When Bell Ambulance’s paramedics report to work, they are prepared to respond at a moment’s notice wherever a need may arise. On any given day, their duties range from transporting a patient to a routine medical appointment to responding to a serious medical emergency.
Milwaukee-based Bell, which has a fleet of 40 ambulances at eight stations across the city, provides 24/7 emergent and non-emergent responses to emergency rooms.
“Wherever the (computer) screen tells us to go, we go,” said EMT Justin Malueg.
Outside of day-to-day calls, Bell’s paramedics provide standby services at large community events, including Milwaukee Brewers games, Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair, ready to respond in the case of an emergency.
“Every day, getting to see the direct impact you have on someone’s life, it’s really rewarding,” said EMT Alex Ebben.
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- EMT Alex Ebben talks on the radio while driving an ambulance. EMTs are often staged in certain areas of the city during their shifts.
- EMT Justin Malueg uses a radio to communicate with dispatch while riding in the back of a Bell ambulance.
- Ebben and Malueg, both EMTs with Bell Ambulance, take a cot out of an ambulance.
- EMTs communicate with dispatch over portable radios.
- Malueg sorts through a backpack full of equipment, which includes a portable oxygen tank.
- Mauleg connects a nasal cannula to a portable oxygen tank, which is administered to patients who need respiratory help.
Photo Credit: Lila Aryan Photography