CHIPPEWA FALLS Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Tony Evers made a stop in Chippewa Falls to support Wisconsin’s EMS system. Evers visited the Chippewa Falls fire station to talk about plans he announced during his 2022 State of the State address.

These plans include grants totaling more than 31-million dollars for what he calls under resourced EMS services across Wisconsin. Evers says the COVID pandemic has helped reveal major flaws in Wisconsin’s health care services. 

“Help from the state was cut by more than 9%, while public safety costs have increased more than 16%. Between these rising costs and the lack of available staffing support, some have even gone without ambulance services left with no other option but to hope or rely on neighboring providers.”

Evers says this money will go towards helping revamp existing EMS services such as ambulances, as well as hire new workers, as staffing is stretched thin across the state.