The Hess Corporation presented a $25,000 check to the Killdeer Ambulance Service to purchase a replacement ambulance rescue unit.
By Maggie Piatz | Staff WriterThe Hess Corporation presented a $25,000 check to the Killdeer Ambulance Service to purchase a replacement ambulance rescue unit.“Supporting our emergency services is a priority for Hess” said Steve McNally, Bakken General Manager Hess North Dakota. “By assisting the Killdeer ambulance service, the crews can trust their vehicles and the entire region will benefit from reliable equipment.”With the assistance of Hess and local fund raising, the Killdeer Area Ambulance Service will be able to replace one of their aging fleet vehicles.“Our service area is a large area, covering nearly 1000 square miles of Dunn, Billings and McKenzie Counties including some of the MHA Nation.” said Ann Hafner, Manager Killdeer Area Ambulance Service. Our team was down to one working rig and this contribution, along with private and public funds, will help purchase a new unit to meet the demands of our region.”“Our squad is a combination paid/volunteer who are dedicated to providing service no matter the need or area,” says Hafner. “This assistance will provide a valuable resource helping emergency services provide the best care for their citizens.”Personal and process safety is fundamental to the Hess culture and integral to its business. Hess is proud to invest in high impact programs, especially in the areas of education, health, and community development.Hess continues to support fire and emergency services across the Bakken, ensuring prepared communities for current and future energy production and development in western North Dakota.In writing for the Hess Grant, Ann Hafner shared the following information which helped them to receive the $25,000.00 grant. “The Killdeer Area Ambulance is a combination service operating as a registered North Dakota non-profit corporation. Our care is provided by CPR Certified Drivers, Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, paramedics and Nurses, both volunteer and paid. We are funded through fees for services, county taxes, government grants and the generous contributions of private and corporate donors. Their call volume has increased dramatically as a result of oil development. Due to the increased service demands, two ambulances are required for ALS coverage with a third in reserve for our Dunn Center substation. In 2005 the Yearly Call Volume was less than 100 calls. By the end of 2013, the call volume had risen to 300 calls during the year.”“The Killdeer Area Ambulance service area comprises 956 square miles of rural Dunn, McKenzie and Billings Counties. In addition to 911 responses, our crews support the communities by providing first aid and emergency care at events including rodeos and athletic events. They also provide education and training including CPR and First Aid to area schools and industry,” said Hafner.The cost of the Ford F450 Horton 603 F Ambulance is $176,226.00. The Hess contribution of $25,000.00, along with the Unit 6165 Trade-In Value of $8,000.00 and the Capitol Equipment Fund of $33,628.37 bring the funds still needed to $109,597.63. The new ambulance will resemble the newer brown ambulance purchased about a year ago.The Hess Corporation is committed to meeting the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of its employees, by safeguarding the environment and by creating a long lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.