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  • Bill SB59 – Changing Our Language

    This afternoon Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to sign SB59 regarding EMT language changes.

    This bill changes and aligns the terminology for emergency medical technicians to the National Registry language. The changes will be as follows:

    • First Responder becomes Emergency Medical Responder
    • Emergency Medical Technician – Basic becomes Emergency Medical Technician
    • Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate  does not change
    • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is added to reflect the level currently in the state at DHS known as Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate Technician
    • Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic becomes Paramedic


    Emergency medical technician currently refers to all levels of EMT’s : EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate, EMT Paramedic. That term changes to Emergency Medical Services Practitioner under the bill SB39 and includes EMT Advanced.

    Marc Cohen, WEMSA Executive Director will be representing  the Wisconsin EMS Association at the invitation of the Governor at the bill signing ceremony this afternoon.

  • WEMSA Quarterly Board Meeting

    On Sunday, July 9th 2017, the Wisconsin EMS Association will hold it’s quarterly board meeting. The meeting will be held at the SAFER station number 1 located at 5901 Hummingbird Rd, Wausau, WI.  The meeting will be held from 10:00 am until 2:00pm.

    All members are invited to attend.  Attending members should RSVP their registration to no later than July 5th, 2017.

    For more information please contact WEMSA at 414-431-8193.


  • My VA 311 – VA At Your Fingertips

    VA is introducing 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for Veterans and their families who don’t know what number to call. This new national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families have expressed when navigating the 1000+ phone numbers that currently exist.

    With 1-844-MyVA311, Veterans, families, and caregivers can access information about VA services like disability, pension, healthcare eligibility, enrollment, and burial benefits, in addition to a self-service locator to find the nearest VA facility. And if they’re looking for immediate assistance with housing or are having a mental health crisis, MyVA311 will route callers to the Homeless Veteran help line and the Veterans Crisis Line.

    If you know what number you’re calling – keep calling it. None of the existing VA numbers will go away. The future vision is that 1-844-MyVA311 will become a 24/7 one-stop information service platform for all VA services.

     Visit VA’s new site at

    If you don’t find what you need there, visit