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Attention all EMS Providers! Your opportunity to pick up some CEs!
We are proud to present the 11th Annual SE EMS Saturday Conference on February 8, 2020 at the Discovery Center in Muscatine. The Agenda is set with a full day of training. Formal CEHs have been applied for. Please visit the Conference page for details and to register now!

Due to low turn-out, IEMSA has decided to:

  • CANCEL the “Service Directors Event” scheduled for Thursday, 2/13/2020 – 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • POSTPONE the EMS Day on the Hill Event schedule for Thursday, 2/13/2020 2-5 PM and will be rescheduled. We will notify everyone about the date and time of the rescheduled “EMS Day on the Hill” as soon as we have a date and time.
  • CANCEL the “Hospitality Suite” scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 7-9 PM

NOTE: We WILL STILL have the IEMSA Annual Meeting as scheduled for Wednesday February 12, 2020, from 3:30-4:50 PM at the West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn located at 205 S. 64th St., West Des Moines.

for our 2021 Iowa EMS Rally-on-the-Hill Event, February 3, 2021.

Save the Date for the 31st Annual IEMSA Conference & Trade Show at the Iowa Event Center/CCCU Veterans Memorial in Des Moines, IA, November 12-14, 2020.

The latest edition of The Voice newsletter is now available! Download the current Fall edition here. Looking for past editions? Visit the Members Info page. Not an IEMSA member? What are you waiting for? Visit the Membership page here and join today!

2020 Annual Honoring Our Own Ceremony
Save the Date for this year’s 31st Annual IEMSA Conference and Trade Show, November 12-14, 2020. You won’t want to miss this moving ceremony honoring our fallen EMS Heroes.

Watch this Video to get a feel for this very special event. Then mark your calendar for the 2020 Annual Honoring Our Own Ceremony starting at 7:30 am sharp on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the Level-3 Ballroom at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, 833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309.

If you have an fallen Iowa EMS Provider you want to honor at this ceremony, please email Tom Summitt at tcsummitt@machlink.com the following information:

  • Fallen Heroes Name
  • Years of service
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone

Video Credit: Pieper Video Productions


A record number of Iowans said “yes” to organ, tissue, and eye donation in 2018, resulting in hundreds of lives saved. More details are available following the links below:

Des Moines Register Article
Where you Live May Determine
If You Live

Visit the new EMS in the News page now to read the complete article published in the Des Moines Register on September 12, 2017.

Whether you were in attendance on Saturday or weren't able to make it, we're glad to share this video from the 2018 IEMSA Memorial Ceremony (QuickTime format). Thank you for helping celebrate the lives and careers of our fellow EMS providers.

Naloxone Available for First Responders
During the 2016 Legislation Session Senate File (SF) 2218 & House File (HF) 2460 were passed that provides expanded access to opioid antagonists (Naloxone hydrochloride) to assist in the opioid overdose epidemic. Naloxone hydrochloride (naloxone) is a medication indicated for the reversal of opioid-related overdose. The passing of the SF and HF ensures that naloxone may be readily obtainable by any person (“eligible recipient”) who is... read more

Panel Discussion on Opioid Addiction
The Iowa Association of County Medical Examiners 2016 Fall Meeting and Education Expo will take place October 14-15, 2016 at the West Des Moines Marriott. In addition to the great line up of speakers, this year will feature a panel discussion on opioid addiction. Panelists bring expertise from a diversity of professional experiences and backgrounds, and they include Sam Quinones, the LA Times reporter who wrote the award winning book... read more

Trends and Consequences of Eliminating State Psychiatric Beds in 2016
Iowa is ranked 51 of 52 states in the nation
The number of state hospital beds that remain to serve the nation’s most ill and potentially dangerous psychiatric patients has fallen to its lowest level on record, setting off a domino effect of unmet need coast to coast. Largely reserved for those individuals considered unsuccessfully treated and/or too dangerous for other health care settings, state hospitals today are the last resort of the mental health system... read more

IDHP Requests Your Feedback
A prepared and fully interoperable public health infrastructure is critical. Over the last two years the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services has traveled across the state to meet with preparedness and response partners to understand the challenges in preparedness and response system and coalition development. Seven service areas areas have been identified (see map).

IDPH is requesting feedback on the service area alignment before August 17, 2016. Additional details and information regarding the organization and administration of these service areas and revisions in the grant applications will occur over the next three months. See this Talking Points document for additional details.

IACME Fall Meeting & Education Expo
Los Angeles Times reporter and author of award-winning book on America’s heroin epidemic will be headline speaker at IACME Fall Meeting October 14-15, 2016. For more information, please visit the Training page.

2016 EMS Memorial Ceremony :
A moving tribute to four fallen fellow providers and to all Iowa EMS Providers

The Ceremony was held at the EMS Memorial in West Des Moines at Station #19, located at 8055 Mills Civic Parkway on May 14, 2016.

It was a cold and windy Iowa day for our ceremony. We honored some very special EMS heros on Saturday. Our 2016 Honorees are, Douglas J. Butzier, M.D., Annette M. Hird, Dennis I. Mallory, D.O., Brian S. Seymour... read more

New Group Purchasing Vendor Announced—Boundtree now offering IEMSA Member Discounted Pricing.

The Committee has researched EMS supply vendors for the best prices available, and have once again selected a company we feel will provide you with the best benefits possible.

This cycle, the contract has been awarded to Boundtree. Boundtree has entered into a two-year contract with IEMSA to provide our Affiliate Members (in good standing — to check your membership status please log-in to your IEMSA Online Account by clicking here — or call 1-515-225-8079) with considerable discounts on their products. This contract runs from August 1, 2017-July 31, 2019. For more details, read more here in the Members Only section.

A Statewide STEMI System of Care for Iowa
Get the latest news about the new statewide STEMI System of Care for Iowa on the Library page now. Learn about the goals for the program as well as opportunities, plus what's currently being done to spread the word and details on how you can get involved. Visit the Library page for more information.

Iowa EMS Stroke Alert Run Sheet and Stroke Exam Review
Brian Helland of Clive EMS and Terri Hamm of Mercy Medical Center Des Moines present an Iowa EMS stroke alert run sheet and exam review in an informative 18-minute video that you can view here.

The town of Stanwood in Cedar County currently has no ambulance service. Losing the service has been a long process for the community. In October 2011, Stanwood Ambulance Service became “Stanwood EMS” because they could no longer staff the ambulance on a 24-hour basis, a state requirement. Last month, “Stanwood EMS” shut down because its coordinator left. That position is also required by state law. Stanwood is now covered by services from the surrounding towns of Clarence, Mechanicsville and Olin. ... more on KCRG.com

Volunteer Individual of the Year
Featured on KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS — Ambulance services in rural areas are often underfunded, and require the help of volunteers like Wendy Frentress, a paramedic currently working with Blairstown Ambulance. She’s been recognized by the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association with the Volunteer Individual of the Year award. That’s why she’s the focus of this week’s Show You Care Spotlight... more


IEMSA Merchandise is now available to order online. Orders placed by the 1st of the month are printed and shipped the following month. More details are available on the wait-time and shipping time on the order form.

If you’d like to order State Patches and Rockers, please contact the office for pricing and availability.

To read the full article and view the news piece that aired on KWQC-TV6 on January 29, 2015, click here.


2015 Iowa Legislator Listing
Looking to find out who represents your IEMSA Region in the Iowa legislature? Then the 2015 Iowa Legislator Listing Reference Booklet will come in very handy. Download your PDF copy here.

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The Iowa Department on Aging has received a federal grant to prevent falls by at-risk Iowans.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, unintentional falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older.

“Increasing the variety and availability of evidenced-based fall prevention programs throughout the state is key to reducing the number of fall related injuries” said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey. “Thanks to this project, the State will establish a responsive, integrated fall prevention network that enables more at-risk Iowans to participate in falls prevention programs and learn strategies to decrease their chances of falling.”

We hope you will strongly consider becoming engaged in this effort. It is an investment in Iowa’s future; if we can educate people today, we can prevent fall-related injuries and deaths in the years to come.

Please feel free to share this Master Trainer Course Application with others in your professional network as appropriate.

Mark A. Hanson
Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Program Administrator

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.

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.

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.

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.

Group Purchasing
Group Purchasing Discounts are available to Affiliate Members in good standing. Click here for more information. Please log into your Members Only account if prompted.

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IEMSA Headlines
Are you a student looking for assistance to help pay for your EMS Course? Are you a service that has students that are in an EMS Class that you are paying for? If you answered yes to either one of the questions above, IEMSA can help. In an effort to help Iowa EMS combat the volunteer and paramedic shortage, we have added SIX $1,000 Scholarships. Details on page 14 of the January/March 2017 VOICE! Or, download the application PDF!

Join us to kick off EMS Week honoring our fallen heroes at the 2020 EMS Memorial Ceremony, to be held May 16, 2020 at the West Des Moines EMS Station #19 on Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. If you have a fallen hero you’d like to honor, applications are being accepted for next year’s ceremony. Honoree Application available here. Deadline for Honoree submissions is April 14, 2020.

February 8, 2020
Discovery Center, Muscatine, IA

IOWA EMS SUMMIT- EMS Day on the Hill
February 12 & 13, 2020
NEW Location Hilton Garden Inn, West Des Moines

Regional Billing & Documentation Conference
April 20 & 21, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn, West Des Moines
IEMSA Bill Tracking

Follow IEMSA on Facebook!
Join the growing group of your fellow EMS providers and others on Facebook interested in IEMSA by clicking here.

IEMSA Memberships
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Being a member of the Iowa EMS Association means your voice is one of the many joining together for positive change in Iowa EMS. And with individual memberships starting at just $30.00, you'll likely get a lot more than what you originally invest. Learn more here.
IEMSA Scholarship
Apply for an IEMSA Educational Scholarship
Interested in applying for an IEMSA EMS Scholarship? Then click here for the official application! Hurry, this year's deadline is September 1.
IEMSA Meetings
Board meetings
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.

2020 Board Meeting Dates
January 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

February 12 - 10 AM-3:00 p.m.
All board members, working lunch
West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn

February 12 - 3:30-4:50 p.m.
West Des Moines Hilton Garden Inn

February 13 - 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Iowa Capitol Rotunda

March 19 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

April 20 - 8:00 – TBD (prior to billing conference)
Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines

No Meeting

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

July 16 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

No Meeting

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

October 15 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
West Des Moines EMS Station 19

No Meeting

December 17 - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
SE EMS Saturday
February 8, 2020
Discovery Center in Muscatine

EMS Day on the Hill (2-5 pm) & Service Directors Roundtable
(8 am-12:30 pm)

February 13, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
West Des Moines

Midwest Regional Billing & Documentation Conference
April 20 & 21, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
West Des Moines

31st Annual IEMSA Conference & Trade Show
November 12-14, 2020
Iowa Event Center/Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
Des Moines, IA

Public Safety Leadership Boot Camp
Dates TBD – Sept 2021
Iowa City Area
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