Committee: Emergency Medical Services

Contact: Matthew Simpson, Chair - [email protected]

2019 Mission: The mission of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee is to act in an advisory capacity, to make recommendations for review and action by the MSFCA President and Board regarding the EMS operations, education, OSHA, Minnesota State Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) and other regulatory requirements and future administrative direction of emergency medical services within the Minnesota fire service.

2018 Mission: The mission of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee is to act in an advisory capacity, to make recommendations for review and action by the President and Board of the Minnesota State Chiefs Association regarding the EMS operations, education, OSHA, Minnesota State Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) and other regulatory requirements and future administrative direction of emergency medical services within the fire service of Minnesota.

2018 Committee Report: The MSFCA EMS Committee meets up to four times a year to discuss the current practices, focus, and future direction of the fire service and our involvement with Emergency Medical Services delivery. The Fire Service has had significant opportunity to direct, develop, and guide change in the field of pre-hospital care. With the ever changing service model responsibilities that go along with EMS delivery, we continue to see significant involvement from within the fire service—adapting to provide the best care to the residents in our communities.

The committee meetings are held at various fire departments in an attempt to involve as many of the committee members as possible. Our committee objective and charge is simple; act in an advisory capacity, making recommendations for review and action by the President and Board of the Minnesota State Chiefs Association regarding EMS in the fire service.

Topics that are commonly discussed within the meetings include Community EMT, Community Paramedicine, EMT/ Paramedic certification, and best practices as they relate to response for civil unrest or active shooter/MCI scenarios. Our Committee will continue to watch, discuss, and present on items mentioned previously, along with EMS law and best practice opportunities that are important to ALL of our service delivery models. Finally, we will continue to oppose vigorously that which threatens to disrupt our service delivery to the communities we are responsible for protecting with these important services.

  • Co-Chair: Matthew Simpson, Assistant Chief, Saint Paul
  • Co-Chair: Greg Peterson, Fire Chief, White Bear Lake
  • Brian Carlson, Assistant Chief, Burnsville
  • Erik Jankila, Fire Chief, Hibbing
  • Wayne Kewitsch, Fire Chief, Richfield
  • Steve Koering, Fire Chief, St. Louis Park
  • Amber Lage, Deputy Chief, Minneapolis
  • Allen Lewis, Fire Chief, Virginia
  • Mike Mondor, EMS Chief, Maplewood
  • Tom Schmitz, Fire Chief, Edina
  • Becki White, Assistant Chief, Eden Prairie
  • Tim Wiebe, Fire Chief, Chaska\

2017 Emergency Medical Services Committee Report

EMS Committee File Library