Switzerland County Emergency Response holds open house for new facility

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The county-owned Switzerland County Emergency Response, which has been originating runs from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, found its home this past weekend as an open house was held on Saturday for the SCER headquarters located on East Main Street in Vevay.

Completely renovated both inside and out, SCER executive director Nadine Swift and her fellow emergency workers hosted the open house on Saturday afternoon, with approximately 150 people touring the facilities and talking with staff.

Also on hand were local and state elected officials; administrators from the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison; and also staff members from the State EMS administration.

“I was really pleased, really grateful to everyone who came out and supported us,” Swift said. “It was exciting, kind of a team effort.”

With the department’s ambulances parked out front and two emergency medical helicopters on the ground nearby; people enjoyed seeing the new renovations, both in the ambulance bay and in the employees quarters on the back of the facility.

Now that the group is in its permanent home, Swift said that doesn’t mean that the work has stopped.

“Now that we’re here full time, we’re still settling in and working on things,” she said. “We’re still working on getting radios set up and stuff like that, but it’s good be finally be settled. There are trainings and other things that we haven’t been able to fully do because of our space; but it’s really good to come and do what we need to do; what we want to do. What we’re here for.”

And Saturday certainly saw the community come and support the program.

“I think there was a lot of excited energy,” Swift said. “A lot of happy people and a lot of good comments. It’s been a big year for us. Now we are moving to the future.

“I’m just so grateful to the county and everyone who has supported our effort,” Swift continued. “We’re just seeing a lot of good, positive feedback and good energy. This is an exciting time for everyone.”

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The Switzerland County Emergency Response organization currently has 15 people on staff:

There is one full time EMT; one full time advanced EMT; four full time paramedics (including Swift); four part time paramedics; and five part time EMTs.

Those in need of SCER services should call 911 in the event of an emergency. The office number once everything is up and full running is (812) 226-6075.