Black River Falls Fire Department Emergency Medical Service Division is a combination, fire based BLS ambulance service owned and operated by the City of Black River Falls, WI.
They employ five full-time staff members and rely on 30 additional part time EMT’s, EMR’s and Drivers to staff their four ambulances.
Their service area covers 1,000 square miles serving over 20,000 residents living in the city of Black River Falls, the villages of Melrose, Taylor, Hixton, Alma Center, Merrillan, as well as 15 townships in Jackson County and two townships in Clark County. They cover 30 miles of I-94, 100 miles of snowmobile trails, and over 200 miles of ATV trails. On average, They respond to 1,800 calls per year which includes both 911 calls and interfacility transfers.
Their EMS Division is proud to say they have been in service since 1972 and are 100% self-sufficient. They operate on use fees only and receive NO TAX DOLLARS! This is an amazing feat in today’s world where Medicare reimbursements are typically well below what it costs to provide the service.