Tri-State Ambulance and La Crosse Fire Department come to agreement on paramedics

A new agreement is being called a win for La Crosse residents.

Tri-State Ambulance and the city of La Crosse have come to an agreement that fire department paramedics may apply for open paramedic positions with Tri-State ambulance.

Previously, while paramedics could apply for positions, this creates a plan that makes it easier for firefighters to work as paramedics.

The agreement will help fill a need for Tri-State and training for firefighters.

“I finally get to use the skills that I went to school to obtain the knowledge in a full spectrum on a first response platform,” said Brandon Scharmer, La Crosse Firefighter and Paramedic.

The agreement takes effect this summer.