The idea of the rescue squad was conceived when a group of
men went on a purchasing mission to the Peter Pirsch Fire
Equipment Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During this “mission” a
Kenosha firefighter introduced these men to the Kenosha County
Council Boy Scouts Rescue Squad.
looking for new ideas and equipment inquired further and
immediately decided to organize a Rescue Squad along similar
A crew of fifteen volunteers assembled and these
men were taught Red Cross first aid by the Kenosha Boy Scouts
and in 1938 the Cedarburg Rescue Squad was formed.
department purchased a Pirsch truck which served as a rescue
squad that responded throughout Ozaukee County. Through
donations, the rescue squad purchased essential equipment
including air masks, burn kits, splints, medicine kits,
resuscitator, stretchers and lights.
In 1969, a new
light duty rescue squad was purchased and put into service also
purchased this year was a new heart and lung machine.
1974, funds were requested to purchase equipment to be carried
on the light duty squad for doctors’ use only. This would be on
the recommendation of local doctors and the cost would be around
In 1976, rescue squad members are taking
cardiac courses from area doctors. It is also noted that this
year, department members are trained is scuba diving and the
dive team in formed. The department purchases the Jaws of Life
and all the tools that go with it.
In 1980, the
department has 23 state registered EMT’s and in order to keep
their registration up, they must have 16 hours of refresher
In 1982 the rescue squad purchases a new heart
monitors at the cost of $6,700.00. They also purchase mast
trouser used for patient stabilization.
In 1984 the
Cedarburg Fire Department purchases a new Horton Rescue Squad at
a cost of $62,625.00. We also update the heart monitor with the
purchase of Lifepack 5 at a cost of $8,500.00.
Cedarburg Rescue becomes a licensed EMT-Intermediate service
In 1997, the rescue company purchases a new light duty
rescue squad on a medium duty chassis at the price of
$123,000.00. The rescue company now has two units for treating
and transporting patients.
In 2000, Rescue Company
purchases a replacement light duty Rescue Company on a medium
duty chassis for the price of $135,000.00
Strawberry and Wine/Harvest festivals in downtown Cedarburg grew
rescue company realized the need for smaller, more versatile
units to maneuver the hundred of thousands of visitors. In 2008
we purchased two Cannondale bicycles and an electric golf cart
to treat and transport the sick and injured through the crowds
to an awaiting ambulance.
In the spring of 2010
Cedarburg Rescue Company became International Police Mountain
Bike Association (IPMBA) certified. This was a 32 hour hands on
class that taught students basic and emergency bike handling
skills, riding single and in pairs under various traffic
conditions, ways to effectively and safely pack equipment,
techniques designed to safely handle EMS scenes and personal
In 2010, the rescue company purchased
2 new Zoll heart monitors for the price of $23, 950.00 each.
2011 purchases include – 2 new Medtec light duty ambulances
on Kenworth chassis for the price of $406,000.00. New Genesis
rescue tools at the cost of $35,000.00
Department/Rescue Squad coverage area includes the City and Town
of Cedarburg which is approximately 33 square miles. We provide
Emergency Medical Services to approximately 17,000 residences,
light industrial, miles of biking/hiking and snowmobile trails.
Cedarburg EMS is extremely active – logging over 2215.5
hours of training, continuing education, stand-by’s and CPR
instruction to the community.
Currently with a roster of
58 members including EMT-IV Technicians, EMT-Basics and drivers,
all of whom are active in Firefighter rehabilitation at fire
scenes and trainings, and animal first aid and resuscitation.
Cedarburg Rescue Squad is always on the cutting edge, today,
as it was in it inception back in 1938. Always striving for the
best patient care through learning and technology
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