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  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:46 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    >> Click to listen now!

    This EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast was about PulsePoint - a trained citizen alert smartphone app for CPR events.

    Our podcast guest was Samantha Hilker with Gold Cross Ambulance, Menasha, Wisconsin.  She recently introduced PulsePoint to the Fox Valley area.  They've had over 1,000 followers signup to receive alerts.

    Talking Points:

    • PulsePoint is currently in use in 2,400+ communities around the country, and has been operating for seven years. The experience in those communities has been extremely positive with no negative consequences. The people who respond sincerely want to help. In many situations, responders are off-duty EMS and healthcare professionals.  The PulsePoint website is >> www.PulsePoint.org.
    • Having citizen responders is critical. Gold Cross serves the entire region - 1,200 square miles of portions of Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet and Waupaca counties. That's a lot of territory to cover. The more people who are able and willing to respond, the better.
    • Although the app is free, users have to stipulate they know CPR when downloading the app, indicating that if alerted they will respond within the context of their training.
    • The alert only goes to PulsePoint users within a 1/4 mile radius of the patient, so that's a limited group of people who understand they may be alerted, and want to offer aid.

    Questions to be discussed:

    1. What is it?

    2. How does it work?

    3. Are strangers going to show up at my house if I call 911?

    4. What about HIPAA?

    5. Will I be sued if I help someone?

    >> Click to listen now!

    Don't miss a beat of EMS action - listen to EMS Live in Wisconsin!
  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017 7:06 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast

    >> Click to listen live!

    Live podcast Tuesday, August 22, starting at 9:00 a.m.

    The next EMS Live in Wisconsin live podcast discussion is about PulsePoint - a trained citizen alert smartphone app for CPR events.  Listen live by dialing 646-929-1081, or on any internet connected device at >> http://tobtr.com/10222925.  The program will run live until 9:30 a.m. (30-minutes).

    Our podcast guest is Samantha Hilker with Gold Cross Ambulance, Menasha, Wisconsin.  She recently introduced PulsePoint to the Fox Valley area.

    Talking Points:

    • PulsePoint is currently in use in 2,400+ communities around the country, and has been operating for seven years. The experience in those communities has been extremely positive with no negative consequences. The people who respond sincerely want to help. In many situations, responders are off-duty EMS and healthcare professionals.  The PulsePoint website is >>www.PulsePoint.org.
    • Having citizen responders is critical. Gold Cross serves the entire region - 1,200 square miles of portions of Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet and Waupaca counties. That's a lot of territory to cover. The more people who are able and willing to respond, the better.
    • Although the app is free, users have to stipulate they know CPR when downloading the app, indicating that if alerted they will respond within the context of their training.
    • The alert only goes to PulsePoint users within a 1/4 mile radius of the patient, so that's a limited group of people who understand they may be alerted, and want to offer aid.

    Questions to be discussed:

    1. What is it?

    2. How does it work?

    3. Are strangers going to show up at my house if I call 911?

    4. What about HIPAA?

    5. Will I be sued if I help someone?

    >> Click to listen live!

    Don't miss a beat of EMS action - listen to EMS Live in Wisconsin!
  • Monday, August 21, 2017 7:40 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    The Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin will host its 30th annual conference in Green Bay, September 20 to 22. The conference is specifically designed for Service Directors, Medical Directors and Training Centers.

    The program will start at 10:00 AM on Wednesday morning September 20 with initial individual and provider introductions.  Thursday and Friday will continue with excellent presentations that will have everyone talking all year long. 

    The conference agenda is listed below with daily registration fee noted.  For more information or to register, go to >> www.PSOW.org.

    Wednesday, September 20 (Daily Registration Fee - $75.00, includes meals/break items)

    8:00 a.m.       Registration open

    10:00 a.m.     Presentation of Colors EMS Honor Guard

    10:05 a.m.     Welcome and introductions

    10:20 a.m.     Ambulance service introductions and initiatives

    12:00 noon   Lunch*

    1:00 p.m.       Ambulance service introductions and initiatives (continued)

    2:00 p.m.       Provider Stress and Wellness (Rick Barney, MD)

    3:00 p.m.       Break in vendor area*

    3:30 p.m.       “Hot Topics” (Moderated by Dan Williams)

    4:30 p.m.       Hospitality with vendors*

    6:00 p.m.       Dinner on your own

    Thursday, September 21(Daily Registration Fee - $95.00, includes meals/break items)

    7:00 a.m.       Breakfast*

    7:30 a.m.       Registration open

    8:00 a.m.       Addiction is a Brain Disease (Rick Barney, MD)

    9:00 a.m.       Exclusive vendor hour*

    10:00 a.m.     Shared Community Paramedic Project (Josh Finke)

    11:00 a.m.     Advanced EMS and Stroke Protocols (Kerry Ahrens)

    12:00 noon   Lunch*

    1:00 p.m.       Fraud, Abuse and Compliance (Wendy Arends, Attorney)

    2:00 p.m.       “Hot Topics (continued) (Moderated by Dan Williams)

    3:00 p.m.       Break*

    3:30 p.m.       Ask the Doc’s (Panel Discussion)

    5:00 p.m.       Cocktails

    6:00 p.m.       Banquet Dinner and Wisconsin Stars of Life Program*

    Friday, September 22 (Daily Registration Fee - $25.00, includes meals/break items)

    7:00 a.m.       Breakfast*

    8:00 a.m.       Summary and discussion on earlier topics (Dan Williams)

    8:30 a.m.       State Medical Director’s Report (Suzanne Martens, MD)

    9:15 a.m.       State-of-the-State questions and answers (James Newlun)

    10:30 a.m.     Conference wrap-up

    *Meals and vendor break snack items included in registration fee

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 7:08 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    Wisconsin-based company ranked on list at No. 2897

    Recently, Inc. magazine released their 36th annual Inc. 5000 list, the nation’s most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.  Aladtec, Inc. moved up 20 spots, moving from No. 2917 last year to No. 2897 this year. The company ranked No. 3197 in 2015. Only one in five businesses on the list achieve the accolade of appearing on the list three times.

    The annual list highlights the most successful independent small businesses based on growth. Previous companies who are now household names first appeared as honorees on Inc. 5000 - including Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many others. Ranking number one this year is San Francisco based Skillz - a popular mobile-gaming platform.

    Aladtec was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in River Falls, Wisconsin. They provide online employee scheduling and workforce management software solutions to over 1,900 organizations primarily within the Public Safety Sector.  Nearly 120,000 people use the system and a half-billion hours have been scheduled using Aladtec.

    "We are extremely honored to be on the Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row,” states Aladtec Founder, and President, David Feyereisen.  “But we don't seek growth just for the sake of growth. We strive to provide the hometown heroes in Public Safety with the finest workforce management solution money can buy, at a price any department can afford. Our staff is dedicated to that goal and our continued growth is a result of that dedication.”

  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:59 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin is pleased to announce the 2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life.  Each person was nominated by their local ambulance service, and will be presented with Stars of Life recognition and honors for their dedication and commitment.  The Stars of Life celebration is the most rewarding and exciting Wisconsin event in our field and is modeled after the American Ambulance Association's National Stars of Life.


    2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life Honorees

    Tami Aerts nominated by County Rescue Services

    Chris Cuddy nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance

    Christopher Dallas nominated by Valders Ambulance

    Patrick Donoghue nominated by Bell Ambulance

    Elizabeth Ferger-Olsen nominated by Paratech Ambulance Service

    Angela Gonzalez nominated by Palmyra Public Safety Department

    Jon Hagen nominated by Flight For Life

    Paul Harrison nominated by Ryan Brothers Ambulance

    Steve Hensley nominated by Tri-State Ambulance

    Amanda Holtz nominated by Orange Cross Ambulance

    Ryan Janus nominated by Bell Ambulance

    Bob Kelter nominated by Baraboo EMS

    David Krueger nominated by Grant EMS

    Mary LaPorte nominated by Riverside Fire District 

    Dr. Suzanne Martens nominated by Valders Ambulance

    Lori McConochie nominated by Cambria Community Ambulance Service

    David Mike nominated by Paratech Ambulance

    Tyler Miller nominated by Tri-State Ambulance

    Kenny Monteith nominated by Tri-State Regional Ambulance

    Dan Morth nominated by Ellsworth Area Ambulance

    Tom Pasch nominated by Ryan Brothers Ambulance

    Brian Randall nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance

    Russell Schafer nominated by Lodi Area EMS

    Jeri Schiffman nominated by Tri-State Regional Ambulance

    Sandra Steenweg nominated by Pickerel Rescue Squad

    Bob Sternhagen (posthumous) nominated by Gold Cross Ambulance

    Benjamin Waldera nominated by Divine Savior Healthcare EMS

    Robert Whitton nominated by Paratech Ambulance

    Mark Willer nominated by Baraboo EMS

    The 2017 event will be the tenth time PAAW has proudly presented the Wisconsin Stars of Life program.  This special event recognizes and honors the dedication of ambulance service professionals - people that stand out in every area of our field.


    Schedule of Events

    2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life honorees will be recognized at a series of events, to include a welcome reception, banquet dinner and awards program during the Paramedic Systems of Wisconsin Conference, Thursday, September 21, Green Bay, and sometime in October or November at the State Capitol, Madison.

    One person from the group of 2017 honorees will be selected and advance to represent Wisconsin.  This individual will be recognized at the National Stars of Life program in Washington, D.C., June 11 to 13, 2018.  PAAW will provide a $750 travel voucher, and the American Ambulance Association Foundation will provide a grant for hotel and event registration fees for the Star, Star's guest, and host (employer).

    >> Click for more on Wisconsin Stars of Life.
  • Tuesday, August 08, 2017 7:59 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)
    >> Click to listen now for on-demand playback.

    This EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast was recorded live on August 8. 

    Dana Sechler, EMS Director at Baraboo District Ambulance and PAAW Board of Director member, testified on August 2 during a public hearing before the legislative Assembly's Committee on Health at the State Capitol, Madison.

    The public hearing regarded the three bills noted below.

    Assembly Bill 310 relating to funding for first responder and emergency medical technician training and certification and making an appropriation.  >> Click for Bill history.

    Assembly Bill 311 relating to upgrading service levels for ambulances in rural areas.  >> Click for Bill history.

    Assembly Bill 356 relating to licensure or certificate renewal for certain emergency medical services personnel and ambulance service providers.  >> Click for Bill history.

    >> Click to listen now for on-demand playback.
  • Monday, August 07, 2017 8:19 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Stars of Life

    Twenty-seven emergency medical practitioners were nominated by their local ambulance service to receive Wisconsin Stars of Life honors.  The nomination period closed August 1.

    The class of 2017 Wisconsin Stars of Life honorees will have their names announced during the live EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast on Tuesday, August 8 starting at 9:00 a.m.  To listen live, dial-in using 646-929-1081, or on any internet connected device at http://tobtr.com/10188847.

    Honorees will be recognized at a series of events beginning with a dinner and awards banquet on September 21 in Green Bay.

    Wisconsin Stars of Life has been proudly produced by the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin since 2006.  >> Click for more information on the Wisconsin Stars of Life program.

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 11:47 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)
    On Wednesday, August 2, the Assembly's Committee on Health will hold a public hearing on three EMS bills outlined below.  The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. in room 328 Northwest at the State Capitol, Madison.  >> Click for meeting agenda.

    Assembly Bill 310 relating to funding for first responder and emergency medical technician training and certification and making an appropriation. 
    >> Click for Bill history.

    Assembly Bill 311 relating to
    upgrading service levels for ambulances in rural areas.  >> Click for Bill history.

    Assembly Bill 356 relating to
    licensure or certificate renewal for certain emergency medical services personnel and ambulance service providers.  >> Click for Bill history.

  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:17 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast Archive

    Our most popular podcast ever just reached 2,500 downloads!

    >> Click for on-demand download and listen now!

    On Monday, May 4, 2015, PAAW completed a special EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast with guests Dr. Eugene Nagel, Randolph Mantooth and Nancy McFarland. 

    The 60-minute program was dedicated to discussing the start of Paramedic systems, those responsible for its rise in the 1960's and 70's, the determination and vision it took, and based on their experiences how they see the industry evolving into Community Paramedicine!

    Eugene Nagel is a retired anesthesiologist. He was an innovative pioneer who served as medical director for the City of Miami Fire Department's rescue operation from 1964 to 1974. During those 10 years, Dr. Nagel developed the first paramedic program utilizing telemetry and voice medical control.  The biophone or “orange box” was a familiar piece of equipment on the TV show EMERENCY!  The TV show’s unit now resides on display at the Smithsonian Institute. 

    Randolph Mantooth is an actor, producer and speaker. Widely known for his role as Paramedic John Gage in the TV series EMERGENCY! -- the show that transformed America's perception and approach to emergency medical care in the 1970s and introduced millions to the word "paramedic" for the first time. Mr. Mantooth is a popular speaker at Fire and EMS events, and an advocate for firefighter health and safety.  His website is www.RandolphMantooth.com.

    Nancy McFarland is a retired LA County Fire Museum board director and Chair of the Pioneers of Paramedicine Committee. Ms. McFarland was instrumental in uniting the four doctors credited with starting the first (fire-based) paramedic programs in the United States in the late 1960s for taped interviews and a Lifetime Achievement Awards Gala in May of 2010.  The Pioneers of Paramedicine website and video is located at >> http://pioneersofparamedicine.com/

    >> Click for on-demand download and listen now!

    EMS Live in Wisconsin is broadcast live on the phone and via the internet the second and fourth Tuesday every month starting at 9:00 a.m. and typically running 30 minutes. 

    Don't miss a beat of the action - listen to EMS Live in Wisconsin.

  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 7:43 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

    Standby for Tones Blog

    It’s hot, and she’s not dressed for it. Sweatshirt and sweatpants, tee shirt and socks with laced up tennies. She’s currently sitting in the rear of a squad car, guzzling on a bottle of Sprite that is sweating only slightly less than she is.

    Passersby found her, she was down on the ground and it was pretty clear she’d fallen. Someone helped her up, but then she fell again. So they called it in, the nice officer who responded scoped out the clothing situation and her speech, and activated EMS non-emergent. Now we’re here, and I lead my student across the street from our parking spot towards the black and white. My partner updates MedComm that we are on location, and brings up the rear. On this initial evaluation we’ve got the cardiac monitor. The bag is feet away should we need anything.

    The lady was assisted out of her sweatshirt by the officer prior to our arrival. Pink and white camouflage, it’s more at home in a rural environment than here in the city but I guess you never know where people hail from originally. Little bits of home from all over converge in any metropolis, and you get what you get. The only constant is that the kaleidoscope keeps moving, the bits and pieces keep on tumbling.

    >> Click to read more of the story...

    "Standby for Tones" is a blog written by Crystal Wallin, a La Crosse paramedic.  Her stories, written from real life events, bring to light the human experience in having an EMS career and work life. 

    >> Click to read Crystal's blog.
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