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ND Department of Health Works To Improve Emergency Response

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Emergency response time is especially critical in rural areas of the state.

The North Dakota Department of Health is working to improve what is available during a crisis.

Section Chief Tim Wiedrich says the Department of Health has put an emphasis on getting to emergency situations quicker.

He says the state's eight largest communities, now have 53 foot trailers, that will help reduce medical care response times.

Vehicles can deliver medical equipment more quickly than if deploying out of a larger town, like Bismarck.

Considering the number of accidents especially in oil country.

State officials say this could help in life or death situations.

" We're obviously treating this very, very seriously because we realize that people's lives are actually impacted that lives are at risk during some types of large scale disasters and the types of equipment and supplies that we bring can in extreme cases be life saving in other cases reduce pain and suffering," says North Dakota Department of Health EPAR Section Chief Tim Wiedrich.

Wiedrich says many summer emergencies are weather related-- but the trailers have medical equipment to deal with all types of hazards.

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