By Tim Kowols
Riding in an ambulance to become a volunteer emergency medical responder was just part of the natural progression for Curt Vandertie. The chief for the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department, Vandertie found himself working side by side with members of the Brussels-Union Emergency Medical Responders on several calls. EMRs go through extensive medical training for times when they are first on the scene. Going through their equipment and their training is why he was passionate about B.U.G. Fire and Door County Emergency Services share a facility.
Coordinating schedules for coverage can be a challenge since Vandertie says many of its members cross over from the fire department to volunteer as EMRs and vice versa. This is a part of a continuing series on career and volunteer opportunities available in the area.
Picture courtesy of Brussels-Union EMR Facebook page