Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Threats to ambulance services increase rural health insecurity

– Lack of volunteers, paramedics, funding creates uncertainty

A motorcycle crash on a deserted road. A cardiac arrest at a far-flung farm in a rural county. A farming equipment accident. A pregnant woman goes into unexpected labor at a small hamlet away from population centers.

When these emergency medical scenarios happen in rural communities across North Dakota, local volunteer first responders are often the first on the scene, the first to provide medical...