The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW) was created in 2005 to represent the interests of ambulance services in the state of Wisconsin. Initially, the association was started to address revenue shortfalls in medicare and medicaid. It quickly became apparent there were many other needs and interests to pursue as well.
PAAW is registered with the state of Wisconsin Ethics Board as an active lobbying organization working with legislators and government leaders to provide a healthy, sustainable EMS delivery system in Wisconsin. Annually, the PAAW board of directors establishes a legislative agenda based on its goals and priorities, and that of ambulance services at-large in the state.
PAAW retains the government relation services of Midwest Strategies in Madison as its lobbying representative. PAAW offers legislative update conference calls the third Monday of every month, so members hear directly from their two lobbyists.
In addition, PAAW works to create and promote opportunities for collaboration and networking between ambulance service executives, directors and managers.
PAAW serves as an EMS stakeholder group to better delivery of emergency medical services in Wisconsin. The association's board of directors and leadership continue to be called on to testify at government meetings or hearings regarding its position, or offer input on matters of importance.
The primary purpose of the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin is to promote excellence and quality in the ambulance industry in Wisconsin and to;
- Promote the general welfare of the emergency medical services.
- Inform and educate the public as to the usefulness and value of emergency medical services.
- Promote mutual aid in the emergency medical service which may include between members of the association.
- Encourage and/or conduct research relating to any phase of the emergency medical service.
- Disseminate to association members reliable information and data developed and/or gathered as to subjects of interest.
- Create and maintain a fraternal feeling between the members of the association.
The Internal Revenue Service has designated PAAW a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization.