ND ambulance service set to close due to staffing issues

Officials said there are only three EMS providers on staff in the city of Michigan, and the ambulance service will close in December

By EMS1 Staff

MICHIGAN, N.D. — An ambulance service is set to close due to low staffing numbers.

Grand Forks Herald reported that Michigan Ambulance Service will shut down in December, as they only have three EMS providers on hand to respond to emergencies.

Officials said the volunteer ambulance service would need another eight EMTs to keep their doors open, but recruitment has been difficult over the past few years as more people are commuting out of town for work and are unable to respond at a moment’s notice.

"The businesses just can't let somebody go during the day. It's their bottom line also. So it's definitely a people issue,” Michigan Ambulance Service member Jason Flom said.

Officials said paramedics from surrounding cities, Lakota and Larimore, will probably take over services for Michigan, but residents such as Vickie January are concerned.

"We have a 21-year-old disabled son who has cerebral palsy,” January said.

January added that her son often needs immediate care due to his constant seizures.

"The doctors already told us that if he has one too many he won't come out of it. I mean each time he has them now, they just get worse and worse,” she said.

Flom urged residents to learn CPR and how to use AEDs to help with the EMS provider shortage.

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