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Photos from: Advanced medical technician Kirch visits Optimists

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Kelly Kirch, the invited speaker at the October 17 Optimist meeting, started as a volunteer at the ambulance service in 2013 and in 2017, after earning her AMT (Advanced Medical Technician certification, joined the service full-time. She shared that the service serves ten municipalities, covers 196 square miles, and that their director is Kevin Weber. Call volume increases every year. Right now call volume is at the total of all of 2017. They have a five minute response time in town while the BlackHawk area has a response time of 20 minutes. She is very thankful for the great response assistance from the fire and police departments as well as from Sauk, Dane and Columbia counties when needed. One of the major reasons they are called is for falling accidents. The service provides information to the community about safety precautions to take to prevent falls. A major program they focus on is car safety. Kirch took a 40 hour class to be certified in checking car seats and she writes grants for training. Vicki Gullickson, SP Optimist President, and Kelly Kirch, right, an Advanced Medical Technician with the Sauk Prairie Ambulance Service pose after Kirch's presentation at the Sauk Prairie Optimist Club meeting on October 20.

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