Published on July 25, 2017

Altru Health Foundation Receives $22,300 Grant for Ambulance Services

Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health Foundation was awarded a $22,300 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of a 2017 Polaris Sunset Red 1000XP and 2017 Mission trailer. This equipment will be utilized by Altru’s Ambulance Services to provide emergency medical care at events in the community.

This equipment will improve the response time to emergency calls in locations an ambulance cannot reach, decrease the risk of injury to paramedics running over rough terrain while carrying the equipment needed for the call, and increase the paramedic’s ability to safely transport a patient to the waiting ambulance for transport to the hospital.

“Rapid response is vital to providing care to sick and injured individuals during emergency situations,” says Sherry Burg, director of critical care and trauma services at Altru Health System. “Lives depend on this response and the care they receive from the paramedics.”

Altru’s Ambulance Services provides care to the majority of Grand Forks County, and portions of Marshall County, MN and Polk County, MN. Altru also provides emergency medical care to all spectators, athletes and staff at University of North Dakota hockey and football games. Altru provides similar coverage at other large community events, such as concerts at Ralph Engelstad Arena and Alerus Center. The list of community events is extensive.


In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $28 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $125,000 in North Dakota.

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.