Seymour Rescue Squad is trying to raise funds to purchase tactical gear, which is tactical protective vests and helmets.
Rescue Squad Director Mary Greuel, who is an AEMT (Advanced Emergency Medical Technician) said, “We may have a situation where there is an intruder and we need to go into the ‘Warm Zone’ where there is not an immediate threat but there could be a possible threat; there could be bombs or there could still be someone in that area. (A “Hot Zone” is for law enforcement only; that would be an active shooting or hostile situation.)”
The reason they need protective gear even though there is not an immediate threat is that there still could be potential for a threat in an area. With the new incident command, what they are trying to do if there is any kind of intruder situation is to get medical professionals (EMS) in there as soon as possible.
“The sooner we can get in there the sooner we can save lives. We don’t want to put ourselves at risk where it’s not totally a contained situation,” Greuel said.
She added, “We live in this community we are volunteers, we want to be able to help the people wherever an incident might occur. Obviously because of school situations we train a lot through the school system with the Fire Department, the Rural Fire Department, EMS and local Law Enforcement. We train a lot with the school, we also have the nursing home, churches, big events like Burger Fest, the County Fair and the races, events that draw a lot of people to the community, so we want to get into a scene to help those people that need help as soon as possible. The first thing we learn when we take the rescue course is scene safety. If the scene is not safe we can’t enter it and if we get hurt we can’t help those people that need us.”
Most services their size have either obtained tactical gear already or are working on fund-raisers or grants to get the tactical gear. “We want to get in and save lives as soon as we can, but if we can’t protect ourselves how can we save others?”
Greuel said that in a “Warm Zone” they never go in alone, there is always law enforcement ahead of them and behind them. She said they are not allowed to touch anything, for instance in a school situation there may be a bomb planted in a backpack. Even though there may be hidden dangers they want to get in there to save lives because a gunshot wound or a stabbing can cause a person to bleed out very quickly. Greuel said if they can get in sooner they could stop the bleeding with tourniquets and potentially save more lives.
She said “In addition, we get many calls a month and a large percentage of them deal with drugs, alcohol, and mental health. We are finding that people are becoming more aggressive in their behaviors, even cases without drugs and alcohol involved. We want to help people and go into a situation with tactical equipment on so we can feel safe in our environment. We are all volunteers in this community because we care about this community and think its a great place to live.”
The tactical equipment includes bullet proof vests and helmets. Greuel said what’s nice about the tactical vest is that one size fits all; they adjust to different sizes. She said the helmet’s fit 90 percent of people.
“Many people travel to Seymour events and outside influences can cause potentially dangerous situations,” she said.
“The world is changing, we have to adapt with it. There are negative and positive changes and our goal is to help everyone who needs it as quickly as possible while keeping ourselves safe and making our community a great place to live and raise our kids.”
Greuel said they are currently training in Mass Casualties disasters with the fire departments and law enforcement.
There are 16 members in the Seymour Rescue Squad with room to expand. If interested in getting involved contact the Seymour Rescue Squad or go to their Facebook page.
As of press time Greuel received a message from someone telling her that he/she and another individual would like to donate the remainder of the money toward their fund raising goal. The two individuals wish to remain anonymous.
“They are just looking to give back to the community and they hope the Seymour Rescue Squad never has to use tactical gear.”
Their goal now is to stock their emergency trailer with lifesaving equipment such as chest seals, tourniquets and other “Stop the Bleed” supplies. If anyone wishes to donate, they still can. Checks can be made out to Seymour Rescue and dropped off or mailed to Seymour City Hall, 328 N. Main St, Seymour, WI 54165. You will get a receipt to use for tax purposes.