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Marmarth Ambulance Service

Ambulances of the Marmarth Ambulance Service are parked in their barn.

With its future hanging in the balance, the Marmarth Ambulance Service plans to hold a second informational meeting in hopes of gaining enough new volunteers to sustain the squad.

The service will hold another meeting for potential new volunteers at 3 p.m. Mountain time July 21 at the Community Center in Marmarth. It's meant as a follow-up for questions that ambulance volunteers couldn't immediately answer at a July 9 meeting and for people who couldn't attend that meeting, squad leader Erick Hartse said Monday.

"We're still working towards our ultimate goal of keeping our ambulance service open and going from there," he said.

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Marmarth's squad has eight volunteers. Squad members have said the ambulance is in dire need of eight more volunteer EMTs and drivers or the service could shut down as soon as Aug. 1.

The Marmarth Ambulance Service covers 974 square miles of southwestern North Dakota in western Slope and Bowman counties. Fewer than 300 people could be affected by its potential closure.

Beach- and Bowman-based ambulance squads could have to absorb Marmarth's coverage if the service shuts down.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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