Emergency Services

 

Woodbury County Emergency Services responds when dispatched to all fourteen rural Woodbury County communities to provide assistance to ems responders with advanced care, man power and equipment for both medical and fire emergencies.

The Mission

"The mission of Woodbury County Emergency Services is to provide the most efficient services for our county. We will act and perform in a safe, courteous and professional manner. As emergency responders we have chosen to protect lives and property, our members take pride in representing Woodbury County Emergency Services. We will strive to maintain a strong bond with the emergency responder community and citizens by involving them in education, prevention and protection." 

Personnel

200-Gary Brown, Director (EMT)

201-Paul “Wally” Handke, ¾ Part-time, Operations Officer (EMT)

202-Robert Nelson, Full-time, Operations Officer (EMT)

203-Michael Weber, Full-time, Operations Officer (EMT/FF I)

215P-Gerald Kelley, Full-time, Operations Officer (Paramedic)

216A-Matthew Plummer, Full-time, Operations Officer (AEMT)

217-Dawn Zahnley, Full-time, Administrative Assistant (EMT)

219P-Myles McCrea, Full-time, Operations Officer (Paramedic)

220P-Ronald Freemont, Full-time Operations Officer (Paramedic)

221P-Robert Welte, ¼ Part-time Operations Officer (Paramedic/FF I, II & III)

225-Nicholas Poese, Volunteer, Operations Officer (EMT/FF I & II)

 

EMS Operations

Respond to Medical Emergencies with EMS Agencies

  • Provide Advanced Life Support (ALS)

  • Provide Basic Life Support (BLS)

 

Fire Operations

  • Grass Fires

    • Provide additional pumper trucks & man power

    • Additional Water Supply

  • Provide a Resupply of Breathing Air for all Area Departments (Unit 208)

    • During All Structure Fires

    • For Incidents that involve Hazardous Materials

    • During Hands on Trainings for both Fire and Hazardous Materials

    • Provide Flood Lights on Scene

    • Run the Portable Generator

  • Assist with Seasonal Emergencies

    • Flooding, Blizzards, Ice Storms, Tornados & Extreme Heat

    • Assist with EMS & Fire Responses with Search & Rescue

    • Clearing roadways of debris or snow

    • Welfare Checks of Stranded Motorist & Shut Ins

    • Providing back up power during emergency’s

    • Sandbagging Operations

    • Evacuations

    • Assist with Incident Command Operations, for multiple roles as needed

  • Incidents Involving Crashes & Accidents

    • Private Vehicles-Trucks, Cars, ATVs  

    • Aircraft

    • Farm Equipment

    • Tractor Trailer

  • Assist with Water Rescue Incidents

    • Swift Water Rescue

    • Ice Water Rescue

    • Assist with EMS & Fire Responses and other agencies with Search & Rescue

    • Recovery

  • Animal Rescue

    • Provide Equipment & Trailers for both Large & Small Animal Rescue

    • For Events During Inclement Weather

    • Following Traffic Incidents  

    • Hoarding Cases

  • Hazardous Materials

    • Assist with Mass Decontamination Operations

    • Special Circumstances of Human Remains Recovery and/or Removal

  • Other Equipment Emergencies

    • Assist with Equipment Emergencies on Farms, Residential or Commercial

    • Where Rescue Tools are Needed examples; Jaws of Life, chainsaws, bolt cutters

       

  • Assisting Grain Storage Rescues

  • Additional Emergency’s

    • Air Testing for CO and other chemicals

    • Assist Agencies with Emergencies using the Thermal Imaging Equipment

    • Respond to both Residential & Commercial Fire Alarms

    • Assist Law Enforcement when Requested

    • Traffic Control

    • Instruct with Fire Training CPR, Extrication and Communications

    • Assist with Diving Operations & Landing Zones

 

Emergency Response Fleet

205-2013 Chevrolet Suburban, Command Vehicle & Rescue Truck

204-2015 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, Rescue Truck

206-2016 Dodge Ram Crew Cab, Rescue Truck

207-1995 Chevrolet Suburban, Back-Up Rescue Truck & Snow Blade

208-2006 Hackney Freightliner, Air & Light Unit

210-1991 Grass Rig

211-1993 Cutaway Van E350-Ambulance

212-1988 Grass Rig

 

Emergency Response Trailers & Equipment

Haulmark Mass Casualty Trailer

Diesel Whisper Watt 60KW Generator

Lund 14’ Boat

Mass Decontamination Trailer

Rhino Yamaha 4x4 four-wheeler

Small Animal Rescue Trailer

(2) Large Animal Rescue Trailers

Grain Bin Rescue Equipment