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Our new database is up and running and you will register for your conference this year through this new system. Doing so enables us to update our records with your current contact information, and will assure as an active member that you get member discounted pricing. Get all the details on our new system on the Conference page. Or, register for the Conference and renew your IEMSA membership here. At the log-in screen please use your primary email address and the password IEMSA2014. Having trouble? Visit the Conference page for simple step-by-step login and registration instructions.

Please note: Online conference registration is only available through the links above and those found on the Conference page. Registration is not available through the Members Only section.

New this year, we have uploaded all the conference details to a Smart App called "Guide Book." Just click here, download the app to your smart phone, open the app, search on IEMSA, tap on our event and enjoy the entire contents of this year's conference in the palm of your hand. See the ad here for more details and a QR code for the download link.

Hotel rooms for the 25th Annual IEMSA Conference are selling out quickly! If you have yet to make your reservation, head over to the Conference page now and follow the links under IEMSA Hotels on the right to book your room, including at recent addition Holiday Inn Downtown.

NEW E.V.E.N.T. ReportS Available
The Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS (CLIR) with sponsorship provided by the North Central EMS Institute (NCEMSI), the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC), the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to present summary reports for the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (EVENT).

Patient Safety Summaries

Near Miss Summaries

EMS Violence Summaries

You are encouraged to share this report within your organizations. You can continue to submit events at www.emseventreport.com.

Get all your latest news in Iowa EMS by downloading the current edition of The Voice newsletter here. Looking for past editions? Visit the Members Only Section. Not an IEMSA member? What are you waiting for? Visit the Membership page here and join today!

IEMSA's 25th Annual Conference promises to be one of our best yet! If you're interested in promoting your products and services to Iowa EMS providers, a booth in this year's Exhibit Hall is a must have! Get all the details here, including news on an exciting new conference app sure to increase traffic flow to your booth!

Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then click here for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is June 1.

The program for the EMS Memorial Celebration at West Des Moines Station #19 on Saturday, May 17 is available here. Plan to attend and help us remember and celebrate the lives of our recently departed friends in Iowa emergency services. If you would like to submit an application for consideration in next year's EMS Memorial Celebration, please download the application here and submit prior to April 11, 2015.

Midwest Regional Billing, Documentation and Management Conference
Next year’s conference will be held in Council Bluffs in the Spring of 2015. We’re excited to announce the conference will have a new name — Midwest Regional Billing, Documentation and Management Conference. Doug Wolfberg has agreed to return to Iowa once again. IEMSA will reach out to EMS Services across the Midwest to join us in Council Bluffs for this popular and much needed educational event.

An approval-pending draft of the Iowa Legislature EMS Study Committee's final report is available on the EMS Study Committee page now. Please click here to review this document as well as numerous others from the committee.

A feature article written by Bill Shea about IEMSA Board Member Dan Paulsen appeared in a recent edition of The Messenger. You can view the online version of Dan's story here.

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) Board of Directors has adopted a new position statement on EMS as an Essential Public Function. The full news release from the NAEMT is available here.


A YouTube video of Sen. Jeff Danielson's response to the Des Moines Register article can be viewed here.

April 11 Update

The Des Moines Register has published IEMSA’s response to the article, “EMTs and Emergency Medical Services: How a broken system endangers Iowans,” which appeared in the Sunday, April 7 edition of their paper.


The Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association would like to discuss further Clark Kauffman's article published in the Sunday, April 7 edition of the Des Moines Register. IEMSA proudly represents both the paid and volunteer, as well as the taxpayer-funded and private EMS services across Iowa. The breadth of our membership allows us to view the crucial issues facing the EMS profession in our state from a variety of perspectives.

IEMSA has long advocated for EMS to be considered an "essential service" at all levels of local government. We believe that this is the root of many of the problems raised in the articles. Our brothers and sisters in law enforcement and fire protection receive this distinction (and the funding that goes with it), while EMS does not. We have been asking the Legislature to address this for years, and hopefully these articles will bring this grave disparity further attention.

Until this happens, not all Iowans can avail themselves of the benefits of ambulance service when they call 911. For example, many municipal EMS programs have been subsumed into the fire departments; however, those economies of scale may not benefit residents of townships or unincorporated areas, which are not required to provide EMS to their citizens. Those that do provide EMS in smaller communities work tirelessly every day to find funding, equipment and personnel. While the spirit of the EMS Volunteers in our state is unmatched, it is a shame that the financial support to provide emergency medical care to Iowans in some communities is contingent on an annual chili supper, bake sale or other such type of fundraiser. Iowans deserve better than that.

We have been opposed on this request by organizations representing some local governments claiming that this is an unfunded mandate. Of course this is a mandate on local governments - it should be. What is the purpose of a local government if it is not going to provide public safety to those in its jurisdiction? Public safety is one of the first reasons people form governments. You might feel content in your home in West Des Moines knowing that the EMS is only a few minutes away, but what happens if you are in a car accident in rural Iowa? Can you really afford to wait 30 minutes to an hour at that point?

In the state of Iowa, volunteerism is a key component of public safety. Our rural EMS services in Iowa have been struggling for years to develop and maintain the staffing levels necessary to run their programs. It's easy to choose between a fully-trained volunteer with a spotless background and one with some history of criminal or civil mischief, and our volunteer departments do make the right choices every day. While the dedication and commitment of the volunteers in our state is second to none, the individual sacrifice is beginning to fall short in some communities today, leaving them vulnerable. This is also an issue that needs further discussion, and a true commitment of those.

It is absolutely crucial for Iowans to understand the deep-rooted structural problems that EMS faces in our great state. Mr. Kauffman's article shows the wide variety of issues facing an under-funded and under-staffed EMS system in Iowa. In fact, two bills were introduced this year (SF 346 and HF 347) that would have created a task force to review the many problems facing EMS and propose solutions to try and answer the very questions Mr. Kauffman raises. We hope the Legislature can help us address these concerns, because the future of so many Iowans depends on it.

Jerry Ewers
Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association

The IEMSA office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If you need assistance or have a question, email the office at administration@iemsa.net or call (515) 225-8079 and leave a message.

Transition Requirements
Click here to go to the Bureau of EMS webpage that has all the information on what you need to do to transition and the timeline to make that transition.

Join IEMSA On Facebook
Join us on Facebook! IEMSA members can join our Facebook page. It’s a great way to interact with other EMS providers, share ideas, get information, and more. There are also photos from the 2012 EMS Cruise posted.

Another successful conference is over, but we are busy planning for 2014. Please visit the Training page for more details as they become available!

Attention Adventure Seekers!
IEMSA has joined the hunt and has activated their first geocache. Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. See your April-June 2011 issue of The Voice for more information.

A Trackable will be added to the site today, Wednesday, May 18. A Trackable is a cache that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way. Be the first to discover the trackable and send it on its way! The information inside the trackable will focus on the importance of early recognition of cardiac arrest. IEMSA hopes to spread this message throughout the upcoming year.

For those of you who plan to join the hunt, we are providing you with a very special hint: N 41° 33.633 W 093° 49.100.

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IEMSA is accepting applications for next year's EMS Memorial Celebration. The deadline is April 11, 2015. Application and details are available on the Honorees page.

Next year’s conference will be held in Council Bluffs in the Spring of 2015. We’re excited to announce the conference will have a new name — Midwest Regional Billing, Documentation and Management Conference. Doug Wolfberg has agreed to return to Iowa once again. IEMSA will reach out to EMS Services across the Midwest to join us in Council Bluffs for this popular and much needed educational event. Date to TBD.

Mark your calendar today to join us for EMS Day on the Hill on January 29, 2015!

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IEMSA board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings will be held by teleconference or at West Des Moines EMS Station 19, 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm unless otherwise noted. The November meeting is the Annual Meeting which is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show at the conference location. All members are welcome to attend.

2014 Board Meeting Dates
January 29 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Drury Inn - West Des Moines

No Meeting

March 20 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

April 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

No Meeting

June 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

July 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

No Meeting

September 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

October 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

November 6 - Times TBA
Annual Meeting at Conference,
Event Center

December 18 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
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