Cascade Emergency Medical Services
The Cascade Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Volunteer Ambulance Service is a local non-profit provisional paramedic ambulance service that provides 24/7 emergency and non-emergency ambulance service to the Cascade community with financial support from the City of Cascade and surrounding townships.
The volunteer ambulance staff consists of 2 paramedics and 15 Class B EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technician). All are trained in CPR and pre-hospital trauma life support. Several members are PALS (Pediatric Advanced Live Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified.
The Ambulance Service runs with two fully equipped and fully supplied ambulances - one primary and the other as backup. Both ambulances are equipped with a 12-lead EKG (Electrocardiogram) for advance cardiac care.
The Volunteer Ambulance Service is dispatched by Dubuque and Jones County Dispatchers via 911 and covers an 136 square mile area in and around Cascade in Dubuque, Jones, and Jackson counties. In 2011 the Ambulance Service responded to 192 calls.
The Ambulance Service purchases a majority of its advanced life saving equipment with money earned from fundraising and community donations. In recent years fund raising monies have enabled the Service to purchase an electrocardiogram unit for advanced cardiac care, a Med-bed Gator for extreme terrain responses and transports, and an auto-pause.
The Ambulance Service is very active in community outreach. Its members volunteer their time and life saving expertise to train and certify local groups and individuals in First Aid, CPR, and Basic Life Saving. Members also volunteer their time for standby emergency medical services at the Cascade High School football games, the Cascade High School Cross County Invitational, and numerous other community events and functions.
If you are a Cascade Area resident and interested in serving your community as a member of the Cascade EMS Volunteer Ambulance Service, contact Joe or Peg Reiff at 563-852-3130 or Mike Donovan at 563-852-3205.