction on the large cities regarding staffing variances. The bills update educational requirements and extend the period for which a person with a lapsed license can apply for reinstatement.

      • HF4600 (Huot) | SF4697 (Seeberger) Licensing and Staffing Bill – HF4600 was heard in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee on March 21st. The bill was amended to include certified flight registered nurses (CFRN) and certified emergency nurses (CEN) as ambulance service personnel. The amendment also removes the restriction on the metro counties, and the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, St. Cloud with regards to the staffing variances. The intent of the amendment is to allow all ambulance services to apply for a variance to use alternative staffing. The bill, as amended, was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus health bill.
      • SF4697 was heard in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 15th. The bill does not include the same language regarding certified flight nurses, certified emergency nurses, or the removal of the metro and urban cities restriction.
    There are several other EMS related bills introduced this session. If you’re interested in the status of them please take a look at the MAA Bill Tracker.

    You can contact the Buck McAlpin or Mark Jones, the MAA lobbying team, if you have any questions on these or other bills making their way through the process. We also encourage you contact our Legislative Committee Co-Chairs (Tom Fennell, Dane Meyer) or your Regional Board Representative to share your perspective on these issues. Our next board meeting is Friday, June 14th in Wilmar, MN – we hope to see you there!

  • 5 Apr 2024 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    MPR Reporter Ellie Roth did a ride-along with Dodge Center Ambulance. 

    Read the full article - Minnesota’s rural ambulance providers look to state Capitol for their own lifeline

    The audio will be available on their 12 noon show - "Politics Friday." It airs on 91.1 FM and will livestream on on Friday, April 5, 2024. 

  • 20 Mar 2024 7:41 AM | Anonymous

    EMS Harm Reduction and SUD Treatment Webinar

    Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on March 22 at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT

    According to the National Harm Reduction Coalition, “harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use.” This can include improving access to naloxone (Narcan) to prevent death from opioid overdose, providing sterile syringes to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis C, and fentanyl testing programs, among other types of help. 

    EMS clinicians are often on the frontline of addiction and the unintended consequences of both legal and illicit drug use and substance use disorder (SUD). In addition, drug use greatly impacts the larger context of our nation’s roads and highways through impaired driving and the resulting risks to the impaired driver, other drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A 2022 NHTSA study of seven trauma centers around the U.S. found that nearly 56% of people injured or killed on roadways tested positive for one or more drugs, including alcohol. The most prevalent drug category was cannabis, and opioids made up 8.5% of cases at the trauma centers.

    In this EMS Focus webinar, panelists will discuss:

    • Harm reduction and SUD treatment in the context of EMS care
    • Recent research 
    • How innovation and intervention can drive overdose prevention in your community and reduction of other health risks, including traffic crashes that may be a result of impaired driving


    Panelists Include:

    • Kate Elkins, Emergency Medical Services/911 Specialist, NHTSA’s Office of EMS (moderator)
    • Gerard Carroll, M.D., EMS Medical Director, Cooper University Health Care; Division Head of EMS/Disaster Medicine; and Program Director, EMS Fellowship Program
    • John Ehrhart, Paramedic; EMS Manager, San Diego Health Connect; Co-Founder, California Paramedic Foundation; and Founder, Mission Critical Protocols
    • Simon Taxel, Paramedic Crew Chief and Public Safety Diver, Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS; Bloomberg Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    About EMS Focus

    EMS Focus provides a venue to discuss crucial initiatives, issues and challenges for EMS stakeholders and leaders nationwide. Be sure to visit for information about upcoming webinars and to view past recordings.

    We are committed to providing equal access to this webinar for all participants. Persons with disabilities in need of an accommodation should contact to request an accommodation no later than Friday, March 19, 2024.

  • 11 Mar 2024 8:00 AM | Anonymous


    Minnesota Ambulance Association Celebrates Leadership Transition and Historic Appointment

    Minneapolis, MN - March 11, 2024 - Following the Board of Directors meeting on March 8, coinciding with International Women's Day, the Minnesota Ambulance Association is thrilled to announce a historic leadership transition, underscoring a strong commitment to diversity and excellence within the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sector. In a landmark vote, Susan Long was elected as the new President-Elect of the association, marking a momentous occasion in the association's history.

    Susan Long, the President of EMS for Allina Health EMS, brings to the position an impressive 43 years of dedication and experience in EMS. Her appointment as President-Elect not only celebrates her remarkable career but also signifies the association's dedication to recognizing and advancing the role of women in leadership within the EMS community.

    The association is also pleased to announce that Michael Juntunen, Coordinator for Community Paramedicine with Mayo Clinic, will take on the role of President, bringing forward-thinking leadership and extensive knowledge to the forefront of the association's initiatives.

    Joining the leadership team, Tom Dunn, Deputy Chief of EMS with M Health Fairview, steps into the Vice President role, bringing his own 33 years of invaluable experience in EMS. His deep expertise and leadership skills are expected to contribute significantly to the association's goals and initiatives.

    John Fox, serving as the Interim Assistant Director with Dodge Center Ambulance, will continue his role as Secretary/Treasurer, providing continuity and steadfast dedication to the administrative efficiency of the association.

    The Minnesota Ambulance Association extends its deepest gratitude to Joe Newton, EMS Senior Director at Essentia Health EMS, for his unwavering service as President, and Dane Meyer, Supervisor with North Memorial ambulance, for his dedicated service as Vice President. As Newton transitions to the role of Immediate Past President, the association acknowledges his significant contributions and leadership during his term. We are equally excited about Meyer’s continued involvement as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee, where we are confident that his expertise and passion will greatly contribute to our advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives. Dane's ongoing commitment to the EMS community is truly commendable, and we look forward to his future contributions in this vital capacity.

    This dynamic leadership team is set to lead the Minnesota Ambulance Association into a promising future, focusing on innovative policies, enhanced partnerships, and the overall advancement of emergency medical services to better serve the communities across Minnesota.

    About the Minnesota Ambulance Association:

    The Minnesota Ambulance Association represents the dedicated professionals of the EMS community in Minnesota, advocating for high-quality emergency medical care and transportation. With a commitment to advocacy, education, and leadership, the association works tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of all Minnesotans.

  • 3 Jan 2024 8:15 AM | Anonymous


    Leveraging DOT Grant Funds for EMS Crash Response Improvement

    Hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on January 16 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

    Learn how EMS Agencies are taking advantage of Department of Transportation (DOT) grant funding opportunities to improve EMS system response to roadside crashes.

    NHTSA’s Office of EMS will host a discussion with Fire Chief Bruce Evans with the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District and Paul Teicher, Transportation Policy Analyst at U.S. DOT to share information and best practices to help EMS agencies nationwide prepare to apply for the upcoming Safe Streets for All (SS4A) grant program.


    Panelists Include:

    • Gam Wijetunge, Director, NHTSA’s Office of EMS
    • Paul Teicher, Senior Policy Analyst, DOT - Office of the Secretary (OST)
    • Bruce Evans, MPA, CFO, NRP, SPO, Fire Chief, Upper Pine River Fire Protection District

    Attendees will be encouraged to submit questions during any point of the discussion. The webinar and Q&A will last approximately one hour. Sign up to get email updates about this webinar series, new projects and more.

    About EMS Focus

    EMS Focus provides a venue to discuss crucial initiatives, issues and challenges for EMS stakeholders and leaders nationwide. Be sure to visit for information about upcoming webinars and to view past recordings.

    We are committed to providing equal access to this webinar for all participants. Persons with disabilities in need of an accommodation should contact to request an accommodation no later than Friday, January 12. 

    Sign up to receive the latest news from the Office of EMS, including webinars, newsletters and industry updates.

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  • 19 Dec 2023 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    Did you our webinar on Tuesday, December 19? 

    You can now access our webinars On Demand by hovering over 'Events' and clicking 'On Demand'. 

    The recording and slides from Tuesday's Unveiling the Financial Landscape webinar with EMSRB Executive Director Dylan Ferguson are now available. 

  • 30 Nov 2023 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Discover New Resources Available on

    View the latest EMS By the Numbers - October 2023

    EMS By the Numbers is provided by NHTSA in an effort to help State EMS Officials track particular EMS activations. It originated during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide current information regarding temporal variations in the type and characteristics of EMS activations In addition to Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) and COVID-19 data, it also includes trends in EMS response to Cardiac Arrest, Scene Death, Injury, Vehicle Crashes, and Opioid-Related Activations.

    Access the most recent version of this document that was released in October 2023.

    View EMS By the Numbers

    New EMS and Fire Grant Funding Opportunities Available from USFA

    USFA has released the Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services, which outlines various grants and innovative funding alternatives available for EMS and fire protection services. EMS agencies are encouraged to review this document and explore the grant opportunities available for your state.

    Review Grant Funding Opportunities 

    NIOSH Advisory on PPE Recommendations for Responding to Chemical Suicide Incidents

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has partnered with the leading experts from the Pennsylvania Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians to release a new Safety and Health Advisory. The Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations for Response to Chemical Suicide Incidents advisory aims to provide responders with critical guidelines on the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) when attending to chemical suicide scenarios. This advisory can be used as a guideline to provide personal protective equipment recommendations for first responders to minimize the likelihood of exposures, injuries and fatalities during chemical suicide incidents. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat

    Read the Advisory Here

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  • 21 Sep 2023 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, September 20 the EMS Delivery & Sustainability Task Force met for the second time. The agenda for this meeting included

    • a presentation from Dylan Ferguson, Executive Director of Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board  
    • a review of the OLA EMS Report 
    • Brainstorming session on meeting topics

    View the recorded meeting

    View the minutes from meeting #1 

  • 19 Jul 2023 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Minnesota Ambulance Association is proud to be partnering with the Southwest and South Central EMS Regional programs to host a Mental Health & Wellness Summit designed specifically for EMS Providers and their significant others. 

    Join us in New Ulm August 27-29 and learn how to live a great life because of what we do, not in spite of it! 

    View full event details, and register, here. 

  • 22 Jun 2023 7:17 AM | Anonymous

    Gordy Vosberg, our longstanding MAA Legislative Committee Chair has retired. We wish Gordy the best in his retirement and thank him for his years of dedicated service and leadership. 

    On June 9, 2023, the Minnesota Ambulance Association appointed Tom Fennell and Dane Meyer as the new Co-Chairs of the MAA Legislative Committee. We appreciate their willingness to serve and look forward to their leadership. Congratulations Tom & Dane!

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