News April 16, 2009

Beaver Dam Firefighters Graduate From Paramedic School

4/16/09 – The city of Beaver Dam has cleared the biggest hurdles in their efforts to upgrade their EMS service to paramedic level. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says the state EMS Department signed-off on the upgrade yesterday. And last week, four Beaver Dam firefighters graduated from Paramedic School at the UW Hospital Emergency Education Center. There are still some equipment orders to finalize but Mannel says by all accounts the department is ready to meet its June 1 start date for paramedic service. Mannel says they have money in their budget to send two more firefighters to paramedic school this year. The department’s goal is to eventually have nine, full-time firefighters on staff. The new Beaver Dam Paramedics pictures from left to right are: Paul Hartl; Charlie Bau; Don Smith; and Russell Johnson.

Chief Critical of Anti-Drug Meeting Turnout

4/16/09 – Columbus officials heard from Police Chief Dennis Weiner this week on some dangerous trends in school age children. Weiner reported to the City Council that the ages of children involved with drugs are going down and the instances of use and dealing are going up. Weiner said he was scared and disappointed that there has been an absence of public response to recent reports on children using drugs and alcohol. When a recent invitation was sent to Columbus and Fall River School parents to attend a program with recent statistics and information on drug and alcohol related problems there was zero response from the public. Weiner said he was disappointed that none of the parents responded to the invitation to the “Columbus Connects” Town Hall meeting. In his report the Columbus Chief called for more community involvement in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse.

Firefighter Treated Following Grass Fire

4/16/09 – A Columbus firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion after battling an out-of-control burn. Incident Commander Jerrod Fox with the Columbus Fire Department says the firefighter was transported to Columbus Community Hospital by Heartline Medix and is said to be “doing well.” The fire started this morning around 9:45am and crews were on the scene for about five-and-a-half hours. Eight departments and 48 firefighters responded to the blaze between Bethel Road and County Road S. Fox says the fire started as a controlled burn along a property line, and wound up scorching both properties. A DNR flyover determined that 15 to 20 acres were burned. Fox urges the public to refrain from burning of any kind.

Thank A Dispatcher

4/16/09 – They work 24-7-365 and have one of the most stressful jobs in the county. This week is “National Public Safety 911 Telecommunicators Week” and Dodge County Director of Communications Pat Ninmann says her dispatch staff deserve credit for the hard work they do everyday. While Ninmann doesn’t want anyone calling 9-1-1 to say “thank you,” she says it wouldn’t hurt to drop a note in the mail thanking dispatchers for all they do.