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December 11, 2014

State EMS Director Job Re-posted

The Wisconsin Department of Health has re-posted the State EMS Director position.  The position was initially posted this past June, but since then and now the EMS Office has been upgraded from a unit to a section.  This change became effective October 1.  With that change also comes a pay grade increase, since the state EMS director position is also considered a section chief.  The salary is negotiable based on qualifications, but the range listed is from $54,876 to $90,548.


For more information or to apply, click here.  The job posting date closes December 16.

November 21, 2014

AED Ambulance Drone on the Way!

A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, could be stationed at various points in a city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds later. The built-in defibrillator unit can be used by anyone and it allows doctors to monitor the situation after the shocks are administered.

The drone includes a webcam and loudspeaker and allows remote doctors to walk people on the scene through the process of attaching the electrodes and preparing the defibrillator.

The creator, Alec Momont of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, said that 20% of people can operate a defibrillator without instruction and the number rises when they have prompts from trained personnel.

In the engineer’s home country some 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the EU every year, and only 8% survive,’ Momont explains. ‘The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of the emergency services (approx. 10 minutes), while brain death and fatalities occur within 4 to 6 minutes. The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient inside a 12 km zone within one minute. This response speed increases the chance of survival following a cardiac arrest from 8% to 80%.’

The system is still in prototype stage but there is a good chance it could be launched in five years for about $20,000 each. Drones are still not allowed to fly autonomously so they can’t wing their way around downtown Delft with their helpful payload… yet. It will be interesting to see these robots flying around one day, dropping first aid when needed.


November 18, 2014

Northwest Wisconsin Ambulance Services to Join Mayo Gold Cross

Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin region’s Ambulance Services will become part of Gold Cross Ambulance on Thursday, Jan. 1. This change affects Ambulance Services based in Barron and Osseo.


The integration will be reflected by changes in reporting structure and rebranded vehicles and employee uniforms during the first quarter of 2015. Ambulance Services employees will continue to be based at the Barron and Osseo hospitals, and their job tasks and responsibilities throughout the hospitals will remain the same. Mayo Clinic Health System and Gold Cross employees will remain Mayo Clinic employees. No employee will lose his or her job as a result of the integration.

This transition is the result of ongoing integration over the past 10 years and is similar to other integration throughout Mayo Clinic Health System, such as Information Technology and the ambulance service in Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Minnesota joining Gold Cross in 2013.


“The goal is to reduce the effort and liability we have invested in operating a stand-alone ambulance service at Mayo Clinic Health System in Barron and Osseo by relying on Mayo Clinic’s ambulance service to provide infrastructure and expertise,” says Rita Sullivan, Administration. “This is more than a change in uniform and ambulance branding. It’s an integration of our patient care and safety culture at a time when Mayo Clinic is positioning itself for health care reform.”


This integration allows for coordinated medical direction and protocols, fleet management, materials management and other quality and safety initiatives.

The Northwest Wisconsin Gold Cross team will be led by Kirk Gunderson, Gold Cross. He will work with closely with operational leadership in Barron and Osseo.


Barron and Osseo’s ambulance services began serving their communities in 1966 and 1971, respectively. Gold Cross, which began operations in 1962 and became part of Mayo Clinic in 1994, has served the Eau Claire region since 1995. Gold Cross is a service of Mayo Clinic Medical Transport, which also includes Mayo One, Mayo MedAir and the Mayo Emergency Communications Center. Together, the team offers 143 years of emergency medical service and experience.

November 17, 2014

Gold Cross Ambulance in Menasha Names New CEO

Mark Fredrickson has been named the new executive director at Gold Cross Ambulance in Menasha (Appleton).  Fredrickson will replace Jack Hill, who will retire Jan. 31 after 29 years at Gold Cross. Fredrickson will assume his new role Feb. 1.

“Three years ago we developed a strategic plan for succession and enlisted outside experts to help guide us,” Thomas Veeser, Gold Cross Ambulance Service board president and chief nursing officer at Affinity Health System, said in a statement. “The board agreed Mark is the right person to succeed Jack and continue to move Gold Cross forward as the leader in providing the best in EMS care in northeast Wisconsin.”

Fredrickson began with Gold Cross 25 years ago as a paramedic. He has been operations director since 2000. He serves on the Wisconsin EMS Board, where he was recently appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to a fourth three-year term. He also serves on the board of the North Central EMS Institute, and is a co-founder, past president and current board member of the Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin (PAAW).

A search is underway for Fredrickson’s successor as the operations leader.

Gold Cross provides paramedic-level care for 911 medical emergencies and non-emergency transport services to more than 260,000 people in portions of Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet and Waupaca counties, responding to more than 17,000 calls each year. It is jointly owned by Affinity Health System and ThedaCare.

November 14, 2014

River Falls EMS to take over Prescott Ambulance's service area

Starting Jan. 1, the Prescott Ambulance Service will be consolidated with the River Falls Emergency Medical Services.

"By combining the strengths of both organizations, we can offer a higher level of service to Prescott and surrounding communities," said Joe Rohl, Prescott Fire and EMS Association president. "While Prescott EMS has been an exceptional partner to our communities, we felt now was the time to expand on our services.  Consolidating with River Falls (EMS) will allow us to provide additional services to the region."

The Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board licenses Prescott as an Advanced EMT ambulance service.

Under its consolidation with River Falls, River Falls EMS will assume the ambulance license, upgrade the license to Critical Care Paramedic and perform all operational duties and be accountable to the Prescott Area Fire and EMS Association.

"We are honored and excited to be the EMS partner for the city of Prescott," said Jeff Rixmann, River Falls EMS Director. "In many ways, EMS providers are on the front line when it comes to public health.

“We are committed to providing the tools, talents, and technology to enhance the exceptional care your communities already receive."

"We look positively towards teaming with Prescott to jointly provide the best patient care to the residents going forward."

To ensure continuity of service, River Falls will hire the Prescott (EMS) employees who wish to work for River Falls EMS.

The Emergency Medical Services will continue to operate out of the existing Prescott Facility, with additional support coming from River Falls.

River Falls EMS provides Critical Care Paramedic level services for the residents in the city of River Falls and Prescott, and towns of Clifton, Oak Grove, and River Falls in Pierce County, and towns of Pleasant Valley, Kinnickinnic, Troy and Warren in St. Croix County.

River Falls EMS serves some 45,000 people and has a rural service coverage area of 220 square miles.

Source:  River Falls Journal

November 9, 2014

Ventilator Recall

On November 9, the Wisconsin EMS Office emailed the attached document for an important ventilator recall. 

If your service(s) are currently using these ventilators for inter-facility transports, please follow the link to see if your ventilator is one that is designated under the recall. 

If your ventilator is included, do not use it for patient care until the software issue can be remedied.

November 3, 2014

NASEMSO and NHTSA to Develop a Set of EMS Performance Measurements

The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) announced today a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a comprehensive set of EMS performance measures.

“We’re excited because measuring performance is the first step toward improving it,” said NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor. “Developing a set of performance measures will give EMS agencies across the country the ability to ensure they are providing high-quality, patient-centered care. We see this as a huge opportunity to transform how we do EMS in this country.”

The two-year project, funded by NHTSA, will engage a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients. The measures will be based on the latest National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) version data and will allow local and state EMS agencies to use their own data meaningfully. The project will facilitate an inclusive and open development process, with participation from dozens of EMS and healthcare experts and organizations and multiple opportunities for input and public comment.

“NHTSA is very pleased to be partnering with NASEMSO and with EMS providers across the United States on this project,” said Drew Dawson, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. “This is the next step in helping EMS, from ambulance services and other emergency medical services, to government agencies, and ultimately the communities and patients they serve.”

News and Information At A Glance

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 08, 2015 10:00 AM • Divine Savior Healthcare (Hospital), Portage, WI
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 • Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI
Thursday, March 05, 2015 10:00 AM • Divine Savior Healthcare (Hospital), Portage, WI
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 • Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI
Thursday, May 07, 2015 10:00 AM • Divine Savior Healthcare (Hospital), Portage, WI
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 • Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI
Thursday, July 09, 2015 10:00 AM • Divine Savior Healthcare (Hospital), Portage, WI
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:00 PM • Tundra Lodge & Convention Center, Green Bay, WI

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