Hill City Ambulance Service to begin raising funds for a new building

The ambulance service serves over an area of 380 square miles, including in and around the city, Keystone area and all the way to the Wyoming border.

HILL CITY, S.D. — The Hill City Ambulance Service is now looking for options for a new facility.

The ambulance service serves over an area of 380 square miles, including in and around the city, Keystone area and all the way to the Wyoming border.

“We’ve come to a milestone where we have to make a location change for the ambulance,” said Director of the Hill City Ambulance Service Craig Comer.

For the last 20 years, the Hill City Volunteer Fire Department has shared space with the ambulance service. While they’ve made do in all that time, the hourglass has run out of sand.

“With the expansion of their resources and with our 24/7 crews that we have, both of us are just out of room,” Comer said.

Comer says there’s also been no luck in getting funding from the state. In Congress, there’s a bill in committee that would allocate roughly $1 billion dollars for ambulance service around the U.S.

Hc Ambulance Service 6But fire officials in the county question if the funding will be enough, or if Hill City will get enough to buy a building.

“It’s critical infrastructure across the country and that would put Hill City in competition with 19,000 other fire ambulance departments across the country,” said Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey. “Where are they going to lay out on that one when the infrastructure and the need for Hill City is now?”

Plans are in place to approach the City of Hill City for funding, as well as fundraising opportunities in the community.

The ambulance and those that help keep it running are turning to the people and community it serves.

“We’re very fortunate,” Comer said. “We have good equipment, we have good people. We just need a place to put them.”

As for the potential new building, there’s no blueprints yet. But Comer estimates a good building along with land near or in Hill City could cost around $750,000.

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