Reach-A-Child draws in EMS providers to distract children
Guests: Eric Salzwedel, Marketing & Development Director, Reach-A-Child, Madison, and Patrick Ryan, President and Co-owner, Ryan Brothers Ambulance, Madison
Reach-A-Child, a Madison, Wisconsin based nonprofit, distributes "reach bags" to children, ages 2 to 12, in distressed situations. Police, fire and EMS agencies can purchase a set of "reach bags" for a modest amount of money. However, funds to purchase a set of "reach bags" is typically raised through community partners.
The drawstring "reach bag" contains age appropriate books. They present an easy and clean replacement to traditional stuffed animals commonly carried on emergency vehicles.
Reach-A-Child's goal is to have a "reach bag" on every first responder vehicle in Wisconsin. They plan to distribute 20,000 "reach bags" in 2017. Last year, 9,600 "reach bags" were handed out to Wisconsin children and, in 2005, 6,400 "reach bags" were distributed. "Reach bags" are given free of charge to children at scenes and traumatic events where family is involved in an auto accident, house fire or other incident police, fire or EMS are summoned for help.
Reach-A-Child is endorsed by the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW).
To have your questions answered or to receive more information on the Reach-A-Child program, contact: Eric Salzwedel, Marketing & Development Director, 6501 Watts Rd. #217, Madison, WI 53719, office: 608-285-5221, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Joe is executive director at the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin. He joined PAAW in January 2010 as director of business and development.
His professional and volunteer ambulance and emergency medical service work began in 1988 at Fitch-Rona EMS in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He's held national, regional and state EMS leadership positions, to include: director of sales and public relations at the Wisconsin EMS Association, EMS EXPO (now EMS World) and Firehouse EMS national conference show manager at Cygnus Business Media, and regional manager and director of strategic initiatives at Life Link III, an air medical and ground ambulance provider in Minneapolis.
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Joe earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, and bachelor's degree in radio/TV broadcast management from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
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