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EMS Regionalization

Thursday, July 07, 2016 8:31 AM | PAAW Administrator (Administrator)

EMS Live in Wisconsin Podcast

By Joe Covelli, PAAW Executive Director

Our most recent EMS Live in Wisconsin podcast regarded EMS regionalization, a topic that has been discussed over the years, but may get new traction with the recent emergence of an appointed legislative council.  The council, which was created under authority of the Wisconsin Legislature, is charged with studying the volunteer firefighter and EMT shortages.  Their first meeting is Tuesday, July 26, with additional meetings scheduled monthly until the end of the year.  >> Click to see who's on the Study Committee.

In 1992, and again in 1996, a legislative council was convened to study the EMT shortage.  The Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board was tasked with writing a report and offering recommendations.  The study and report took six months to write and was delivered on-time to the Wisconsin EMS Bureau.  The Board's recommendation centered around EMS regionalization.  Does EMS regionalization present a solution today?  >> Find out by listening to this podcast.

Our podcast guests included Gold Cross Ambulance Executive Director Mark Fredrickson and Dr. Marv Birnbaum, a longtime advocate for EMS regionalization.

>> Click here to listen now.
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