(Juneau) A community forum will be held next month allow elected officials and the public to ask questions about the study of local EMS staffing shortages and possible consolidations. The Dodge County Board’s Executive Committee heard an update this week on a study of the region’s emergency medical services. A steering committee made up of stakeholders representing EMS agencies, local hospitals and townships are hoping the study reveals 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 gather information and promote collaboration between the firm, EMS providers and constituents. Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls says a consultant from the firm has been on hand during the week to conduct on-site interviews.
Nehls was asked how the potential merger of area fire departments could impact the study. She says it should not have an impact and was something those departments needed to do to ensure that they have coverage. Nehls says there are plans to hold a community forum on December 4th to allow community members and elected officials to ask questions and hear details about the study. She says the goal is to have the report completed by the end of this year.