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CNN:  Rural ambulance crews are running out of money and volunteers. In some places, the fallout could be nobody responding to a 911 call

By Lucy Kafanov, CNN Updated 9:57 AM ET, Sat May 22, 2021 

Worland, Wyoming (CNN)America's rural ambulance services, often sustained by volunteers, are fighting for their survival -- a crisis hastened by the impact of Covid-19. More than one-third of all rural EMS are in danger of closing, according to Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association. "The pandemic has further stretched the resources of our nation's rural EMS."

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Helmsley Wyoming AED Project

The Wyoming Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) received a $4.2 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to install 1,500 specialized Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to Law Enforcement, State and National Park, and Game and Fish agencies 

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In Rural America, there are few people left to drive the ambulances.   Read more

Stories From Expo: Andy Gienapp on Rural EMS  https://www.emsworld.com/video/1223616/stories-expo-andy-gienapp-rural-ems

RHI Hub: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/rural-monitor/ems-recruitment-retention/

Rural Communities Struggle to Continue Providing Emergency Medical Services - The Takeaway (NYC Public Radio): https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/takeaway/segments/rural-communities-struggle-continue-providing-emergency-medical-services

State EMS directors discuss hot topics in rural EMSThe significant funding, workforce and leadership challenges facing rural EMS agencies were discussed at National Rural EMS Conference  https://www.ems1.com/ems-advocacy/articles/state-ems-directors-discuss-hot-topics-in-rural-ems-yiO6iCSJeTShyRww/

Volunteers make EMS possible in rural Wyoming, but numbers are dwindling https://www.wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/volunteers-make-ems-possible-rural-wyoming-numbers-are-dwindling-0#stream/0 EMS1: https://www.ems1.com/rural-ems/articles/expose-spotlights-the-shortage-of-rural-ems-services-SCMHYnkijt57aYvf/ 

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