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Security Health Plan invests in McMillan Fire Department

“Without new pediatric medical equipment, EMS staff would be using gear that is 15 years old,” said McMillan Fire Department Captain Lorrie Bauer.

That’s why Bauer suggested the McMillan Fire Department for the Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant. She is also an employee at Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS).

Each month, Security Health Plan gives an organization a $1,000 grant. Employees at MCHS nominate those making a positive difference in the community.

Funds will purchase new medical equipment for children. Without this grant, staff would be using outdated tools and machines.

“It’s important to have this so we can better treat our young patients,” explained Bauer.
“We are a township-funded fire department, so we don’t have a big budget to purchase things we need,” said Bauer.

Bauer is the EMS and fire captain for the Department. She oversees 23 volunteers. They respond to medical emergencies, fires and car accidents. She plans training and orders supplies. She makes sure employees’ licenses are not expired.

McMillan is home to about 2,000 residents. Bauer said that grants go a long way to help. “We always have a need.” 

The Department has two fundraisers. During election years they have a voting day brat fry. An annual fall festival also takes place each September. The festival has a band, fireworks, silent auction and food stand. Volunteers are always needed.

Funds will also be used to teach kids about fire safety. A fire safety event is held at the June Dairyfest in Marshfield. Every October, there is a ‘Get Fired Up for Safety’ event.

The Department is staffed only by volunteers. Bauer said they need more volunteers to join the Department.

If you are interested in donating to the department, volunteering for their fundraisers or joining the department, please contact the McMillan Fire Department at (715) 389-2067 or visit http://www.townofmcmillan.com/firedept.html for more information.