emergency medical services

Aberdeen Fire & Rescue paramedic interns are trained on LIFEPAK monitor defibrillator equipment. (Courtesy of Aberdeen Fire & Rescue)

State spends $11.6 million to update equipment for South Dakota ambulance services

BY: - March 29, 2023

Dozens of ambulance services in rural South Dakota have been operating for years with outdated or broken patient care tools because the agencies don’t have enough money to purchase new equipment, but that’s beginning to change thanks to an infusion of funding. Gov. Kristi Noem and state lawmakers approved three initiatives in 2022 that allocated […]

Humboldt, SD ambulance services will get a boost from telehealth.

State hopes $1.7M telemedicine program will boost rural ambulance service

BY: - November 20, 2022

South Dakota Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies and paramedics hope a partnership between the state and a Sioux Falls-based telemedicine provider will bolster rural ambulance service. The partnership with Avel eCare addresses questions of viability for South Dakota’s 130 ambulance services. Several EMS agencies operate in areas up to an hour’s drive away from a […]