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  • Threats Update Against Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Public Sector Personnel Released

    The Southeastern Threat Analysis Center (WSIC) together with the Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (STAC) have released a document outlining threats to EMS providers in recent months. Law enforcement has been facing increased numbers of threats and actions against them over the past several years. As those threats continue to increase, they have now expanded to include threats and actions against first responders, emergency medical providers and firefighters. The joint document, released in August, 2016, details accounts of numerous actual threats and actions made against these allied responders.

    The document includes dozens of documented threats and actions against first responders in Wisconsin during the months of June and July, 2016. The document also includes links to attachments regarding how to determine what activity constitutes a threat – as opposed to constitutionally protected activity such as freedom of speech. Because many of the threats have taken place across social media platforms, it can sometimes be difficult to separate bonafide threats from freedom of speech.

    Wisconsin EMS providers are encouraged to download and review the document in order to improve their awareness of the increase of these types of threats in recent months. Links to supporting documents are included on the final page of the document.

  • Thousand Dollar Scholarships Available for EMS Students

    A total of three, $1,000, scholarships are being offered from the Platinum Educational Group as one-time awards. Because the company has recently expanded its product line to include the nursing and allied health fields, they have likewise  expanded their 2016 scholarships program to include EMS.

    Potential candidates interested in applying for one of the scholarships need to fit the criteria and have all paperwork submitted by July 15, 2016. All scholarships will be decided by a panel of community advocates. The winners will be announced during the first week of August.

    Applicants must be attending a state-approved or accredited EMS, nursing or allied health program. To apply, applicants must provide a copy of their student ID and state identification card, submit a letter of recommendation form completed by the program instructor, provide a follow-up photo, and include a brief essay (500 words maximum) on what interested you in your field and what your plans are upon graduating.

    Application forms are available right now below. Download, complete and submit the application form by no later than July 15 to be considered for one of the scholarships.

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    Wisconsin HSS Secretary and EMS Advocate Kitty Rhoades Dies Suddenly

    Gov. Scott Walker released a statement Saturday that Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades, 65, died after becoming ill earlier this week. She died surrounded by her family, according to Walker.

    Rhoades was appointed by Walker as secretary of the DHS in February 2013 after she had been with the department since 2011 serving as the deputy secretary. Before joining DHS, Rhoades, of Hudson, served in the state Assembly from 1999 until 2011, representing the 30th District in northwestern Wisconsin. During her service, she co-chaired the Legislature’s budget committee, among other leadership positions. Read More »