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FNS Photo by Kevin Cederstrom An injured worker taking part in a simulated oil rig emergency is loaded onto Trinity Health’s NorthStar Criticair helicopter and flown from the site during a safety exercise Wednesday near Mandaree.

When minutes and seconds matter: Company works to improve response to oil accidents

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MANDAREE — Two years ago, Teresa Van Deusen felt helpless when an oilfield worker lost his arm in a drilling rig accident and had to wait two hours for an ambulance to arrive.

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Once the ambulance got to the remote North Dakota oilfield location, the paramedics decided to call for a helicopter, adding another 20 minutes.

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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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