North Fork Ambulance

North Fork Ambulance District

In the far-flung communities of the Western Slope, ambulance and emergency medical services are a vital lifeline for residents. In this edition of Local Motion, KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews three experts to get an understanding of how rural ambulance districts operate and what challenges they face. She speaks with Randy Kuykendall, the director of health facilities and emergency medical services at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

KVNF News examines three of the ballot measures that have local impact in Delta County. Ballot questions 7E and 7F would create a special taxation district for the North Fork Ambulance Association. Ballot issue 6C asks voters to maintain mill levy funding for the North Fork Pool Park  and Recreation District. And Amendment X would change the definition of industrial hemp.

Photo by Eric Goold

KVNF News interviews Kathy Steckel, executive director of the North Fork Ambulance Association, about the organization's history and the services the all-volunteer organization provides. Also interviewed is Katie Hedley, events and media coordinator for the NFAA and an EMT in-training, who talked about the Powerful Stories program.

KVNF Regional Newscast: December 1, 2016

Dec 1, 2016

  • Republicans create new energy committee
  • North Fork Ambulance gets 3 new vehicles
  • State creates new accountability website

KVNF Regional Newscast: Weds, March 4, 2015

Mar 4, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia holds hearing for town clerk’s dismissal
  • Woman charged with day care child abuse offered plea deal
  • North Fork Ambulance desperately needs money
  • Distilleries might be able to serve food soon
  • Democrats kill Republican bill to lower renewable energy requirements 

North Fork Ambulance Association
North Fork Ambulance Association

The North Fork Ambulance Association is facing a large budget deficit. 

The association has been operating in Delta County for 46 years. 

"We are the only emergency response in the valley for medical," Kathy Steckel, the organization's executive director, says. "The next closest emergency medical comes out of Delta."

The nonprofit has five employees and about 50 volunteer emergency responders. 

public meeting, North Fork Ambulance Association
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Ambulance Association is facing a large budget deficit.

That’s why the organization is hosting a series of meetings to gather ideas from the community on what to do about the problem. The first meeting was in Hotchkiss on Thursday night. 

The association is the only ambulance service provider in the North Fork Valley. About 50 volunteer emergency responders staff it. 

The nonprofit is funded by paid memberships, grants from the state, charging non-members for ambulance services and donations. 

North Fork Ambulance

Today we speak with three members of the only ambulance and EMT service available to residents of the North Fork Valley and some surrounding areas. North Fork Ambulance is a non-profit, volunteer run group that's been serving the valley since 1969. 

Joining us in the studio for a conversation about the group's history, its mission and its methods are Richard Kinser - Operations Cheif and Board President, Dr. Dory Funk - board member and physician, and Kathy Steckel - Director of North Fork Ambulance.