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SD EMS can't keep pace with unexplained spike in calls

The service is running 16 percent more calls than last year, which was also up 11 percent

The Rapid City Journal

STURGIS, S.D. — Like many ambulance and emergency medical services teams throughout the state, the Sturgis Ambulance Service can’t keep up with demand.

Shawn Fischer, Sturgis Ambulance Service Supervisor, said that already this year, their service calls are up by more than 16 percent.

“That’s in addition to being up 11 percent last year as compared to 2012. We were running around 1,500 calls in 2012 and as of May 8 we are at 653. That doesn’t have rally in it or anything,” she said. The reason for the increase is anyone’s guess, Fischer said.

Full story: Sturgis Ambulance Service sees stark increase in calls

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Gary Walter Gary Walter Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:08:01 PM I recently had an opportunity and applied for a SD paramedic license - it took three months to process that app. Could this be a part of the SD paramedic shortage?

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