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January 25, 2021

12/4/2020 2:12:00 PM
Dodgeville Area Ambulance Services begins transition into a full-time EMS department
At Tuesday's regularly scheduled Dodgeville City Council meeting, council members were presented with a proposal to transition into a full-time EMS department.
The process of going to a full-time department began in the spring with the hiring of Brian Cushman as a full-time EMS Director. The ultimate goal Cushman was tasked with was transitioning the department to a full-time paid staffed EMS.
The Dodgeville Ambulance service has had a large increase of calls over the last few years, surpassing 1200 calls last year. They are one of the busiest ambulance services in Southwest Wisconsin. While the service is fortunate to have a great group of volunteers, the hours they can give is declining. All levels of EMS are having the training hours increase in 2022. Another factor is the decline in volunteers due to the amount of continuing education required to keep their certification.
Cushman presented the city council with a plan that would hire four full-time Advanced EMT's with a starting wage of $16-18 hour, based on experience, plus benefits. These shifts would probably be 12-hour duration and rotate to cover seven days a week to help offset the volunteer hours that we currently have. The hours covered potentially is the 6 a.m. to midnight shifts....
(See the rest of this story in the December 3, 2020 Dodgeville Chronicle issue)

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