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

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