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FALL 2015

has served 25 years) that creates and engages with a

long term planning process. Planning ahead means

success.

The district has 34 full-time paramedics, 11 EMTs,

and additional support staff and part-time personnel to

fill out the roster. The field staff not only provide the

patient care, but they also participate in the district’s

administrative decisions. Committees of district staff

make the decisions on purchasing stretchers, vehicles,

monitors, and even issues such as health insurance.

The district board has developed a level of respect for

the field staff that is evidenced by their acceptance of

staff recommendations on such major purchases and

policy.

Long time Administrator Ralph Hellebusch

commented, “the Board has empowered the staff to

help direct the policy decisions of the district and has

been repaid with quality input that has made the district

a better place for the staff, but more importantly a better

place for the citizens we serve.”

The MEMSA nomination award packet recorded

a long list of community activities. It mentioned,

“Community outreach and involvement have always

been a priority with the Warren County Ambulance

District. In addition to the involvement with the local

Chambers of Commerce, the support of the Ambulance

District also reaches organizations such as the Warren

County Community Organizations Active in a Disaster

(COAD),

Warren County

Alcohol/

Drug Reduction Support (WARS), Warren County

BackStoppers, and it “adopts” young adults with the

StepUp Youth Program during the Christmas season

with funds raised through the district employees.”

The nomination elaborated even more and stated,

“The district annually participates in the Warren

County Health Fair & Safety Festival, Senior Center

Resource Fair and Blood Pressure Checks, Jonesburg

Fair Parade, Warren County Fair Parade & First

Aid Tent, Strassenbash Parade and First Aid Tent,

five Trunk or Treat Events, two Christmas/Holiday

Parades, and safety awareness and training visits to

local schools, daycares and businesses. In 2014, the

district mascot was introduced to the community, with

the addition of Maxx the Medic Dog, to help promote

familiarity and comfort for the small children of the

community and just the general happiness the mascot

brings out in people of all ages.”

For the past three years Warren County AD has

offered an Explorer Post for teenage youth wanting

to consider a career in EMS. Explorer Posts are a

function of the Boy Scout program, but are co-ed for

youth above age 14. They get to experience EMS first

hand, get some training, and determine if the challenge

is good career option for them. Three of the Explorers