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April 23, 2021
I would like to clarify a few items from the April 21, 2021 article concerning the Boyceville Community Ambulance District. During those times the Boyceville Community Ambulance District is unable to fully staff an ambulance according to their state license, Menomonie Fire Department may respond with, or in place of Boyceville to treat and transport patients.
These are not mutual aid responses. Mutual aid is designed to augment a department’s response, not replace it. As such, a separate agreement has been drafted at the direction of the State EMS Board to cover the current situation. That agreement was presented to Chief Dow on April 21, 2021 for his review and presentation to the Boyceville Community Ambulance District Board. Chief Dow advised me the Boyceville Community Ambulance Board understands the need for the agreement and why the state is requiring an agreement beyond mutual aid. Chief Dow also stated Glenwood City, Dallas, and Colfax Ambulance services will be forwarding a similar agreement.
As part of the agreement, Menomonie Fire Department will bill the Boyceville Community Ambulance District $500 for each response made into their jurisdiction. That fee covers the cost of off-duty replacement personnel required to staff another ambulance in Menomonie’s jurisdiction. Menomonie Fire Department will also be responsible for billing the patient per our billing procedures.
Please understand that due to call volume and off-duty personnel availability, Menomonie Fire Department may not be able to provide service for those in the Boyceville Community Ambulance District’s jurisdiction.
Denny Klass, Fire Chief
Menomonie Fire Department