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Trinity Health Foundation raises funds for new ambulance

The Trinity Health Foundation has raised enough money to purchase another ambulance.

Each fully equipped ambulance costs approximately $140,000, according to Trinity Health.;

Trinity Health’s Community Ambulance Service serves Minot and the surrounding area. It responds to approximately 11,000 emergency situations each year and nearly 30 every day. Its fleet of ambulances includes four primary response vehicles, a 4 x 4 used for inclement weather, and an older ambulance used only for standby events. In addition, CAS serves as a critical support system for the numerous communities it serves and also provides direct support to the Minot Fire and Police Departments, as well as the Ward County Sheriff’s Department and additional First Responder Groups. Community Ambulance Services also provides Advanced Life Support intercept services to many of the ambulance services in northwestern North Dakota. A new ambulance was needed to help meet the demand.

Funds came from various sources. The Trinity Health Foundation was awarded a $20,000 grant toward the new vehicle from the Farm Credit Services Rural Community Grant Program. Ryan Honda recently held a First Responder Appreciation Day and Fundraiser where over $5,000 was raised for the new ambulance. Additional fundraising efforts were completed in order to raise sufficient money to fully fund the new emergency vehicle.

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