Sauk Prairie Ambulance Kirch speaks to Optimists
Kelly Kirch, the speaker at the October 17 Optimist meeting, started as a volunteer at the ambulance service in 2013. Four years later she earned her AMT (Advanced Medical Technician certification, and joined the service full-time. She shared that the service serves ten municipalities, covers 196 square miles, and that their Director is Kevin Weber. Call volume increases every year. 2018 call volume is already at the total of all of 2017. They have a five minute response time locally while the Blackhawk area has a response time of 20 minutes. She is very thankful for the great response assistance from the fire and police departments as well as from Sauk, Dane and Columbia counties when needed. Many ambulance calls are for falling accidents. The service provides information to the community about safety precautions to take to prevent falls. Another major program they focus on is car safety. Kirch took a 40 hour class to be certified in checking car seats and also writes training grants.
The Optimist Club of Sauk Prairie meets on Wednesdays at 7 a.m. (noon the first Wednesday of the month) in the River Room of the Blue Spoon. New members and visitors are always welcome!