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Why do those of us in the emergency services keep doing what we do? Why is everyone so interested in hearing about what we do? Check out our latest quick look video clip from the most recent Working Together conference as Anthony Avillo explains it. This is just one example of the great sessions that take place every year at the Working Together Conference & Exposition. You can see more short video clips right now in the conference media section. Or check out this latest video clip right now.
All of the details on the next Working Together conference are online right now. Check out the schedule and then get yourself registered for one of the largest EMS conferences in the country – the Working Together Conference & Exposition.
The American Heart Association (AHA) has been working towards the introduction of a new bill that would require dispatchers to be trained to provide CPR instructions to those calling 911 during an emergency. Currently in draft form, LRB 2305, by Senator Jerry Petrowski and Representative Trig Pronschinske, will ensure all 911 dispatchers are trained to talk callers through performing CPR.
The bill is supported by the Wisconsin EMS Association along with other emergency services and law enforcement groups. The AHA, WEMSA, and other groups are asking that EMS providers contact their local legislators and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill. Legislator contact information can be located here. When calling or sending an email, please include your home address so they know you are a constituent. Asking for their support on LRB 2305 will only take a few minutes and will greatly help this bill to succeed.
The Wisconsin EMS Association together with other EMS and fire stakeholders will be hosting EMS Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street in Madison. This very important event will allow for attendees to meet their representatives so they can educate them to best help EMS to provide high quality service in the State of Wisconsin.
The headquarters for the event will be inside of the state capital, second floor North Hearing Room. Water and snacks will be available along with the ability to provide and obtain feedback and requests for followup.
– 9:00 AM Welcome (Partner Panel) – History, goals for today, key talking points and bills
– 9:30 AM Legislative speaker panel – Sen Nass, Rep Kremer, Rep Shankland, Rep Loudenbeck all invited
– 10:00 AM Lobbying 101, what it looks like, what to expect
– 10:20 AM Lobbying Packet Review
– 10:40 AM The Legislative “Asks”
– 12:00 PM Lunch served and walk to Capitol building for visits
Wisconsin EMS Association members are encouraged to attend and help support this important initiative. You can register here so we know how many EMS providers are coming to participate and can provide snacks and supplies for everyone. With your help we are hoping to show the legislators what EMS means to Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Thursday, September 28th to honor Matthew Deicher, an EMT and Firefighter
who passed away on Monday. Matt was seriously injured in July of 2003 when the ambulance he was transporting a patient in rolled over on state Highway 39 in Marathon County. Matt, along with two other EMTs, were transporting a patient to the hospital at the time and were all injured in the crash. The patient was killed. Matt suffered the most serious injuries and became paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair as a result of it.
The Wisconsin EMS Association featured Matt’s story in the November-December 2004 edition of EMS Professionals magazine. Find out more about Matt and his family, learn of his struggles, and see how he rose to conquer new challenges following the crash in this archive magazine article. Matt was truly an inspiration to EMTs in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. EMS World magazine also shared his story nationally.
Matt gave to the many people he helped in his community as a volunteer EMT and firefighter. Our condolences go out to his family. In addition to the feature article, Matt’s obituary can also be viewed here.