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Bloomer has a new way to keep firefighters healthy


Bloomer (WQOW)- Battling flames is a tough business, and now Bloomer firefighters have a way to do their jobs a little safer.

The city of Bloomer now has its first rehab and medical trailer for firefighters. Bloomer Community Ambulance Administrator Mark Schwartz said the trailer is both heated and air conditioned to provide firefighters a safe place during emergencies, like a structure fire, or a natural disaster like the Chetek tornado last spring.

It also gives personnel a place for any medical attention they might need while working, or for things like checking vital signs. It could also be used at community events as a command station for all local emergency personnel participating in the event.

"When our firefighters or emergency personnel, or even law enforcement are on some type of scene, there's a place for them to be where it's out of the elements," Schwartz said. "They can recover if they need it. It also frees up our ambulances. Our ambulances used to be used for rehab at scenes, so you'd pack five or six firefighters in the back of an ambulance and then the back of the ambulance was no longer able to be used because we had five people back there. So. this also frees up another resource."

The trailer cost about $15,000, all of which was paid for by community donations and fundraising. Ambulance staff said the trailer is up and ready to go whenever it's needed.

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