Kindred Area Ambulance Service celebrates 40 years of serviceKindred, ND (WDAY TV) - The Kindred Area Ambulance Service is celebrating 40 years of service this weekend.
By: Rebecca Lebak, WDAY
Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - The Kindred Area Ambulance Service is celebrating 40 years of service this weekend.
Over that time, technology has certainly changed, but the love for the job has remained.
Dale Torgerson has been a part of the Kindred Ambulance team for 30 years. That's three-fourths of the amount of time it's been in existence – and he has seen all changes...
Torgerson: "Oh my God it's so different, its, the technology that were using now, wasn't even around when I started 30 years ago."
New electronic equipment, heart monitors, now transportation changes going from ambulances to four-wheelers.
EMT's and First Responders are no longer stuck behind ambulances; there are new ways to rescuing people.
All of this would not be possible without volunteers -- a need for the ambulance service to run. But numbers have not always been steady.
Torgerson: "It's harder to find volunteers, I mean you really have to work at it."
However, those who work here say it's for one reason – the people.
Kelsey Bovvig, EMT and Trainer: "And you really get to help, they only call when they’re really sick, so you get to help the patients too."
Brenda Young, Admin. Officer: "I mean when you can know you helped somebody in a time of need, you know you've done a good job."
When asked about the next 40 years, it's high hopes.
Young: "it's only going to continue to go up, and grow, the equipment will go up. The equipment that we will be getting in the next 5 years will change, it will be better for the patients and better for the community."