Nathan Gebhardt receives a 10 years of service recognition plaque from his father, Chief Tim Gebhardt. Nathan is a firefighter and emergency medical technician who serves residents through the ambulance program of St. Germain Fire and Rescue. —Photos By Wally Geist
Nathan Gebhardt receives a 10 years of service recognition plaque from his father, Chief Tim Gebhardt. Nathan is a firefighter and emergency medical technician who serves residents through the ambulance program of St. Germain Fire and Rescue. —Photos By Wally Geist
It is unusual to see an ambulance parked in front of a local restaurant unless there is an emergency, but that was not the case when  the St. Germain Fire and Rescue ambulance was parked in front of MarLi’s last Saturday. 

Members of St. Germain Fire and Rescue met for their annual appreciation banquet at the restaurant April 27 to recognize volunteers and announce that a new level of medical care is going to be offered in St. Germain.

During the annual dinner, Nathan Gebhardt was awarded a recognition plaque for 10 years of service  and special recognition given to Phil and Judy Kohout. The Kohouts served the department for many years and recently retired to Hartford.

“Firefighter of the Year” was Travis Fowler, a newer member of the organization who is eager to serve the community and provides helpful construction services to the department.

Since St. Germain is developing its rescue and ambulance service, a new award category was created in which Marion Janssen and Wally Geist were honored as Volunteers of the Year.

Chief Tim Gebhardt also explained that state law now allows for “Flex Service” in which advanced life support may be provided when a licensed paramedic is on a call along with an emergency medical responder or emergency medical technician. Gebhardt talked about license and medical control approvals being obtained by the department to initiate the service. 

Flex Service means that patients transported by St. Germain Ambulance will not have to wait for intercept with an ambulance dispatched out of Howard Young Medical Center. The service will bring improved service when either advanced life support is required or when pain management will mean greater patient comfort.

Paramedic Jason Hyrczyk will provide the same level of service currently provided by Med 5. St. Germain Firefighters Association is providing start up funds for equipment and drugs costing about $7,000.

Gebhardt went on to encourage recruitment efforts by department members. He said training is available for those interested in fire service and emergency medical care positions such as emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician and paramedic.