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The City of Wausau Fire Department has been providing emergency medical services (E.M.S.) to the City of Wausau and surrounding communities since 1972, With Wausau holding the first EMT class in the state. Wausau Fire paramedics are cross-trained as firefighters also. We take tremendous pride in providing high quality emergency medical care to our citizens.

Old Wausau Fire Ambulance

The Wausau Fire Department is a Licensed EMS provider within the state of Wisconsin. All of our ambulances are licensed to the Critical Care Paramedic level which is the highest level for ground transport units in the state. We maintain staffed ambulances with two firefighter/paramedics within each fire company. Each ambulance carries advanced life support drugs, a cardiac monitor defibrillator, LUCAS device for compressions, video laryngoscopes, and other advanced EMS equipment to provide the highest level of care when firefighters arrive at the patient's side.

Inside view of ambulance

EMS is the highest demand on our service and requires all operations personnel working as a team to provide seamless coverage around the clock for our citizens and visitors. We are proud to maintain an average response time of less than 4 minutes throughout our community. All of the cities three fire stations are also equipped with ALS fire engines.  Engine companies are utilized to assist on EMS calls of a serious nature such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, strokes, head injuries, drowning, and serious trauma. Many times the department’s three ambulances are tied up on medical emergencies, the departments three ALS engine companies will first respond to provide immediate medical care. This tactic greatly reduces the time of having trained medical personal respond to your emergency.

We respond to around 5,000 EMS incidents per year with that number only growing larger and larger. We typically transport patients to hospitals within the Wausau Metro area including Aspirus Wausau Hospital (an ACS Accredited Level 2 Trauma Center), and Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital. Selection is based on patient preference or appropriate facility based on the patient's condition.


Year Number of Calls
2009 4,074
2010 4,161
2011 4,224
2012 4,311
2013 4,436
2014 4,491
2015 4,999
2016 5,457
2017 5,353
2018 5,578

Ambulances parked inside Central Station

Wausau Fire Department EMS personnel are well trained. It takes over two years of education to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic in most cases. Personnel receive additional certification training in area such as ACLS-EP (Advanced Cardiac Life Support-Experienced Provider), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support) and even some members achieving the certification of Critical Care Transport Paramedic License.

Our Emergency Medical Services is under the medical direction of Dr. Shanna Paul. Our paramedics are very well versed in 12 lead EKG interpretation and advanced pharmacology as well as advanced airway management. Paramedics are also able to activate Cardiac Catheterization Lab Teams and Stroke Teams from the field during critical patient encounters.

The Wausau Fire Department strives to provide highest quality emergency medical services to the citizens of Wausau and its surround communities.

We strive to provide the Right person, at the Right time, with the Right training, at the Right cost…