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Year Members US States Canada Mexico Colombia Another Province
2018 7,932 50 1 1 4 4
2017 6,993 50 1 1 4 4
2016 5,441 50 1 1 4 4
2015 4,504 50
2014 4,015 50 2 2 1 1
2013 3,949 50 2 2 1 1
2012 4,269 49 2 2 1 1
2011 3,861 49 8 0 0 4
2010 3,246 49 8 0 0 4
2009 2,253 49 8 0 0 4
2008 2,046 49 8 0 0 0
2007 991 29 0 0 0 0
2006 912 24 0 0 0 0
2005 476 20 0 0 0 0
2004 386 17 0 0 0 0
2003 407 16 0 0 0 0
2002 384 9 0 0 0 0
2001 137 8 0 0 0 0
2000 96 5 0 0 0 0
1999 26 3 0 0 0 0
1998 3 1 0 0 0 0
1997 3 1 0 0 0 0 

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North Central EMS Corporation
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P.O. Box 2286
St. Cloud, MN 56302
fax 320-251-8154

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2800 7th St N 
St. Cloud, MN 56303


Mickey Schulte

Executive Director



Cindy Sobania

Office Manager

Vendor Relations

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1-888-603-4426 or 320-309-4191


Julie Fontaine

Marketing and Membership Specialist



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Member Services














About Us

Thanks for Being Part of the North Central EMS Corporation Family!

In 1997, representatives from three ambulance services sat at my kitchen table for a discussion. That was the year that Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act that created the Medicare ambulance fee schedule. We didn't know then what impact the BBA would have on our industry, but we guessed it would stress the most vulnerable ambulance operations in America. That day, we decided to incorporate the North Central EMS Corporation to reduce the cost part of the ambulance finance equation.

Turns out, we guessed correctly. Since the fee schedule began in 2002, almost 50 ambulance services have closed in Oklahoma alone. While Oklahoma is a dramatic example, they are not alone. We hope the North Central EMS Corporation mitigated ambulance closures, and based on what we hear from our members, we've had a significant impact in keeping you operating.

Ten years ago, we were struggling with trying to figure out NCEMSC's form and function. It took a lot of hard work by a bunch of dedicated volunteers. Back then, we never dreamed of having a ten year anniversary, we were focused month to month on making this dream happen. There are so many people that contributed to our success. There is the Kellogg Foundation, which gave us a development professor and his assistant from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls for three years to lead us through strategic planning. There are the scores of paramedics, EMTs and managers who labored diligently to write specifications for our contracts. There are the vendors that stepped up to the table, believed in our mission and that we could succeed, and helped us do so. There are the journals that chronicled our experiences and published them for the industry to read.

We've changed a lot. We initially envisioned that NCEMSC would serve 5 states and that we would help other groups of states replicate our model, eventually banding several coops together through common contracts. Instead, you helped us move to a national mission and to become a national leader. Wow, from 3 members in one state to nearly 1,000 in 24 states in ten years!

In terms of the NCEMSC's development, I'm one of the old guys now. But I'm really proud to serve as president again in this our tenth year. I'm also proud of the leadership we've had from the board the last few years. Our partnerships with state associations is visionary, collaborative and mutually beneficial. It was the new kids that had that brainstorm.

This year, we're going to focus on solidifying relationships - with you, with our association members, and with our vendors - to become even stronger so we can serve you for another ten years and beyond.

Take time to review our website and all the benefits that are available to you. Every time you make a coop purchase that benefits your organization, you make us (and your state association if they are affiliated with us) stronger and more capable of serving the industry in the US and beyond. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our office and we’ll be happy to assist you.

The continued success of our organization is built on or members becoming active with the cooperative.  We are always looking for individuals like you to share ideas, become a board member or help promote the success of the North Central EMS Corporation. This is a group built with you!

On behalf of myself and the Board, thanks for being part of our family.

Gary Wingrove, NCEMSC Founder


NCEMSC is a non-profit corporation. NCEMSC invests in the industry! NCEMSC’s excess revenues are returned to regional, state and national EMS associations as well as being donated to the North Central EMS Institute so that it can complete its mission of leading industry efforts in such areas as safety, efficient operations, education, research and national consensus building.


NCEMSI Mission_______________


  • The North Central EMS Institute's Mission is to provide leadership in EMS through educating, standard setting and benchmarking.

NCEMSI Activities_______________


1-2014 NCEMSI Project Status Update.pdf

3Q2013 Patient Safety EVENT Summary Report

3Q2013 Near Miss EVENT Summary Report

3Q2013 Provider Violence EVENT Summary Report


  • Research Coordinated Through the EMS Agency Research Network and the University of Pittsburgh