Facing a lack of volunteers, White Lake group gives up ambulance service; will rely on Antigo for service

  • Source: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau
  • Published: 10/11/2018 07:20 AM

VIDEO: About 40 years ago, Troutland Rescue Squad started shuttling patients from the White Lake area to the hospital in Antigo. Troutland is about to make its last run. It simply can't find enough volunteers to serve as EMTs. This fall, the city of Antigo took over primary responsibility for calls in this part of rural Langlade County. Troutland President Jim Summerford said a lack of volunteers isn't a local problem or a state problem. It's national. Summerford knows just about every person he treats around White Lake. "It's sort of like you're treating family. We're a real tight-knit area, community here. I would say I know about 90 percent of the people [to whom I respond]," he said.


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