(Juneau) The Dodge County Board reviewed the final report of a study of the region’s emergency medical services this week. The analysis was spearheaded by a steering committee made up of stakeholders representing emergency medical service agencies, local hospitals and townships hoping to reveal solutions to significant concerns about the sustainability of EMS services in Dodge County.
In August, the county board hired Strategic Management and Consulting, LLC to conduct on-site interviews with providers as well as gather information and promote collaboration between the firm, EMS providers and constituents. The final report included several recommendations some for immediate action, others considered as short-term solutions and others for long-term planning. Strategic Management Vice President Dana Sechler says their study looked at options for potentially merging two or more EMS agencies into one entity.
Other recommendations include the implementation of a paramedic response vehicle which would be placed in a strategic location within Dodge County and allow for quick response times. The report recommends establishing a detailed succession plan which Sechler says was not well defined in any of the agencies they talked with. They also suggest considering the creation of a County EMS District. Sechler says it will be up to local ambulance services and municipalities to determine if they will implement any of the recommendations given in the report.
Strategic Management will meet with Dodge County EMS agencies next week to go through the report in more detail.