Committee: Emergency Medical Services

Contact: Matthew Simpson, Chair - [email protected]

2022 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.

2022 Report: The MSFCA EMS Committee continues to meet 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 continues to have significant opportunity to direct, develop, and guide change in the field of pre-hospital care. With increasing service demands, staffing challenges, and the ever-changing service model responsibilities that go along with EMS delivery, we continue to offer thoughtful, solution- based involvement from the fire service. The mission does not change, nor does our responsibility to adapt to assure that we provide nothing short of the best care and response to the residents in our respective communities.

The committee meetings continue to be held at various fire departments to involve as many of the committee members as possible. As we move out of the pandemic, we have begun our in-person meetings once again, while maintaining the option for virtual attendance to afford involvement opportunities for those unable to be present. Our committee objectives and charge are simple: act in an advisory capacity and make 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 do not necessarily change, rather the lessons learned from events around the world, provide opportunity for adapting to best practices in dealing with the ever evolving scenarios that we deal with in public safety.

Finally, as a committee, we will continue to watch, discuss and present on items mentioned previously, along with EMS law and best practice opportunities that are important to ALL our service delivery models. We will continue to vigorously oppose that which threatens to disrupt our service delivery to the communities we are responsible for protecting. We will continue to advocate for providing EMS services and excellent patient care.

2022 Emergency Medical Services Committee Members

Co-Chair: Matt Simpson, Asst. Chief, St. Paul Fire Dept. [email protected]

Co-Chair: Greg Peterson, Fire Chief, White Bear Lake Fire Dept.

Scott Fredrickson, Deputy Chief, Virginia Fire Dept.

Erik Jankila, Fire Chief, Hibbing Fire Dept.

BJ Jungmann, Fire Chief, Burnsville Fire Dept.

Steve Koering, Fire Chief, St. Louis Park Fire Dept.

Amber Lage, Deputy Chief, Minneapolis Fire Dept.

Mike Mondor, Fire Chief, Maplewood Fire Dept.

Ryan Quinn, EMS Chief, Edina Fire Dept.


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