The Germantown Fire Department provides emergency medical services to the people who live in, work in, or travel through Germantown. The EMS Division is led by EMS Captain John Tickner and EMS Lieutenant Mike Stockton. There are 21 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on the department. Many of these people are also firefighters and department officers.
The Germantown Fire Department EMTs are certified by the State of Wisconsin. In order to become certified, each EMT completes 160 hours of schooling and training. In addition to this formal training, each new EMT is accompanied by 2 or 3 veteran EMTs on rescue calls. This provides enough real world experience to advance the EMT's level of skill. Specific EMS drills are conducted once each month, and EMTs are involved in the remaining weekly fire drills.
EMTs go through a re-certification process every 2 years, in accordance with Wisconsin certification requirements. Many EMTs attend conferences and seminars to improve their skills and knowledge. They share the program content with the rest of the EMTs when the return. Several of our EMTs work in the medical field for their regular job.
The Germantown Fire Department has recently established the Emergency Scene Responder (ESR) Program. This program provides very timely emergency medical attention to those in need. An experienced and certified EMT utilizes a Fire Department vehicle, equipped with emergency medical equipment to go directly to the scene of an emergency from their home or other location in the village. The ESR goes to the scene directly, while other EMTs go to the fire station, get the ambulance, then proceed to the scene.
From 6 pm to 6 am, Monday through Friday, and on all weekends and holidays, emergency services are provided by paid on call staff. These members are on call, using a pager to be notified of fire or EMS calls. They are not paid to be on call, but do get paid when they respond to a fire or EMS call.
The Paid on Call staff is split into 2 companies, each managed by a deputy chief. Each company is on call every other week, changing on Tuesday night. POC members are responsible for all calls during their "on week". In the event members cannot meet that requirement, they attempt to get coverage from someone from the other company.
In the year 2002, the Germantown Fire Department responded to 841 calls. Of these, 592 were for EMS and 242 were for fire/rescue. Calls in 2002 showed a 3% decreased from 2001 calls. This is the first time in six years where the number of calls declined. Otherwise, our calls have risen consistently over the last several years, as we are a growing village. In addition to calls from our own citizens, we respond to calls for mutual aid from our surrounding communities.