The Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service provides both Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) to the citizens of Oakes and surrounding communities.  Our service operates with three ambulances all equipped for ALS level care.  We transport locally to the Oakes Community Hospital and transfer to several tertiary care facilities in Fargo, ND and Aberdeen, SD.  The typical call volume for our volunteer service has had a five-year average of 375 to 400 ambulance calls.

The Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service is governed by a volunteer board and has a direct liaison with the City of Oakes and two council members.  The service is lead by Mike Sandy, Manager/Paramedic and other full-time staff includes Curtis Halmrast, Paramedic. 

The volunteers of the ambulance service are a critical component of operations.  Currently between 25 and 30 members are volunteer EMS providers in various training levels of: CPR-Driver, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Nurse, and Paramedic.  The volunteers provide thousands of hours of call time and hundreds of hours are spent on performing ambulance calls.  Without the mix of volunteer and paid staff members the service would not be what it is today....thriving and successful!

The philosophy of the Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service is to strive to provide the best possible care to our sick and injured patients in the most competent and caring manner.  We also value the importance of continued training and education to not only our staff, but to the community.

Call Us: (701) 742-3244

10 minute video of the Mock Prom Crash in Oakes done in 2012.

Oakes Ambulance Seeks Full-Time Paramedic

Oakes Ambulance is Actively Recruiting

The Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service is currently recruiting caring and compassionate volunteers to join our team.  We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help those in need at a time of sickness or injury.  CPR training is provided and further training is available to those who wish to advance their medical training.  12 hour shift scheduling is flexible.  Day, night, weekend, and back-up coverage are all needed.

For more details you can visit with one of recruitment team members; Tiffany Buttke, Adam Gramlow, Kevin Huffman, or Curt Halmrast. 

To respond to emergencies a full team of volunteers is needed!  Please join us!

"Caring for the Community Since 1972"

(701) 742-3244

About Oakes Ambulance

The Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service is seeking a Paramedic to become a part of our community.  We are a progressive rural ambulance service in southeast North Dakota that responds to nearly 400 calls for service each year.  Our ambulance service is an essential piece of a progressive health network that includes a critical access hospital, two clinics, nursing home, fire department, and many other health related services.  Oakes is a great community to live in, raise a family, and work. 

Job Summary:
To provide appropriate, efficient and timely pre-hospital advanced life support and transportation of the sick and injured in accordance with local, state, national and Oakes Ambulance standards of practice.

This full-time position has flexible rotating shift requirements (3 days on, followed by 6 days off) and includes a health insurance and retirement benefit package (North Dakota Public Employee Retirement System - ND PERS). 

Competitive wage will be determined based on experience and current qualifications.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid state driver’s license
  • Current NREMT certification as a Paramedic
  • Ability to license at the Paramedic level in the State of North Dakota
  • Basic Life Support CPR
  • Advanced cardiac training, such as ACLS and PALS
  • Reside in the Oakes, ND area

Desired Qualifications:

  • Current North Dakota Department of Health – DEMS Paramedic license
  • Certified EMS Instructor
  • Basic Life Support Instructor

Please send completed application (download here), resume, credentials (certifications and licenses), and any other supporting documentation to:

Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service
615 Ivy Avenue
Oakes, ND 58474

Or email all necessary documents to

Oakes Volunteer Ambulance Service and the City of Oakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Pictures of Oakes Ambulance in Action!