Town of Shelby Fire Department needs EMS volunteers

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TOWN OF SHELBY, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area fire department is looking for daytime EMS volunteers.

The Town of Shelby’s fire chief said a vast majority of its calls are medical calls.

About half of all calls come in between 5:00 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The fire chief said some volunteers who normally worked during the day have other jobs that interfere, have changed shifts, retired or were students and left

The Town of Shelby is near La Crosse.

The fire department covers the town of Shelby, parts of the Town of Medary and most of the Town of Greenfield.

The chief said it’s important to have volunteers during the day, because it can take 15 minutes for them to get to some outlying areas.

It can also take up to 20 minutes before Tri-State Ambulance can get to those outlying areas.

“The quicker we get in service the better off we are, and if Tri-State had anything that was holding them back from getting them out right away, that could be a concern also,” said Chief Mike Kemp.

Volunteers must be at least 18, and go through a first responder training class, which takes about 75 hours.

Stop by the Shelby Town Hall at 2800 Ward Avenue if you’d like to apply.

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