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March 28, 2020

3/3/2020 10:07:00 AM
City of Dodgeville approves First Net, goes over EMS Staffing
From staffing, to cellular service providers, emergency medical services for the city of Dodgeville were a big topic of discussion at Wednesday night's city council meeting.
Dodgeville Area Ambulance Service (DAAS) Director Brian Cushman provided council members with Dodgeville's EMS reports.
The first was the end of year report for 2019. Cushman pointed out that DAAS services had over 1,000 calls last year, almost 100 more calls than normal. The top five reasons broken down were as follows: motor vehicle accidents: 184; transfers out of hospitals: 158; falls: 138; sick patients: 59, and breathing problems: 57.
Cushman said that DAAS is currently working on changing their operational plan, and will have to adjust some of the licensure levels that they can have,
"These are mandated by the state of Wisconsin to have a certain level of license here on the ambulance," Cushman said. "We have to change some of our operational plan that dictates how we're going to do things, how we're going to respond, and how we're going to transfer out of the hospitals."
Another component of the plan includes changing DAAS medical protocols, to better align with all the other agencies they are involved with. Cushman informed the council that the state of Wisconsin has allowed adding Tylenol and Ibuprofen for pain management, both of which were not allowed to be given to patients before. They have also looked at other diabetic medications that can be distributed.
DAAS has also been discussing staffing with the city council for quite some time. At this time current membership is at 24. With members that do not live in the city there are 19 members that are covering 24 hours a day.
"With the call volume we are looking at, each member is taking approximately 126 hours of call time per month," Cushman said. "That's almost another full-time job for everybody."
DAAS is looking to find a happy medium for volunteers; to volunteer full time, the happy medium could potentially be 96 hours, while part time would be 63.
Dodgeville emergency and law enforcement providers have made a request to transfer cellular services to the FirstNet program. FirstNet representative Brandon Harris and Dodgeville Police Chief David Bauer gave a brief presentation.
FirstNet is a provider that works alongside of at&t but it's an actual separate entity, available for first responders any other public safety representative. It was formed after 9/1, to respond in times of mass incidents that involves potentially high cellular traffic.
By passing the agreement of transferring the city's public safety representatives contract to FirstNet, it would help public safety officers not having to compete with commercial networks during emergency incidents.
Council members unanimously approved the agreement.
After the Dodgeville library advisory referendum passed, council members discussed having a future joint meeting with the library board in order to go over agreements with architects and ensuring that "t's are crossed and i's are dotted."
In other city council business:
-Council members approved Temporary Class "B"/"Class B" License for Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce-WI Grilled Cheese Championship, Harris Park Ley Memorial Pavilion, 600 Bennett Rd-April 25, 2020.
-Council members approved a street use permit to the Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce for the Pop-Up Town Square event, as well as a temporary B License for the event taking place July 11-July 18 2020.
-The City of Dodgeville's TID is scheduled to end in 2020. Wisconsin Statutes allow the city to adopt a resolution to extend the TID for one more year. Kurt Muchow, Vierbicher gave a summary that discussed the potential restructuring of a TID. More discussion is expected to happen at the March 17 meeting
-Council members accepted a bid to replace the City of Dodgeville's SUV
-Council members gave authorization to purchase and install routers in police vehicles
-Council members gave permission to solicit RFP's for re-evaluation/assessment services
-Council members accepted Dodgeville's Fire Department Airpack Upgrade Quotes
-Council members approved a new one Year operator license for John Savage (Ends June 30, 2020).
-Council members approved a new one year operator license for Justin Gaukel ( Ends June 30, 2020).
-Council members approved a new two year operator license for Morgan Knowler (Ends June 30, 2021).

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