“Volunteer departments are active in many rural areas of the state, including western Racine County. About 80 percent of the state is covered by volunteer agencies,” said Marc Cohen, executive director of the Wisconsin EMS Association, adding, “There isn’t a quick fix.” The quotes are included in an article from the Racine Journal Times regarding the recent introduction of legislation designed to help address a shortage of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians.
Six bills were introduced on February 8 and 9, and referred to state Senate committees. Cohen said he appreciates legislators’ work toward addressing the issue, even if the problem isn’t instantly solved. “I think the legislators are well-intentioned and really want to find a solution,” Cohen said, adding, “I think the solutions are complicated.”
The full article from the Racine Journal Times can be seen here. As Your Voice for EMS, the Wisconsin EMS Association is often asked by local, state and national media outlets to provide quotes and commentary to be included in news stories they are running.
The WEMSA bi-monthly magazine, EMS Professionals, will include a feature story detailing all of the legislation that the recent Legislative Council Study Committee helped to create. Watch for the feature in the March-April edition of EMS Professionals magazine.