Marmarth’s ambulance service is struggling to fund it’s emergency vehicles and the chances of receiving grants to continue operations in Western North Dakota are slim, said volunteers from the department.
In an attempt to receive funding, the group is attempting to get a mill levy for Slope County passed in the 2018 ballot. Their main concern is for the number of rural residents who live farther from town. Many of whom are senior citizens and in cases of cardiac arrest, CPR must be initiated within 8 minutes or the victim’s chances of surviving drop dramatically.
Without EMS available in Marmarth, the nearest ambulance service is more than 20 minutes away. The group responsible for oversight of the department is having a meeting this week to discuss alternative funding option