With EMS appreciate week celebrated next week, (May 21 – 27), a visit to the Killdeer Ambulance Service was a must. Being greeted with smiles, introductions, and coffee, we spoke about so many wonderful things that they were doing for the community.
Our men and women are highly trained and come from all over North Dakota and South Dakota. Also, two people are flying from Florida to help out for two weeks each month. Many are volunteering their time to keep the ambulance service available to residents. In order to become an EMT, CPR certification and approximately 150 hours of additional training are required. To become a Paramedic, you will need approximately 16 months of training after receiving EMT certification.
There is a new EMT course available in Killdeer this June. If anyone needs CPR or First Aid training, they usually conduct 2-3 trainings per month, but you can call for special services. They provide these trainings for businesses, too.
In 2016, there were 122 ambulance services, and Killdeer Ambulance Service was listed as the 19th busiest unit in the state of North Dakota. Also, they have quick response units in Grassy Butte, Manning, and Dunn Center and they sponsor the QRU with Zap fire department.
“Someone that would enjoy becoming an EMT or Paramedic would need to be active, have the ability to multi-task, be compassionate, and play well with others. I can’t think of a better job! This is what I always should have been doing!” Ann Hafner, Killdeer Ambulance Service Manager, stated. Lucas Stroh pointed out, “New recruits have so much support! We have experienced mentors to talk to when you’re stressed. It’s a community.”
Killdeer Ambulance Service requires extensive training for their EMT and Paramedics that is above and beyond traditional education. Due to the oilfield, they have an H2S monitor, oilfield specific protection gear, equipment specialized for Badlands rescue, a 4-wheel drive diesel ambulance (for admittance on oil pads), and Killdeer Mt. Ropes Rescue to assist in search and rescue.
What should someone do if they witness and accident or emergency? Ann advised that we should: “Call 911 and try to give specific information such as location, number of people, any hazards…, stop and help until help arrives, keep yourself safe, reassure patients, and clear a path to the patient. Keep in mind, there is much more involved in a call than the transportation.” Also, an important reminder was stressed by everyone at the table; if you see an ambulance, please move out of the way. If you are on the opposite side of the road, it is necessary to get over, too, because sometimes extra room is needed when going around traffic.
Marcy Dawson expressed, “There is almost always someone here, so if you want to stop and visit, we’d love to see you. Bring the kids to see the ambulances. We have coffee.”