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North Fork Ambulance Association

As the only EMS agency in our area it is vitally important to the health and welfare of all people in the North Fork valley that we continue to operate. Donations are so very important to maintaining service to our community so that we do not have to reduce services, or worst case, close altogether.

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Emergency Ambulance Service

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
General population

Description

North Fork Ambulance responds 24/7/365 as the only ambulance service to all 911 medical emergencies in the North Fork valley and surrounding area. Utilizing 2 people on-call per station, with one additional on-call ALS provider our volunteers are able to respond from the closest station in order to reach medical emergencies in as little time as possible. This agency is the only ambulance service in the eastern half of Delta County, which itself is designated as a low-income county with 15.6% of persons living in poverty, well above the State average of 12%. Delta County also qualifies as a Medically Underserved Area by HRSA in three categories and has 23.5% of the population over the age of 65, nearly double the State average of 12.7.
Our large, rural service area encompasses 75 miles of paved two-lane highway and 300 miles of county roads, ranging from paved to primitive, with a total residential population of 9,100 served. Our area is becoming a destination for tourists and visitors who come here to enjoy recreational opportunities that include rivers, canyons, mountains, and valleys of the Gunnison River National Conservation Area, the West Elk Wilderness, Black Canyon National Park, and the Curecanti National Conservation area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Since 1969 North Fork Ambulance has responded to all 911 calls for medical emergencies in the North Fork valley, transporting patients to Delta County Memorial Hospital or transferring patients to air transport when necessary. North Fork Ambulance responded to nearly 700 emergencies last year, serving people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Education Program

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Since 1969 the North Fork Ambulance provides the initial training for people to become certified as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Basic Life Support (BLS) level care provider. The BLS EMT can use automated defibrillators; perform basic airway procedures, and splint and bandage trauma wounds. In the State of Colorado Advanced Life Support (ALS) care may be provided by a Paramedic or EMT-Intermediate and is appropriate when a patient is in more critical and may include administration of essential cardiac medications as well as pain management medications. The board overwhelmingly supported a move to train a number of our EMTs to become EMT-Intermediates to provide the ALS care, which has proved to be a successful strategy. More than 2/3 of our call volume now is served by ALS, compared to less than 10% in years past. We have 8 ALS providers, 27 BLS providers and 15 CPR certified Drivers who responded to 686 calls for emergency service in 2016. Our Education Program also extends to keeping our crew members certified by providing Continuing Education Credits throughout the year

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Evidence of Program's Success

Currently we have 35 EMS providers who are currently responding to emergency calls for service. Properly trained providers are making a difference in the lives of the people in the North Fork valley. The earlier emergency care is begun in the field, the better the patient's outcome. In treating heart attacks, doctors say that "time is muscle", so quick diagnosis and treatment in the field can save lives and reduce or prevent damage to the heart.

Community Outreach

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
General population
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Throughout the year we offer an Injury Prevention program working with kids at Safety Day at the local elementary schools, host a biannually host a Mock Crash for distracted driving awareness for local high school age teens and offer programs for senior citizens and offer CPR classes to the public. Each autumn we have a Membership Drive and we are active in local events with information booths seeking Membership support year-round.
As part of our Community Outreach we have a new project called Powerful Stories, inspired by real experiences with North Fork Ambulance and our community members. The purpose of this project is to raise public awareness among the 9,000 residents in the North Fork valley of the value of Emergency Medical Services by sharing the impact our ambulance service has had over the last 48 years, and continues to have every day. Many of these experiences are life-changing, sometimes even life-saving. We are using a variety of modalities to tell each story to engage our audience and display the experiences in a clear, impactful presentation. Once the story is captured on audio, video and with still photography we create several pieces to be distributed in print to be used at local events, in newspaper ads, rack cards, posters, etc. The audio portion can be used by local radio and the video and digital portions can be used on our website and on social media.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our successes with the Mock Crash program have been measured in the lack of ambulance calls involving high schools students specifically after prom and graduation! Safety Day at the local K-8 grades have resulted in kids understanding what to do in an emergency from learning about calling 911 to providing immediate first aid in some cases.

Our Powerful Stories series is getting a lot of attention on social media and we hear positive comments throughout the community and the value of EMS and it's role in a healthy community.

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