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Scadden Dysart’s new Ambulance Director

June 15, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Julie Scadden has officially begun her duties as Dysart Ambulance Director after being hired last month to take over for the retiring Steve Weekley.

Scadden comes to Dysart after spending the last three and a half years as the Ambulance Director for Lisbon-Mt. Vernon and has worked in EMS for 28 years. She has worked as an instructor at Kirkwood Community College the past few years, teaching advance EMT classes. Scadden applied for the position in Dysart to move into a new stage in her career and remain in the eastern part of Iowa.

"I like the challenge of going to smaller services and seeing what can be done to get them up to date," Scadden said. "This is a slower-pace here in Dysart, and I'm at that point in my career that I want to continue in EMS but settle back a little.

Scadden first got involved in EMS while living in Schaller. The volunteer service in town was losing members and needed volunteers. As a mother of three young children at the time, Scadden personally did not like the idea of not having an ambulance service available in her community and volunteered.

"The medical field is a part of my family with my sister being a nurse and another a vet," Scadden said. "I felt I should do my part for the community and I wanted to be sure these would be an ambulance if my children ever got hurt."

While Scadden notes she will run the ambulance service different than her predecessor and changes are potentially coming, her goal going forward is to upgrade some of the equipment to make work easier for those in the service.

"The number one thing is to try to get more people to join the ambulance service and take some of the burden off the handful that have kept this service going," Scadden said. "I would like to bring more classes and training over here. We for sure want an EMT class we could hold right here in town that would get some local pople interested."

Although she hasn't been in town for long, Scadden has come to enjoy Dysart and remarked how she already feels welcomed.

"Dysart has a really nice community feeling to it," Scadden said. "Everyone has been so welcoming and bending over backwards to help me. It's been easy to get to the know the town and some of the people in it. I'm happy to be here and look foward to seeing what I can do to grow the service."

Changes being considered by Scadden include more flexible scheduling with more members, bring oppurtunity for anyone interested in joining the service and look for more drivers.

"We're very happy to welcome Julie as our new Ambulance Director," Mayor Pam Thiele said "With her job experience, advanced skills and leadership qualities, we are confident that the Dysart Ambulance Serivce will continue to deliver exceptional care for our residents."



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