F-M Ambulance placing vehicle in southwest metro area dealing with major construction projects, schools
FARGO — F-M Ambulance is positioning an ambulance in southwest Fargo to aid medical responses in areas with major road construction projects.
In partnership with Edge Fitness Fargo, F-M Ambulance will place an ambulance at 6207 53rd Ave. S., between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Starting Thursday, May 9, the ambulance has been stationed in the area to enable paramedics to respond more quickly to medical emergencies.
"It's to get crew members on site more quickly," said Don Martin, communications manager for F-M Ambulance.
The road construction involves lane closures that create traffic bottlenecks that delay response times. For medical emergencies, the ambulance strives to respond within 8 minutes, 59 seconds, Martin said.
"It's a huge project," Martin said of the road construction project, which involves the North Dakota Department of Transportation as well as the cities of Fargo, West Fargo and Horace. "It's going to get tighter and tighter."
The location was selected because of its central position between three elementary schools — Osgood, Deer Creek and Legacy — and access to major roads, he said.
The ambulance will be stationed at the location in light of road construction work that will be done throughout the summer in south West Fargo and Horace. The ambulance will remain in place through fall.
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Motorists are reminded that when they see an emergency vehicle with its lights and sirens activated they must yield when safe to do so, as required by law. Ambulances will not drive with lights or sirens activated in a working construction zone to ensure safety, Martin said.
People who live or work in a major construction area are encouraged to find alternative driving routes, plan for more travel time, and stay alert.