Emergency Services


Colby McGrath


New Salem has an Emergency Director that helps the city coordinate emergency services during disasters.  He works directly with the City of New Salem, Morton County Sheriff's Department, New Salem Ambulance Service and Morton County Emergency Managers to help any disaster or major emergency run smoothly.  If you have any questions or concerns about a potential or ongoing disaster in New Salem call the City Auditor at 843-7828, in the case of an emergency always contact 911.

New Salem Ambulance Service

Founded in March 1968 by Tex Goyne, the New Salem Volunteer Ambulance Service has come a long way! It started with a used station wagon as an ambulance obtained from the Forestry Service and had an oxygen tank and a stretcher. Today the service has two fully equipped Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances purchased with the generous donations of the local community, along with some ND EMS grant money. During late 2008 and early 2009 the service constructed and now occupies a 2000 sq. ft. dual bay facility located northwest of the City Auditorium, again all made possible by the generous donations of the local community.

Today this service is staffed by nationally certified Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Responders.  In addition, CPR certified drivers assist with the 24-hour 7-day per week BLS coverage provided to the approximately 720 square miles in the service area.

The ambulance squad is capable of training in-house to the EMT level as well as CPR/AED/First Aid by certified American Heart Association CPR instructors, allowing for easier access to training for local responders including ambulance and fire department staff. Through the volunteer help of many people and the donations of the residents of the New Salem area, New Salem has an Ambulance Service it can be proud of.

Anyone wishing to join this community organization, or if you have any questions please contact:


Squad Leader Jon Engelstad engelstad4461@yahoo.com


President Terry Lincoln tklincoln@yahoo.com


New Salem Volunteer Fire Department

If you are interesting in volunteering please contact Fire Chief, Barry Schulz @ 843-8537