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Fire and Police celebrate National EMS Week

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2022
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Updated on November 2, 2022
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Bloomington Police and Fire work in partnership with Allina Health Emergency Medical Services to provide emergency medical services to people across Bloomington. The week of May 15 – 21 is National EMS Week.

A surge in medical incidents, particularly in the past two years, resulted in more than 14,000 EMS calls in 2021.

Jeffrey Lanenberg, south metro division manager for Allina Health EMS and City liaison, was also a paid-on-call firefighter with the Bloomington Fire Department and retired as a district chief. With close to 35 years of service in fire and EMS, Lanenberg said it’s cliché to say they want to help people, but it’s the truth.

“The intent is always to give exceptional care. And that’s the intent of BPD, BFD and Allina Health EMS. So that it doesn’t matter who shows up,” Lanenberg said.

For nearly 30 years, Allina Health EMS has provided three paramedics to the SWAT Team. Paramedics and ambulances are stationed at Bloomington fire stations daily and ready to respond at any time.

The teamwork begins with Allina Health EMS providing emergency care training to police and fire personnel. While the pandemic created new challenges, this already existing partnership between the City and Allina Health EMS strengthened.

“We strive to provide exceptional care, and that is care that meets the medical needs of citizens and provides them the means to get to a hospital for more intensive medical diagnosis and care,” Police Deputy Chief Jeff Giles said. “Every day we work with Allina paramedics to provide exceptional emergency care to the citizens we serve.”