Rep. Amy Loudenback of Assembly District 31, from Clinton Wisconsin shares how to communicate with legislators about issue and support legislation. Amy received the State Leader of the year award from WEMSA at the 2018 Working Together Conference and Exposition. 

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Wisconsin EMS Association and American Heart Association Honor

Rep. John Spiros

The Wisconsin EMS Association and the American Heart Association will recognized Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) on June 4th at the Wausau Fire Department. The Wisconsin EMS Association presents its Legislator of the Year award and the American Heart Association presented its Friend with Heart award for Rep. Spiros’ efforts on passing the Dispatcher Assisted CPR law in Wisconsin.

 The law ensures all 911 dispatchers in Wisconsin can give CPR coaching over the phone during a cardiac arrest emergency. Currently, Wisconsin’s bystander CPR rate is around 19%, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, but this new law aims to increase that. When someone collapses because of cardiac arrest, their chance of survival falls 10% with each passing minute between cardiac arrest and the start of CPR. When bystander CPR is administered, it doubles and even triples the chance that the victims survive. With this law, 911 dispatchers in Wisconsin will be able to help callers begin bystander CPR immediately on a cardiac arrest victim as first responders are en route.

Rep. Spiros worked with both organizations for the last few years, building support for this issue among legislators, stakeholders and the public.

 

  

We are delighted to announce the election of six new members of the Wisconsin EMS Association Board. Congratulations to Brian Donaldson from Wisconsin Rapids with Waushara County EMS, Melanie Jorgenson from Spring Valley with Spring Valley Area Ambulance, Jamie Stephenson from Broadhead with Albany Area EMS and Fitch-Rona EMS, Chris Wright from Stanley with Cadott Community Ambulance and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Jay Young from Bloomer with Bloomer Ambulance and Gold Cross Ambulance, and Aimee Zeinert from Shawano with Shawano Ambulance Service.
The board members join continuing board members Josh Kowalke from Reedsburg with Reedsburg Ambulance Area Service, Jennifer Smith from Hudson with St. Croix EMS and Regions Hospital, Kirk Gunderson with Gold Cross Ambulance and Mayo Hospital, Don Kimlicka from Weston with Clintonville Area Ambulance, Sara Vnuk from New Richmond with Baldwin Area Ambulance/Clear Lake Area Ambulance, and Stacey Zellmer from Tomah with Oakdale Area First Responders.
Please join us in welcoming all of the new board members and reach out to congratulate them.  The Wisconsin EMS Association, as the “Voice of EMS in Wisconsin,” represents almost 7,000 members and 375 services that provide hundreds of thousands of life saving calls throughout the state.
 
 

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