City Council appoints interim St. Croix EMS chiefKim Eby was appointed interim chief of St. Croix Emergency Medical Services by the Hudson City Council at its March 26 meeting. Eby, a seven-year veteran of the ambulance service, will replace Eric Christensen.
By: Randy Hanson, Hudson Star-Observer
Kim Eby was appointed interim chief of St. Croix Emergency Medical Services by the Hudson City Council at its March 26 meeting.
Eby, a seven-year veteran of the ambulance service, will replace Eric Christensen when he leaves at the end of next week to take over as emergency services director for Door County.
“I think Kim would be a very strong choice” to lead St. Croix EMS on an interim basis, Christensen told the City Council in recommending her for the position.
Eby was a paramedic captain for the service until her recent appointment. She joined St. Croix EMS in January 2005.
Until August 2011, she also worked as a paramedic for Allina Medical Transportation. Prior to that, she was an emergency medical technician for Lifelink III.
The City Council also approved beginning the recruitment process for a permanent EMS director and an updated job description for the position.
In addition to heading up the ambulance service, the director will serve as the city’s emergency management coordinator.
The recruitment schedule calls for the EMS Commission to review applications and schedule interviews for candidates during the first week of June.
Mutual aid system
The Hudson Fire Department’s participation in a statewide mutual aid system also was approved by the City Council.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System is used for deploying fire, rescue and emergency medical service personnel for large-scale incidents that no one department could handle on its own, Fire Chief Jim Frye explained. He named major fires, floods, tornadoes, hazardous-material spills and terrorist attacks as incidents for which aid might be provided.
Frye said MABAS was established on the principle of neighbor helping neighbor, and that equipment, personnel or services would be provided at no charge between the municipalities. The agreement doesn’t replace the mutual aid agreements the Hudson department already has with surrounding fire departments, include four in Minnesota, he said.
Frye cited the huge warehouse fire in North Hudson a few years ago as an incident for which mutual aid could have been sought through MABAS.
In other action, the City Council: