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Dane County Recognizes Emergency Responders for Upcoming National Emergency Medical Services Week May 19th

May 13, 2013
Carrie Meier, 608.266.5374; Tim Hillebrand, 608.266.9167; Casey Slaughter Becker, Office of the County Executive 608.267.8823 or cell, 608.843.8858
County Executive


The week of May 19th is National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week and Dane County is recognizing the efforts of the highly trained men and women who serve their communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year prompt and effective emergency medical care.


Dane County Emergency Management helps coordinate a seamless network of emergency responders that team together, regardless of municipal boundaries, ensuring everyday that those with the most critical emergencies receive the highest level of care.


“Our emergency medical services network shows how well public services can work together for the betterment of all,” County Executive Joe Parisi said.  “Because Dane County’s emergency medical service providers work as a cohesive system, we are pioneering innovative and life saving techniques - - from our biggest cities to our most rural countryside.” 


Parisi noted the first step to getting the right medical care starts in the Dane County Public Safety Communications (911) Center where dispatchers use a template of questions that determines the severity of an emergency medical situation and can then in turn send appropriate help.


Dane County ambulances also use what’s known as 12-Lead EKG technology, so even before a patient gets to a hospital doctors know whether cardiac surgery is needed - - bypassing the need for a patient to be evaluated in the emergency department.  The EKG printout detects what is happening with the heart and can show possible blockage, saving extensive time between the onset of symptoms and when arteries are opened.  That work is saving hearts and lives!


Activities around the County in recognition of EMS week include:


Marshall EMS Annual Safety Fair: Saturday, May 18th 10am – 2pm
119 Industrial Drive, Marshall


Cross Plains EMS Brat Sale: Saturday, May 18th 10:30am – 2pm
True Value Hardware Store, 1816 Main Street, Cross Plains

McFarland Area EMS Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale: Sunday, May 19th 7am-Noon
5915 Milwaukee Street, McFarland

Belleville Area EMS Open House:  Wednesday, May 22nd 5pm -7pm
480 River Street, Belleville


Waunakee Area EMS Scoopie Night at Culvers: Wednesday, May 22nd  4pm – 8pm
900 E Main Street, Waunakee

For more information please contact Dane County Emergency Management – EMS Division at dcems@co.dane.wi.usor (608) 266-4387.


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