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Security Health Plan invests in Bloomer Community Ambulance

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services requires Emergency Medical Services (EMS) maintain a communication system that allows communication between medical control and EMS personnel. So when the Bloomer Community Ambulance Service purchased a new rescue response truck the first order of business was to equip it with the needed communication tools.

Mark Schwartz“The truck did not have any communication devices,” Bloomer Community Ambulance chief Mark Schwartz said. “Without radios, we could not contact dispatch, hospital personnel or local agencies during emergency situations.”

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., will invest $1,000 in Bloomer Community Ambulance as part of its Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant program. Each month Security Health Plan awards a different charity or organization that is nominated by a Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) employee, a $1,000 grant. Employees are encouraged to nominate organizations making a positive difference in the community.

Schwartz nominated the Bloomer Community Ambulance for the grant. He is also a paramedic at Marshfield Clinic Health System. Because of Security Health Plan’s grant, the ambulance service will be able to provide better service to the community.

“We will use the funds to purchase three hand held radios or one base radio within the truck,” Schwartz said.

The rescue response truck allows staff and EMTs to pull trailers to emergency and natural disaster situations throughout the community.

“This organization plays a vital role in the community by providing 911 ambulance services to around 10,000 people” said Schwartz.
The Bloomer Community Ambulance Service is currently staffed by 27 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and five emergency medical responder drivers (EMRs) 24 hours a day. The ambulance service owns three ambulances with basic life support equipment. They also have off-road rescue equipment (four wheeler and rescue trailer).

“We have an ATV trailer with a patient sled and a rehab trailer that are used for large incidents and special events throughout the community. These vehicles allow us to bring health care and treatment to the citizens of our community in their time of need,” said Schwartz.

Bloomer Community Ambulance is assisted by fire departments and first responders from Tilden, as well as the Bloomer and New Auburn areas.

The organization is funded through tax dollars as well as fundraisers. Schwartz explained a pancake breakfast is held every summer to raise funds for needed equipment.

“The fundraisers help us with things not budgeted for—they help to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers,” he said.

In the past, income from fundraisers has helped the Bloomer Community Ambulance purchase needed medical equipment like cardiac monitors. The organization was able to successfully raise enough money to purchase a rehab trailer and help pay for a new rescue truck.

Schwartz explained the organization always accepts donations. “Medical and communication equipment are expensive; if additional financial demands don’t need to be placed on taxpayers, the community appreciates it,” said Schwartz.

For more information on Bloomer Community Ambulance or to make a donation, please visit https://www.ci.bloomer.wi.us/emergency_services.html or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bloomerambulance.