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Congratulations to the following winners of the Savvik/PAAW 5.11 Tactical Giveaway!
Colfax RescueDonald Knutson, Director
St. Croix Emergency ServicesJoanne Kenney, Office Manager
Gundersen Tri-State AmbulanceEric Ellis, Operations Supervisor
Learn more about how Savvik can help YOUR ambulance service save big at www.savvik.org.
Tim Couillard, Critical Care Paramedic Supervisor with PAAW Member Bell Ambulance, was recently recognized at the American Ambulance Association’s 2019 Stars of Life Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Tim, a loving husband, and father to three beautiful girls has a passion for sharing his knowledge and learning everything he can. He was chosen as the 2017 Employee of the Year at Bell, which led to his participation in the Stars event this year. When asked what Tim did to earn an employee of the year nomination, he replied, “Well…I just went to work and did my best,” which I think we can all appreciate. In talking with Tim, it is easy to recognize how much pride he takes in his work, whether it is training others or pushing himself to learn more. He earned his certification as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher in 2017, in part, so he could better understand the system he is a part of.
You can read Tim’s full Star of Life bio here.
Tim had the following to say about his experience at the Stars event:
“It was amazing. I am so honored to have been a part of an event like this, to hear everyone else’s stories and be recognized alongside so many…I’m grateful.”
I asked Tim what he will carry forward from participating in this event. Although the opportunity to spend some time traveling and sightseeing with his wife was near the top of his list of favorites, he also offered the following:
“It was cool to see what upper management is out there doing for us daily. We don’t normally get to see that. We were able to meet with lawmakers and talk about the Public Safety Officer’s Death Benefit. Honestly, I didn’t even realize it existed…but then to learn it exists and find out police officers and firefighters are covered, but we’re not because we work for a private service…that’s not right! We’re all out there working together, on the same scenes, for the same reasons and we all deserve to know our families will be taken care of should something happen.”
Tim’s advice for others in EMS?
“Remember why you got into it, and learn as much as you can about the company you work for and the industry you’re in.”
Congratulations, Tim! We’re proud to have you as part of our EMS team and look forward to the great things you’ll do for EMS in the future.
A note from Wisconsin EMS Section Chief Mark Lockhart
The Funding Assistance Program application period will open on Monday, July 1 at 12 noon and close at the end of business on Wednesday, July 17. The application and required expense report will be available in e-licensing – service directors will need to log in to complete both forms beginning on July 1. These two forms will be submitted through e-licensing during the application period. In addition, the Municipal Signature and Population Verification Page must be completed (including signatures) and uploaded as a document into the documents tab of e-licensing. Between now and July 1, we encourage you to review the FAP Grant Guidance document (especially the Getting Started section), the Frequently Asked Questions document and the FAP Purchasing Guide.
We strongly encourage you to review these documents now and get a head start on the process. Thank you!
Meet Larry Knuth, PAAW Director! Larry is vice president of operations at Paratech Ambulance Service. He is proud to help move mobilehealthcare in Wisconsin forward!
On April 10, more than 100 mobile healthcare professionals convened in Madison to educate legislators about key mobile healthcare topics. Don't miss photos on PAAW's Facebook page!
Meet Tom Tornstrom, PAAW's Treasurer since 2014. Tom leads Tri-State Ambulance, and also serves on the American Ambulance Association board.
Chris Anderson of Bell Ambulance has proudly served Wisconsin with world-class mobile healthcare for more than two decades.
Patrick Ryan of Ryan Brothers Ambulance, has served Wisconsin mobile healthcare in a variety of roles over many years.
Created by Samantha Hilker
You’re focused daily on ensuring that care for your patients is as effective as possible and that Wisconsin’s kids are as healthy as possible. WIAAP’s Pediatric Advocacy Day broadens the reach of your expertise beyond your practice and puts it into action to advocate for safer, healthier children in our state.
Join us in Madison on February 28, 2019 to:
Learn effective advocacy strategies
Hear from legislative champions about issues that affect children
Interact directly with policymakers
Share your experiences caring for children
This year’s focus is firearm safety – in response to our many members wanting to contribute their perspective with policymakers. As a physician, your messages count at the Capitol. Put that power to work with us in February!
We'll make it as easy as possible - we will schedule meetings with legislators on your behalf, provide breakfast and lunch, and give you talking points and issue briefs to help you prepare for conversations with legislators. This event is open to all, and there is no charge to attend for WIAAP members.
Learn more or register at www.2019WIAAPAdvocacyDay.Eventbrite.com
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