Area Ambulance Service Named Best in Nation
by Brandon Goldner, Reporter
July 30, 2012
The Fargo–Moorhead Ambulance Service was just named one of the top 140 ambulance services in the nation for a third straight time.
Service director Sherm Syverson thanked his team for attaining the prestigious honor.
"It's not something you can attain if you didn't have buy in from everybody," Syverson said.
The service received the honor after completing the most rigorous accreditation process in the ambulance industry.
Fargo-Moorhead Ambulance is evaluated on over 100 areas by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS).
One of those evaluated areas is quick response times.
The service uses a hot spot system, where they place ambulances in areas historically most likely to have an emergency.
"We want to deliver a fast, efficient, and safe service," Syverson said on the reason for the system.
Despite being accredited once again for another three years, Syverson says that doesn't mean his team will get lazy.
"You just can't maintain CAAS accreditation without a consistent effort that is coordinated with a strategic plan," Syverson said.
And Syverson emphasizes that this accreditation process is done for the peace of mind of the Fargo–Moorhead community.
The ambulance service is the only accredited service in North Dakota and one of only two in Minnesota.