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Nor-Cal EMS
Mission Statement

Nor-Cal EMS Promotes and Oversees Quality Emergency Medical Services Through Leadership, Innovation, and Collaboration with the Communities We Serve.

We are Northern California EMS, Inc. also known as Nor-Cal EMS, serving the counties of Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Sierra, and Trinity.

Open Mon-Thur 8:00am - 4:30pm
Closed Fridays & Holidays:


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What's New?

North State Pre-Hospital Conference Registration Open

The 13th Annual North State Pre-Hospital Conference registration is now open. The conference will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Win River Resort and Casino in Redding, California.

2017 HIE in EMS Summit - Moving Interoperability Forward By Engaging EMS

The California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) is hosting the 4th California Health Information Exchange (HIE) in Emergency Medical Services Summit at the Sheraton Park Hotel, in Anaheim, California on April 4th and 5th, 2017.

Lifepak 1000 Defibrillators by Physio-Control

Physio-Control announced that the company is launching a voluntary field action for the LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator due to reported instances where the device has shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment: Immediately Remove and Reinstall Battery.

Nurse Assist Inc. Recalls Normal Saline Flush IV Syringes Due to Possible Burkholderia Cepacia Bloodstream Infections

MULTIPLE STATES: Nurse Assist Inc. Recalls Normal Saline Flush IV Syringes Due to Possible Burkholderia Cepacia Bloodstream Infections The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.

Kathy Ratliff and Dan Bouse Received Statewide Recognition from EMS Authority

This year two EMS personnel from the Nor-Cal EMS region were nominated and have been recognized by the Authority as recipients (Emergency Medical Services Authority 2016 Awards Announcement).

Kathy Ratliff (Paramedic) with Trinity County Life Support in Weaverville received the Meritorious Service Award. This award recognizes an individual for a meritorious act or service within EMS. This award also recognizes an EMT for an act that is above and beyond the call of duty in the course of a particular EMS emergency or event.

Ernest "Dan" Bouse (AEMT) with Adin Ambulance Service in Adin received the EMS Cross award. This award recognizes a uniformed EMT who by act and deed represents the most outstanding achievement or accomplishment in EMS over an extended period of time. This is the highest award that can be conferred in the absence of extreme conditions and extraordinary circumstances.


NREMT Initial Certification Fee Increases for 2017

Notice: The NREMT increased the initial certification fees effective January 1, 2017.

Nor-Cal EMS Moved to a New Location October 17, 2016

We are now located in Suite 150 on the 1st floor at 930 Executive Way, Redding as of Monday 10/17/2016. Our phone numbers have not changed.

Visit Our New Web Page on Training Opportunities in Our Region

New on our left sidebar navigation is a new item called Training Opportunities. It is highlighted in yellow. See if you can find it and check out the new training opportunites for Continuing Education Units. We will be highlighting the training opportunities provided by our provider agencies in our region.

May 18, 2016 - Memorandum - Clarification of the Scope of Practice for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) versus First Responders (FR)

The medical director for Nor-Cal EMS has released a memorandum clarifying the scope of practice for EMR versus FR that provides information that will aid in the transition from FR to EMR.

Emergency Medical Responders and Phasing-Out of First Responder Certification

Memorandum - As of April 1, 2016, Nor-Cal EMS will only certify those who have taken an approved EMR course (initial or transition) of instruction. FULL DETAILS HERE.

MAC Run Review Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following Medical Advisory Committee Run Reviews available for CEs:

Free Webcasts Available for CEs Thru HPP Funding

These are free (or very low cost to support the website) webcasts developed in part by a grant from HPP.

  • HAvBED and MCI Event Training with EMResource
    Dr. Eric Rudnick demonstrates the importance of EMResource and being able to respond to events, queries, and polls; demonstrates how to respond to a HAvBED event in EMResource; and demonstrates responding to a MCI (Multiple Casualty Incident) event in EMResource.
  • MCI Plan Manual 2 - Patient Distribution Overview
    Mark Beldon discusses the Patient Distribution Manual 2 which outlines a plan under the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) for the distribution of patients during a multi or mass casualty incident within an Operational Area or within multiple Operational Areas in the Mutual Aid Region and to destinations outside the Mutual Aid Region.
  • Mass Casualty Incident Field Operations
    Mark Beldon presents an overview of the Office of Emergency Services Region 3 Mass Casualty Incident Plan Manual 1 and an overview of Manual 2 - Patient Distribution.

2016 NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 12th Annual North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

  • Airway Management for the Pre-Hospital Professional
    Dr. King reviews airway anatomy; defines the goals of airway management; discusses the tools of the trade; covers a systematic approach to airway management; and discusses special considerations with the management of burn patients.
  • Visual Odyssey in Emergency Medicine Services
    Dr. Rudnick presents a very wide variety of the types of injuries, illnesses, and oddities that one might encounter working in the field of emergency medicine. Being a visual presentation of this nature, it may not be suitable for all ages. If you are considering becoming an emergency medical responder, technician, paramedic, or nurse, this should provide a little idea of what you might encounter.

2015 Spring NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 2015 Spring North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

Ebola Hotline

CDPH has created a Public Hotline for Ebola

2014 Fall NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 2014 Fall North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

  • Ebola 101 - Update for EMS System Stakeholders
    Dr. Rudnick covers many topics including basic Ebola facts regarding the disease, symptoms, the transmission of Ebola, worldwide outbreak and case counts, demographics, and risk assessment. He also covers how we are preparing as well as the new PPE guidelines.
  • The Sticky Truth About Bakken Crude Webcast
    Gerry Gray provides crucial information to EMS personnel regarding the potential dangers involved with the transportation of approximately 3 millions gallons of Crude Oil at a time through our cities by railroad and how they should be prepared and respond.
  • Butane Honey Oil
    Mike Fischer discusses what butane honey oil (BHO) is and its various forms - as honey oil, weed oil, budder, dabs, concentrate, wax, ear wax, amber glass, and shatter - and their THC levels. He discusses how it is made - both open and closed extraction methods.
  • EMS Response to Crime Scenes
    Bob Bryant discusses what a crime scene is, priorities at a crime scene, and how to recognize and preserve evidence at crime scenes including proper handling of physical evidence, forensic evidence, circumstantial evidence, eyewitness evidence, and direct evidence.

2014 Spring NSPC Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following 2014 Spring North State Pre-Hospital Conference Webcasts available for CEs:

  • Heat Illness Webcast Available for Online CEs
    Dr. Jasumback covers the risk factors for heat illness and then delves into the major heat illness types heat exhaustion (from water depletion and salt depletion) and heat stroke (both classic and exertional) followed by the minor heat illness types heat cramps, heat syncope, miliaria rubra, and heat tetany.
  • Swift Water Rescue
    Brent Dubois educates from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) document 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Search and Rescue Incidents.
  • Drowning
    Michael Fraters delivers an important topic as 150,000 to 500,000 deaths occur due to drowning and is the 3rd most common cause of accidental death overall in the U.S. Drowning incidents are 500-600 times higher.

Infectious Disease - Ebola Virus

Ebola is an often-fatal disease and care is needed when coming in direct contact with a recent traveler from a country with an Ebola outbreak that has symptoms that may be caused by Ebola. New guidance available from the CDC.

Nor-Cal EMS Training Webcasts Available for CEs

We have the following Nor-Cal EMS Training Webcasts available for CEs:

  • EMS at a Quality Crossroads
    Dr. Rudnick introduces the subject of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). Kara Davis takes you to where the rubber meets the road.

TECC Principles for Medical Response to Explosive Events

The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care has released a paper covering the tactical emergency casualty care principles for medical response to explosive events.

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