South Dakota EMS Association

To strengthen patient care in South Dakota through advocacy, education, and representation of EMS providers.


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Visit the district pages to find district leadership contact information, localized news and events, or to submit information for your district that you'd like to see highlighted on the website or social media.

As a member of the South Dakota EMS Association, you have the option to purchase a license plate decal. Each order costs $10 and consists of two decals that can be placed on a specialty license plate. Visit the association store to purchase one now!

New EMS Legislation Resource

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) have worked together to create an online resource called the EMS Legislative Database, which provides up-to-date, real-time information about enacted EMS legislation in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. 

The EMS Legislative Database offers a summary of key enacted EMS legislation in an easy-to-use resource allowing you to search legislation by year, state, topic, keyword, status, or primary sponsor. New legislation is added weekly.  

Visit News & Updates for More Information. 

Upcoming Events

Message from the Vice President

I hope this article find you all doing well and enjoying the new layout for the EMT Thoughts. I am excited to see the changes being made to make this a better association for all of us. If you haven’t taken the time to see the updates to our website, please check out We know there are still updates to be made but it is looking great.

I had the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, IN in February as a representative of our association at the State EMS Associations meeting. I was able to attend a few classes on management of EMS associations and see what other states are able to offer their members. I will be sharing a list of items with our Executive Council at the April meeting and if anyone would like to review, please let me know.

The SDEMSA I/C Society will be hosting a strategic planning session on April 29 in Chamberlain. As educators we need to identify the direction and needs of our students both with initial and continuing education.

The By-Law Committee will be meeting and working on the Policy and Procedures Manual. As you may remember we completely updated our By-Laws in 2022 with the intent of moving a number of items to the P&P Manual.The time is now to start that process and we will be providing updates as they are available.

If you would like to serve on any of the committees, please contact State President Keith Sharisky as we are always looking for help in making our association the best for it’s members. Stay Safe, Humble and Kind. Keep doing great things.

- Amy Marsh, SDEMSA Vice President

EMT Thoughts

Volume 1.1 March 2023

Volume 1.2. April

Volume 1.3 May 2023

Volume 1.4 June 2023

EMT Thoughts is a monthly newsletter than contains state and district news, messages from state, district, and instructor coordinator society leadership, upcoming events and education, photos, and more! To view previous versions of EMT Thoughts, click on the links above. To submit information for EMT Thoughts, please click here

To strengthen patient care in South Dakota through advocacy, education, and representation of the EMS provider. 

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