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Rural Iowa Paramedic Plan Could Revolutionize Care

SPRINGBROOK, Iowa – A new rural medicine program is getting notice because it allows volunteers to respond from anywhere to emergencies with advanced life-support tools and training.

The Maquoketa Sentinel-Press reports the program is going live this month.

The program is the first of its kind in the state, the newspaper reports, and could grow into a model across the state if successful.

“No one’s ever done this before,” said Ryan Conley, Jackson County’s EMS coordinator.

Added paramedic Joe Deppe: “Now, as a paramedic, I can respond as a paramedic in my own backyard.”

Springbrook, a city with less than 150 people, is trying to fundraise the $2,000 needed for the equipment.