BDPFC Approved High-Level Training

8/3/11 – If the Beaver Dam Fire Department wants to keep generating-revenue from transporting patients between hospitals as part of their Interfacility Transport program, at least some of the city’s paramedics will have to complete a higher-level of training. The mandate is coming down from the state-level to the relatively small number of municipalities that have such programs. Beaver Dam will have to have one critical care-trained paramedic per shift beginning in 2013, if they want to continue Interfacility Transports. Residents who call 9-1-1 will not be affected. The city’s Police and Fire Commission last night approved 80 hours of training for a half-dozen paramedics at a cost of $1000 each. Chief Alan Mannel says the Interfacility Transport program returned enough money to the city’s general fund last year to cover about half the department’s budget.