Buchanan County Implementing Emergency Medical Response Team – Mix 94.7 KMCH

Buchanan County will lead some of its deputies as EMS providers.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a new program known as the Emergency Medical Response Team. They will use three versatile sheriff’s assistants to provide emergency medical assistance if needed at the scene of the incident before EMS arrives.

The program will not replace first responders or ambulance services – but because deputies are the first to arrive on scene on several occasions, they will be trained and equipped to meet the more advanced medical needs of the victim until the end of the day. arrival of firefighters and EMS.

The Emergency Medical Response Team was put together by Deputy Dan Walter, an experienced paramedic and firefighter, under the supervision of Sheriff Scott Buzynski and several others. Assistant Cory Hartmann and Assistant Mitch Franck, both experienced emergency medical technicians, will also be on the team.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a $ 5,000 grant from the Buchanan County Health Trust in February to purchase equipment for this program. Supplies and equipment were purchased in June – and in October, the sheriff’s office was licensed as an EMT-level service by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Office of Emergency Services and trauma.

Sheriff Buzynski says this new program will provide these additional response services at no cost to the county.

photo courtesy of Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office