THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: December 20, 2017
Letter to Editor:
It worked for 70 years, Why Change?
The Emergency Rescue Squad (ERS) has been responding to EMS calls in the Tri-City area for over 70 years. A meeting was held months ago with ERS, discussing the possibility of Marinette Fire expanding their response area. Proposals were made but follow-up meetings never happened, and we weren't invited to the city council meeting. Instead, ERS was blindsided by a newspaper article stating that the decision had been made (without further input from us) and that Marinette Fire would now respond to EMS calls city-wide.
ERS is a volunteer organization with 42 members from Emergency Medical Responders to EMT's to Paramedics. We provide a level of care at the EMT-Basic level - below the certification of BAMC's Paramedic service and higher than Marinette Fire's Emergency Medical Responder level. We have been there 24/7 for 70+ years, caring for the sick and injured in our communities, responding to 200+ calls/month. We survive on monetary donations and on the time and abilities of our members. How much will a fire truck and crew responding cost city taxpayers? The article didn't say, yet without this and other considerations, the memorandum passed.
Fire Department says they respond to calls faster. I would hope so - they are all together at the station with their vehicles. Calls where time is essential - CPR calls, choking, etc. - I understand. Other than that, a couple minutes doesn't make a difference in patient outcome, as it has not in our over 70 years of doing this.
ERS and Fire have worked together for years. We have invited them to our EMS training to share our knowledge. When our resources are tapped, we page fire for help. Why can't we continue doing it this way?
The city of Marinette can do what they want, but the implication that this was a cooperative decision made with the input and consideration of ERS is incorrect. We have concerns with this decision and the hastiness with which it was made, and we want to make it clear to the public that we fully intend to continue serving our communities.
To show your support for ERS, please call your aldermen and let them know you don't agree with their decision or the way it was made.
I would like to thank John Marx for questioning this decision and I do hope we can continue working together with Fire to better our communities.