Blaine County has three State licensed ambulance services. They are stationed in Turner, Harlem and Chinook.
Blaine County Ambulance began service in May of 1948. They covered all of Blaine County from Chinook until 1954. In 1954, the American Legion from Turner bought the “old” Chinook ambulance and the second Blaine County Ambulance service was founded. In 1977, a countywide health council was formed headed by the late Ann Hansen of Harlem. The third Blaine County Ambulance service began operating in July of 1977.
It was about that time period that new laws went into effect and ambulance services had to meet County, State and Federal standards. The Blaine County Health Council then became the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Council. The Chinook Ambulance was named Blaine I, Big Flat (Turner) was named Blaine II and Harlem became Blaine III.
Tax dollars and user fees support Blaine County Ambulance Service. In addition, each crew conducts fundraisers and writes grants to obtain equipment they are not able to purchase with available funds.