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    31st Working Together Conference Only Days Away

    Only a few days remain until the 31st annual Working Together Conference & Exposition, held at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The exposition hall is a virtual sellout – including an additional 2,000 square feet of booths over last years already huge show. It’s the largest expo for EMS and Fire in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois and is by far the best place for you to find out about the latest products for the emergency services.

    Nearly 70 sessions will be held throughout the four-day run of the conference, plus a bonus session on Sunday morning. Nearly all of the sessions remain available. Participants can still register at the door for any of the days as well as for exposition hall-only admission.

    If you are involved in EMS or fire, you simply don’t want to miss this year’s Working Together Conference & Exposition. Get more details in the conference section or even better yet, download the conference app and get a fully interactive look at the conference.

    We’ll be providing photo coverage all week long right here at WisconsinEMS.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter and in the conference app. If you can’t attend you can still follow along with all of the action. Better yet, make last minute plans and join nearly 2,000 participants at the Wisconsin Center starting on Wednesday, January 25.

  • First Quarter 2017 Board of Directors Meeting Changed

    Due to scheduling conflicts, the Wisconsin EMS Association Board of Directors meeting previously scheduled for Sunday, January 8, has been changed. The new board meeting will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017, from 10:30 until 2:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin EMS Association office. All current WEMSA members are invited and encouraged to attend any board meeting. Meetings are listed in the Calendar of Events here on the Wisconsin EMS Association website.

  • WEMSA Supports Repairing Wisconsin Roads for EMS and Patient Safety

    Speaker Vos rides along with his cousin, Burlington emergency responder Mike Vos, who says they often have to apologize for the bumpiness and that people “suffer with the bumpy roads because it just magnifies the pain.”

    Vos’ cousin says in many cases, drivers have to pull over so the patient can get an IV, but in some emergencies “that’s just not feasible.” Sometimes, he adds as the camera shakes from the ride, another person has to hold onto the responder inserting the needle to make sure they’ve got the proper balance.

    Vos, R-Rochester, says he “can’t even imagine” what that’s like.

    “While some think our roads are just fine, for people who deal with life-and-death situations, it makes a really big difference,” Vos says.

    The video, he says, started when his cousin sent him a Facebook message telling him of how difficult some of the rides can be. Vos says he decided to take “him up on his challenge” and take the ambulance throughout Racine County.

    That includes a portion of Highway 11 that was completed a few years ago, with Vos pointing out there’s nothing “bouncing around” during that part of the video.

    “You can see the real difference in investing in transportation,” Vos says. “This patient has almost no movement. We see that you can actually have a conversation. You can talk to somebody and actually discuss what’s happening with somebody as they’re in a life-threatening situation. It makes a big difference.” Read More »

  • Wisconsin EMTs and Service Directors Asked To Complete New Survey

    Earlier this year the Office of Rural Health and the State EMS Section asked Wisconsin EMS providers to complete a survey looking at the attributes of a successful ambulance service. Preliminary results from the survey have been released and are currently available on their website.

    Because they found the information that was collected to be very valuable, they are now hoping to find out more about time-critical diagnosis capabilities of ambulance services in Wisconsin.  To do this, they have developed a second assessment survey, this time focused on stroke, STEMI, trauma and cardiac arrest patient care policies and procedures. Like the previous survey, the patient care assessment will provide a snapshot of EMS capacity in Wisconsin and the results will help to guide statewide policy recommendations.  They are again asking Wisconsin EMS services to provide service-specific information, in order to target assistance and other resources where they are most needed.

    With the new survey, the office is asking every registered EMT affiliated with an ambulance service to participate – not just the service director.  The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.  As an incentive, they will randomly select three agencies to receive $100 towards the purchase of appropriate equipment, training, or conference registration.  To be eligible, at least one member of the agency must complete the assessment.

    EMTs of all levels, together with service directors, are strongly encouraged to complete this survey by responding to the email request recently sent to all providers. If you can’t locate the email or don’t believe you received one, the Office of Rural Health will be sending out reminders. You can complete the survey here. Watch for reports on the data in coming months.