Ann Hafner, Killdeer Area Ambulance paramedic manager shows what region the service covers at the station’s headquarters on Friday. Altogether, the station serves 968 square miles over three counties and Mandaree, N.D. (Katherine Lymn/Forum News Service)

First responders face navigation, radio problems in Oil Patch


KILLDEER, N.D. — On New Year’s Eve afternoon, a man was struck by a piece of pipe at an oil drilling rig site in the Bakken. He was bleeding from the head and unconscious.

Williams County dispatchers tried to get help there as soon as possible.

“Please respond to a rig accident north of Williston to 60th Street Northwest … Probably between 137th and 138th Avenues Northwest … It looks like it’s gonna be on the north side of the road …

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