State to invest extra $20 million in grants supporting EMS providers

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin will further invest in a grant program meant to support the state’s EMS providers.

The EMS Flex grant program got a $20 million boost Tuesday, Governor Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake announced. That brings the total funds for the program to $32 million.

Evers had announced an initial $12 million for the program during his State of the State address earlier this year. To date, nearly 450 grants have been given to EMS providers across the state.

“Our EMS providers are often the first on the scene, providing critical care when we need them the most,” Evers said. “This funding is going to provide much-needed support to our EMS providers across the state to help ensure they have the tools and resources they need.”

Multiple providers in Dane County have already received flex grants through the program, including the Madison Fire Department and Fitch-Rona EMS.