OSSEO, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local community pull through to help a volunteer organization that saves lives.
Osseo Rural Fire and EMS department was under a threat of not having enough members to cover their area just a few months ago. But after turning to social media and the word of mouth, the department now has gotten all the recruits needed to serve the community even better than before.
“We believe we turned the corner through the great response of our community,” said Osseo EMS Chief Kirk Gunderson.
Things are looking up for the Osseo fire and EMS. In May, the group was many volunteers short. Now, the ems department is training their last ten volunteers needed.
“I've seen on Facebook that Osseo needs first responders and I thought, that's what am I going do,” said volunteer first-responder in training Tiffany Webb.
“I heard through the grapevine they were looking for a few people to join the force, going to give back help out the community,” said volunteer first-responder in training Willy Wunder.
Wunder and Webb are among the ten volunteer-first responders who are now going through training until December. That’s when they can officially join the force.
“Osseo is great little community. They do a lot for the residents and their people, and their kids in school. So it's nice to be able to give something back in return,” explained Wunder.
Gunderson says to equip and train additional people is going to take some cash.
“Each member is going to be equipped with everything they need to do their job-portable radio, a pager; all the ems equipment,”said Gunderson.
On Saturday the department was hosting the progressive dinner fundraiser as well as a silent auction in hopes of raising 40 thousand dollars for the EMS.
But even with needed amount of money and the staff right now, Gunderson says the search never stops for those who would like to fill a few of their empty lockers.
“We don't do it for the money. We don't do it for the recognition. We don't do it to be called anything special. We do it because we have a commitment to our community and it is something we want to give back,” added Gunderson.