Blair-Preston Fire Department to double as first responder program

BLAIR, Wis. (WKBT)- Blair has never had their own first responder team.

They used to have a few ambulances stationed in the town, but a few years ago they lost that program.

Now, the Blair-Preston Fire Department is filling the need that the town has been missing.

Nine members of the Blair-Preston Fire Department will undergo first responder training given by Western Technical College so that the town will have a certified first responder program.

“A first responder is really just what it says, you’re gonna get on scene, do some assessment. You’re gonna relay that information to the EMTs who are on their way so they’re a little better informed of what’s going on, said” Said Blair-Preston Fire Chief, Travis Armitage.

One firefighter going through the extra training says that he’s doing it because he wants what’s best for the community and when the majority of their calls are for EMS calls it only makes sense for them to be a little more prepared.

“We get called to a lot of EMS calls, the majority of our calls are EMS calls. Now with the EMTs being taken out and coming from Whitehall, if we are to be the first responders we’ll have more knowledge, more training to be able to help before the ambulance arrives,” said Assistant Fire Chief, Luke Solberg.

Once the first responder group is established and the licensing is complete, members of the public will be able to join in as well.

The Blair-Preston Fire Department says the training will cost about $600 per person.

That money will come from what the fire department fundraises.