The North Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program began in 1996 and is funded by a state partnership grant initiative through the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The mission of the North Dakota EMSC program is to improve pediatric emergency care for children in all areas of North Dakota by assessing needs and providing resources for hospitals and EMS programs and personnel.

Goals and objectives of the North Dakota EMSC program include:

1.    Improving North Dakota's EMS operational capacity to provide pediatric emergency care.

2.    Improving North Dakota's hospitals' operational capacity to provide pediatric emergency care.

3.    Improving the degree of establishing permanence of EMSC in North Dakota's EMS system.

4.    Integrating cultural and linguistic competencies into policies, guidelines, contracts, and training and increase family/youth/consumer participation in EMSC programs.

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Pediatric Prepared Voluntary Recognition Program for Ground Ambulances

Pediatric Prepared Services

West Traill Ambulance Service

Rugby EMS

Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service

Kindred Area Ambulance Service

Cavalier Ambulance Service

Garrison-Max Ambulance District

Community Ambulance Service of New Rockford

Wyndmere-Barney Ambulance

Community Ambulance Service of Rolla



EMSC Training Opportunity (Winter 2016):

The North Dakota EMS for Children program is very excited to be working with Sanford Health EMS Education to provide pediatric trainings across the state this winter. Six Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) courses will be held in various locations along with one Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP) course to be held in Fargo. The dates and locations of the trainings are as follows:


Janary 16 - Langdon
February 13 - Bismarck
February 14 - Dickinson
February 20 - McClusky
February 27 - Buffalo
February 28 - Rugby

February 27 - Fargo

These classes are free of charge but are limited to the first 24 registrants. All courses begin at 8:30AM. Further information regarding course locations will be emailed to those who register.
To register:


EMSC Links:

When to Call 911 for a Child - Downloadable brochure

Upcoming / Recent Events

EMSC Advisory Committee

Performance Measures 

For national program information, please visit the EMSC National Resource Center website:


North Dakota Program Contacts:

Elizabeth Pihlaja, ND EMSC Program Coordinator

Phone: 701.328.2953

Fax: 701.328.0357


Jan Franklund, ND EMSC Program Assistant

Phone: 701.328.2388

Fax: 701.328.0357