Committee: Emergency Medical Services

Contact: Matthew Simpson, Chair - [email protected]

2021 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.

2021 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 the fire service - adapting to provide the best care to the residents in our communities.

The committee meetings are held at various fire departments to involve as many of the committee members as possible; there was an obvious interruption this past year due to COVID. Our committee objective 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 include Community EMT, Community Paramedicine, EMT/Paramedic certification, best practices as they relate to response for civil unrest or active shooter/MCI scenarios and now pandemic best practices.

This past year has proven to be extremely taxing on our EMS providers throughout Minnesota and the world over as we deal with the COVID Pandemic. The committee had limited meetings during the pandemic but continued to meet via Webex online. During those meetings, we discussed best safety practices for service delivery, vaccines and how to best care for the patients we are charged with caring for, along with the most practical and safe response of our personnel. 

Finally, we 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 with these important EMS services and advocate for excellence inpatient care.

2021 EMS Committee Members

  • Chair: Matthew Simpson, Saint Paul, Assistant Chief
  • Erik Jankila, Hibbing, Fire Chief 
  • BJ Jungmann, Burnsville, Fire Chief
  • Steve Koering, St. Louis Park, Fire Chief
  • Amber Lage, Minneapolis, Deputy Chief
  • Allen Lewis, Virginia, Fire Chief
  • Mike Mondor, Maplewood, EMS Chief
  • Greg Peterson, White Bear Lake, Fire Chief
  • Ryan Quinn, Edina, EMS Chief
  • Tim Wiebe, Chaska, Fire Chief

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