On July 10th, the City of Williston Fire Department was notified that Guardian Med Flight/Global Medical Response had discontinued their services in Williston.

The reason provided for the closure was operating costs.

Guard Med Flight also closed their helicopter base in Devils Lake.

Currently, there is no change in operation to their fixed-wing medical aircraft operating out of Sidney, MT.

Trinity Health in Minot operates an air medical service named Trinity First Response. Trinity First Response is now the closest air medical helicopter to the Williston region. Trinity also operates a fixed-wing air medical aircraft out of Williston.

In a statement put out by Williston Fire about the stoppage of service, the dpartment stated that, "WFD is disappointed to learn of the closure. This closure will reduce the WFD’s ability to coordinate direct scene flights for patients. Ground ambulance response by the Williston Fire Department will not be compromised because of this closure. WFD will continue coordinating with air medical providers in the greater region to coordinate air medical transportation of the severely ill and injured patients we respond to."

Guardian Med Flight, the company that provided the service to Williston and other community around the nation characterized their services on their website as, "Guardian Flight specializes in the critical medical transport of patients in some of the most remote and rural settings in America — linking rural communities to healthcare facilities. Our well-trained and experienced staff helps accomplish our mission of providing care to the world at a moment’s notice."

Questions for Guardian Med Flight can be routed to their corporate headquarters at 801-619-4900 or media@gmr.net.

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