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Killdeer Area Ambulance Paramedic Manager Ann Hafner, left, and paramedic Malissa Smith ride in the station’s new ambulance just outside Killdeer on Friday. Below, Hafner shows what region the service covers at the station’s headquarters Friday. Altogether, the station serves 968 square miles over three counties and Mandaree.

Every second counts: First responders face navigation, radio problems

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On New Year’s Eve afternoon, a man was struck by a piece of pipe at a oil drilling rig site in the Bakken.

He was bleeding from the head and unconscious.

Williams County dispatchers tried to get help there as soon as possible.

“Please respond to a rig accident north of Williston to 60th Street Northwest … Probably between 137th and 138th Avenues Northwest … It looks like it’s gonna be on the north side of the road …

“They weren’t really sure where they are.”

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