Evers outlines $8M in additional funding for Wisconsin first responders

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PESHTIGO, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake on Tuesday laid out details of an $8 million investment to help emergency medical service providers across the state.

The money, which came from the state’s American Rescue Plan Act dollars, went to communities that receive grants from the Funding Assistance Program. In addition to their regular funding, recipients received an extra $24,390 each, which can be spent on medical equipment, vehicle upgrades and more.

“Being able to access medical care quickly can provide life-saving minutes for families during their greatest time of need,” Timberlake said in a news release. “This investment gives a boost to our state’s EMS providers who are facing many challenges and risking their lives every day to protect the health and safety of their communities.”

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Evers previously announced the push during his State of the State address in February. In that speech, he called for spending nearly $30 million to support EMS providers and services across the state, including $20 million focused on rural areas.

Hundreds of fire departments and ambulance services across the state received the grants; for a full list, click here.