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Wisconsin Office of Rural Health holds rural EMS listening sessionsSubmitted: 10/09/2018
Rose McBride
Rose McBride
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rmcbride@wjfw.com

Wisconsin Office of Rural Health holds rural EMS listening sessions
MINOCQUA - Rural EMS providers face unique challenges that those in big cities don't even think about. 

Volunteer departments often have fewer than 10 people able to respond to calls. With volunteerism dropping recently, the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health wanted to find out what problems these rural departments face.



Tuesday night the office made the third stop on its six stop listening session tour around the state. 

EMS providers met at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff to describe their work and come up with some solutions to issues. 

"It's so easy for South Central and the Southeast part of the state to come to meetings to get their voice heard, to be a part of the conversation," said Director of the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health John Eich. "It's much harder for someone in the North or other rural areas to get into those place to tell their story or ask for what they need."

After the listening sessions, the Office of Rural Health will show EMS advocates the results and go from there. 


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