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Matt Miller, a paramedic with the Dickinson Ambulance Service, checks an oxygen tank on Thursday. The 21-year-old was transferred from Sisseton, S.D., because of staffing concerns in Dickinson.

Ambulance services hurting in the Oil Patch

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PARSHALL -- Ambulance volunteers in western North Dakota are so stressed they can't leave for a weekend because there's no one to cover for them, said the director of an Oil Patch ambulance service.

Four southwestern North Dakota ambulance services formed a nonprofit group and are seeking grant funding to hire part-time staff to fill in scheduling gaps.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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