Vote on the Referendum for Improved Emergency Medical

Services in Cedar County!

For more information about the ballot initiative, click here.

On this November's ballot, you have the opportunity to make a difference by voting on the referendum for improved emergency services. Register to vote by clicking below and contribute to the safety and well-being of our community.

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Paramedics and doctor outside ambulance
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Welcome to the official website advocating for a better emergency medical services (EMS) system in Cedar County. We believe that a strong and efficient EMS response is vital for the safety and well-being of our community members. Based on a comprehensive analysis conducted by MCM Consulting Group, Inc., we have developed a strategic plan to enhance EMS services and address the challenges faced by Cedar County.

You can view more information about this project here.


Our vision is to establish a sustainable and reliable EMS system that ensures prompt and effective emergency response for all residents, businesses, and visitors of Cedar County.

Key Issues

Inconsistent Staffing and Response Times

Routine staffing and scheduling of ambulance crews have been inconsistent, leading to delayed responses to emergency calls. This can put lives at risk, and we need to address this issue urgently.

Lack of Training and Coordination

First responders in Cedar County do not have access to consistent training and certification programs. Additionally, the available sessions are poorly coordinated among EMS agencies, resulting in inefficiencies.

Duplication of Efforts and High Billing Fees

Multiple agencies with shared personnel and equipment result in duplication of efforts and higher costs. Moreover, third-party billing agencies retain a significant portion of the fees charged, leading to potential savings if handled more efficiently.

Personnel and Recruitment Concerns

The number of available personnel in each agency is inadequate to provide 24/7 ambulance coverage. The recruitment and retention of staff have become major concerns for the EMS agencies in Cedar County.

The Strategic Plan

The strategic plan, proposed by MCM Consulting Group, Inc., aims to address these challenges and create a sustainable and efficient EMS system.

Here are some key elements of the plan:

Consolidation of EMS Administrative Services

Optimized Ambulance Staffing

Volunteer-Based Quick Response Services

MCM recommends Cedar County explore taking responsibility for providing administrative and operational services for all EMS agencies in the county. This will create a more unified and streamlined approach to EMS.

Improved Resource Management

Implementing GPS-based system status management for all EMS vehicles will help optimize resource allocation and improve response times.

By staffing two advanced life support ambulances round-the-clock, we can significantly reduce response times and improve emergency care.

Enhanced Communications and Governance

Establishing agreements, plans, and governance policies will enhance communication and coordination between EMS agencies and the communications center.

A third ambulance could be staffed by volunteers or county staff during peak call volumes, providing valuable assistance. Quick Response Services will continue to enhance ambulance services and arrive quickly to begin patient care.

Community Engagement and Education

We aim to develop public education programs to raise awareness about emergencies and when to dial 911.

Faster Response Times

With optimized ambulance staffing and resource management, we can ensure faster response times to emergency calls, potentially saving lives.

Improved Patient Outcomes

When emergency services are readily available and highly responsive, the likelihood of successful resuscitation and stabilization increases significantly, positively impacting survival rates.

Cost Efficiency

By streamlining administrative and operational services, we can reduce duplication of efforts, thereby saving costs over time.

Why Vote?

The EMS Improvement Initiative will pave the way for significant advancements in emergency medical services:

Improved Training and Certification

The proposed plan includes initiatives for consistent training and continuing education programs, empowering our first responders with the skills needed to provide top-notch care.

Volunteer Inclusion

We believe in valuing our compassionate and devoted volunteers who contribute to the community. The plan takes careful consideration to include and support those who choose to volunteer their time and skills.

Enhanced Public Education

Our community education programs will help raise awareness about emergencies and the appropriate use of emergency services, reducing unnecessary 911 calls.

Get Involved in the EMS Improvement Initiative

We believe that community involvement is essential for creating positive change. Here's how you can get involved and support the EMS Improvement Initiative:

  1. Spread the Word: Help us raise awareness about the importance of voting on the EMS services referendum in Cedar County. Share our website and social media posts with your friends, family, and neighbors.
  2. Volunteer: If you have a passion for making a difference in your community, consider volunteering your time and skills to support our cause. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds!
  3. Educate Others: Be an advocate for responsible use of emergency services. Educate others about when to dial 911 and when alternative methods of transportation or care might be more appropriate.
  4. VOTE!

Join Us in Making a Difference

We need your support to bring about these essential changes to Cedar County's EMS system. By voting, you can help us establish a reliable and efficient emergency medical services organization that will ensure the safety and well-being of our community. Every vote counts, so mark your calendars and make your voice heard in the upcoming ballot!

Together, let's make Cedar County a safer place for everyone!

Saving lives is our daily commitment

If you are interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please contact the Cedar County Emergency Management Agency:


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Meetings & Information Sessions Held

Clarence City Council

September 11, 2023

Cedar Manor Nursing Home

September 19, 2023

Republican Central Committee

September 11, 2023

Prairie Hills

September 19, 2023

Stanwood City Council

September 11, 2023

Cedar County Town Hall

September 19, 2023

DAR - Open Prairie Chapter

September 16, 2023

Tipton EMS

September 20, 2023

Stanwood Fun Fest

September 16, 2023

Durant EMS

September 20, 2023

Durant City Council

September 25, 2023

Clarence Nursing Home

September 26, 2023

Cedar County Fire Association

September 26, 2023

Crestview Specialty Care

September 27, 2023

West Branch First Responders

September 27, 2023

Matthews Hall Meeting

October 17, 2023

Tipton Rotary

October 18, 2023 12:00 P.M.

Lowden Community Meeting

October 23, 2023 9:00 A.M.

Hein Manor

October 23, 2023

Clarence Community Meeting

October 23, 2023

Lowden First Responders

September 18, 2023

Mechanicsville EMS

September 18, 2023

Tipton City Council

September 18, 2023

West Branch Lions

September 20, 2023

Bennett EMS

September 27, 2023

Tipton Lions

September 21, 2023

Mechanicsville Specialty Care

September 25, 2023

Mechanicsville City Council

October 10, 2023

Cedar County Democrats

October 10, 2023

Lowden Community Meeting

October 24, 2023

West Branch Community Meeting

October 31, 2023

Bennett Legion

November 1, 2023

West Branch Council

September 18, 2023

Stanwood EMS

September 25, 2023

Prairie Hills Senior Living

November 2, 2023

Durant Community Meeting

October 16, 2023

Mechanicsville Community Meeting

November 1, 2023

Stanwood Community Meeting

November 2, 2023