The Sturgis/Meade County Ambulance Service currently serves the majority of the residents of Meade County. The response area includes the I-90 corridor between exits 40 and 28, east to the Belle Fourche River and north on Highway 79 to the Vale cut-off. This is a response area of approximately 575 square miles, primarily in Meade County. The Ambulance Service also serves the Fort Meade Veterans’ Hospital by transporting patients to Rapid City Regional and other VA facilities both in and out of state. Sturgis Regional Hospital utilizes the ambulance service with patient transports to and from other medical facilities in the Black Hills and as far away as Denver, CO, and Rochester, MN.
While you hope to never need them, these dedicated professionals are there when you need quality emergency medical care.
The South Dakota EMS Code requires every ambulance service to have a Board-certified doctor in charge of overseeing the medical care that is provided by EMTs and Paramedics. This Medical Director defines what treatments EMS providers render when treating patients.
The City does not normally provide an annual report for each municipal department or enterprise fund. Rather the City incorporates all information into a City Annual Report that is mailed to all utility accounts at the beginning of the year. However, in the past the City was required to provide an annual report to the Meade County Commission as the result of a contractual agreement. With the County's cancellation of the contract in December 2018, the City is no longer obligated to produce a stand-alone report. Given the recent community interest in the Ambulance Service and the on-going funding challenges that the Service still faces, the City has drafted this document. It is unknown at this time if the City will continue to provide an annual report in future years.
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