Don Kimlicka has been appointed as the new director of the Clintonville Area Ambulance Service, replacing Carol Kersten, who has retired.
Kimlicka is currently licensed as a critical care paramedic and will serve the community in that capacity along with the director role.
Most recently, he held the position of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator at Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wis., where he helped develop the initial EMS programs originating from the facility for Marathon County. He held this position since the facility opened in October 2005.
Kimlicka has been involved in EMS since 1981. Throughout his career he has held numerous positions including, Lead EMS Instructor, Flight Paramedic, Assistant EMS Chief, Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy and a 911 dispatcher. The majority of his career involved training new and current EMS providers, and he is still recognized by the Wisconsin Technical College as an EMS Instructor. He also functions as a deputy medical examiner for Marathon County and is part of the State of Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board, being a member of the EMS Administration and Management Committee.
He and his wife Karla currently live in Weston with two cats, but will eventually move to the Clintonville area. During time off they enjoy biking, hiking, basically most outdoor activities or helping the family on a dairy farm.
Kimlicka’s path to his new position was a unique and exciting experience.”I initially saw the job posting for this position online and it seemed intriguing, so I applied,” Kimlicka explained. “Though I have assisted other directors and done many other things within EMS, I have never been a director on my own. I went through the process and was offered a position, which I turned down initially due to commitments to my position at St. Clare’s. Then, two weeks later, things opened up and I was able to call Carol back and the position was still available. I’m really happy it worked out that way, because now I can use all of my abilities to help bring the service to a new level.”
In addition to his work within various EMS groups, Kimlicka is also an author for the Wisconsin EMS Association and writes for various publishing companies that produce EMS textbooks. He has extensive writing, lecturing and public speaking experience, which he hopes to be able to use to further his goals for the Clintonville Area Ambulance Service.
Kimlicka’s initial goal for Clintonville Area Ambulance is to bring more exposure into the communities it serves which include a website, business cards for all crew members and a variety of outreach programs. Advancement of the internal education program for the EMS Providers and providing education for other EMS agencies are also among his goals.
“Carol Kersten really brought this ambulance service to a high level,” Kimlicka said. “There are so many great people here and I just want to help take it a step further and make this a superior ambulance service.
“From what I have seen, this ambulance service really excels above most others I’ve been involved with,” he continued. “This is a very forward-thinking ambulance service, and overall, it’s a fantastic operation.
“If you would like to meet me, please call me at the Clintonville Area Ambulance Business Office at 715-823-5967 or stop in at 3 S. Main St.,” Kimlicka said. “Everyone in Clintonville has been so friendly, and I’m excited to be here.”