Three Dunn County emergency service departments recently received just more than $220,000 in Emergency Service and Response award monies from…
BY JENNIFER KOCHER
Dunn County Herald
Posted October 5, 2012
Three Dunn County emergency service departments recently received just more than $220,000 in Emergency Service and Response award monies from North Dakota’s Board of University and School Lands, which oversees the management of the school trust lands in North Dakota. Sixty-five awards totaling $3,994,000 were issued on Sept. 27 to North Dakota counties currently impacted by oil and gas development to help support their emergency response services, which are under increased strain due to exponential growth in these communities.
The Dunn County Sherriff’s department was among the receipients, receiving $40,309 toward the replacement of two of their high-mileage patrol vehicles.
“This greatly helps us with our vehicle rotation and maintenance and upkeep,” said Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka.
Dunn County’s volunteer emergency units were rewarded as well. The Halliday Rural Fire District received $97,770 toward the purchase of a water tanker truck and one-ton cab/chassis grass unit. Killdeer’s Area Ambulance team received $67,166 toward the purchase of a new 2012 ambulance to replace their aging 1995 model. Due to the increased number of calls, which has nearly doubled from last year’s number of 129, the ambulance crew desperately needed a second modern vehicle.
Along with money toward a new ambulance, the Killdeer Ambulance crew also received a second award of $14,869 to help fund construction of their new ambulance hall, which will be located across the street from the Killdeer School playground on Central Avenue. According to Killdeer ambulance volunteer Beth Grove, a foundation is already in place for the new medic housing and ground-breaking on the hall is soon to follow.