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Rib Mountain Ambulance recognized for excellence


RIB MOUNTAIN, Wis. (WSAU) -- An area ambulance service has been recognized again for excellence. Rib Mountain Fire Department’s ambulance crews have been given accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services, or CAAS.

Schlagel says they work hard to meet and exceed many established standards for paramedic ambulance services. “We go through a lot of documentation of course, but we do a lot of outreach. We reach out to the hospitals that we serve, we reach out to the services that we work with to make sure that we’re meeting their expectations, and that we’re meeting the expectations of the public in general.”

When Rib Mountain Fire Department and Weston Fire Department complete their unification as the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District or SAFER early next year, Schlagel says the present Weston ambulance crews will be brought up to the same standards. “A lot of the footprint is already in place for us to maintain that and continue that, but we’re also going to bring additional staff up to speed with the accreditation requirements and this helps them to maintain the high level of service that we offer.”

So far, only two ambulance services in the state of Wisconsin have achieved this level of excellence. Schlagel says they are both in central Wisconsin. “Ourselves and Wisconsin Rapids are the only two services currently in the state that hold accreditation. I do know that Stevens Point is also working on achieving accreditation.”

CAAS is a non-profit organization which was established to encourage and promote quality patient care in America’s medical transport system. Their primary focus is high-quality patient care. The group also evaluates the ambulance service’s total operation and its relationships with other agencies, the general public, and the medical community.