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Rotary Member of the Week
Randy Gershman
A Rotarian since 1990, Randy Gershman is a Paul Harris Fellow and a former President of Marshfield Rotary. Originally from Grand Forks, ND, Randy came to Marshfield in 1989. He and his wife Joyce have three children. Randy has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments for many years and is on the Board of Directors for UW Center Marshfield/Wood County and noted “education is the great equalizer.” Randy travels back and forth to North Dakota frequently to watch the Fighting Sioux play hockey. His favorite part of Rotary is making the acquaintance of many fine people.
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Marshfield Fire and Rescue Emergency Medical Services
Marshfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Owen has been in charge of EMS, Emergency Medical Services, since October of 2013. The majority of his day is involved with making sure the ambulances are staffed properly, that staff are trained, and that the department is reimbursed for services rendered. On a percentage basis, 90 to 93% of the Fire Department’s call volume is ambulance related. He believes education has been important in keeping the number of fire calls low. The City acquired ambulance services back in the 1960s. Prior to that it was handled by funeral homes. He joked, “It was a win-win for them.” Marshfield has “Paramedic Level of Service,” which is the highest level of EMS service. Scott said in their mobile units they can basically do everything an emergency department do except take X-rays, and that is expected to change in the future. Marshfield has 36 firefighters. Of that, 14 are EMT Basics and the remaining 22 are Paramedics. Marshfield ambulances cover approximately 315 square miles in portions of three counties. Last year they ran 2476 EMS calls compared to 199 fire calls. EMS works closely with all of the area first responders.

Ambulance service is an “enterprise service,” which means it is basically supported by user fees. It is run at no cost to the taxpayer, but it is backed by the City and townships served. This is a very busy time for EMS. They are switching to a new patient care reporting system. They are being trained on a new $15,000 automated chess compression system called the Lucas II device. They are transitioning to working as a rescue task force or “war zone medics.” As such, they can enter an ongoing shooting scene, for example, with the police rather than waiting for the police to fully stabilize the scene. They are also working with St. Joseph’s Hospital on a community paramedic program that will provide home follow-up care.

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