Door County fire chiefs oppose EMS privatization

The fire chiefs of the ten departments in Door County are unanimously opposed to the proposed privatization of the Door County Emergency Medical Service.  In a news release sent to,  the Door County Fire Chiefs Association wrote  they “strongly believe that public safety (Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS) are best provided by public entities who are focused on customer service and ultimately answer to the public they serve.”  The news release also stated, “ we do understand that the county has the right to consider the termination of the County provided EMS services....(that) would allow for the possibility of a private ambulance service to enter into EMS coverage contracts for Door County.”  Those feelings are shared by some at the local government level.  Ephraim Village Board President Mike McCutchen is concerned about a possible for-profit entity running EMS.
Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says the county is ready to work with community leaders and firefighters on EMS operations.


Potential contractors have until July to submit proposals to Door County.

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