Dodge County ask for study on EMS sustainability

Dodge County Administration Building

JUNEAU -- The Dodge County Board of Supervisors approved the funding for a third-party firm to conduct an analysis of the area's emergency medical services on Tuesday.

A steering committee made up of stakeholders representing emergency medical service agencies, local hospitals and townships are hoping the study reveals solutions to significant concerns about the sustainability of EMS services in Dodge County. The group asked for county support to help fund the review before opening it up for bid.

Dodge County Emergency Management Director Amy Nehls said they received four responses with Strategic Management and Consulting, LLC being the best choice. She said they have 67 years of combined EMS experience including rural EMS. Nehls said they plan on performing on-site interviews with providers to gather information and promote collaboration between the firm, EMS providers and constituents.

County board members approved a bid for Strategic Management and Consulting, LLC came in at $21,500. The county did receive a grant for just under $5,000 to help pay for part of the study. Nehls said area EMS groups will pool their resources to contribute too. She said each agency plans on donating $250 which will be approximately $4,000 financial commitment toward the analysis.

Nehls said the county will cover the remaining costs from the general fund. The goal would be to have the study completed by the end of this year.

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