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Questions Surround Future of State's EMS Office

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 11:30 PM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

PAAW leadership to meet with DHS officials

In the next few weeks, the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin will be meeting with officials at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. 


According to PAAW President Patrick Ryan, “Questions and concerns have been raised in light of recent changes at the State’s EMS Office and its future direction.  We felt now was an appropriate time to contact DHS and have this important conversation, which they scheduled a time with us shortly after the letter was sent.”  He added, “We’ve had productive conversations in the past with officials at DHS and feel we will again.”


The letter sent to DHS identified three areas PAAW would like to discuss, to include:

  1. What are the short and long term plans for the Office and how will the industry’s needs be met?
  2. What is the status of the most recent NHTSA review?  Discussion on the study has seemingly been non-existent.
  3. Concerns with the reduction in Funding Assistance Program (FAP) funds available to state providers.
As an EMS stakeholder, PAAW is committed to insuring the strength and vitality of EMS in Wisconsin through representation of its members and EMS at-large.
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