First Responders

Established in 1983, The Janesville 1st Responders is a group of volunteers, seperate from the fire department, medically certified & professionally trained, focused on providing emergency medical assistance for the City of Janesville & surrounding area, 24/7, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Current Members are:

Eric Ver Steegt    First Responder Director           EMT                         Serving Since 1/20/15

227 Main Street PO Box 146

Janesville, Iowa 50647-0146

Telephone: (319) 987-2332


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Traci Berry   Day Crew Chief                                  EMR                                Serving Since 12/4/04

Emily Schuldt  Training Officer                                  RN                                  Serving Since 4/21/17

Will Schuldt   Equipment Manager                            EMR                                Serving Since 10/17/17

Nicole Einck     Secretary                                  EMR                               Serving Since 9/20/11

Randy Samec   Janesville Police Chief                 EMR                              Serving Since 10/21/08

Eli Wright                                                          EMT                              Serving Since 10/15/13

Missy Buesman                                                       EMR                                  Serving Since 12/20/16

Karen Eastman                                                       RN                                     Serving Since 8/20/19

Ali Simons                                                        EMR                               Serving Since 7/16/19

Paul Johnson                                                Trainee                              Serving Since 8/20/19

Bryce Destival                                              Trainee                                Serving Since 3/17/2020

Kim Cross                                                     RN                                      Serving Since 4/21/2020

Nicki Reeves                                                  RN                                     Serving Since 6/16/2020

Dan Phillips                                                  Trainee                               Serving Since 6/16/2020

Taylor Boos                                                   RN                                     Serving Since 7/21/2020                                       


Michele Devlin*                                                 EMT                              Serving Since 10/21/08

Nick West* - Trainee                                                                                     Serving Since 8/21/18

* Notes Associate Member, Associate Members are members with current EMR level or higher training but are not included in normal call rotation due to being outside the coverage call area for long periods of time or other various reasons. These members may attend and be given credit for training, respond to service calls, and perform other duties of full members for the benefit of the organization.



Crisis in EMS– If you have not heard about it yet, you soon will. EMS in Iowa is in a crisis. The EMS system is facing two critical issues – funding (reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance) and a severe lack of volunteers. EMS agencies staffed by volunteers are struggling for providers, especially during the daytime hours when most people are working. In Janesville, there are times when only one EMS provider is available during daytime and weekend hours.

Iowans may be surprised to learn that EMS is not considered an “Essential Service.” According to Iowa Code, law enforcement, fire protection, and the settling of fence-line disputes are “essential services” while EMS is not. There is currently no assurance that when you call 911 an EMS provider will respond. This includes nearby ambulance services! There is documentation of people in our area that have waited over 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

You Can Help! The Janesville 1st Responders are looking for people to join our group! We will pay for your Emergency Medical Responder certification and training in return for a 2 year commitment to our group. If you are currently a Registered Nurse, no additional certification is required!

Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions(and answers) to help start your journey of becoming an Emergency Medical Responder!

What are the stipulations to join? Must be 18 yrs old and possess a valid driver’s license. Membership is open to any person who resides in, or spends 30 hr/week working or residing in the Janesville First Responder service district.

How long does training take? The EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) Class is 64 hours spread out over the course of about two and a half months. When joining our group, we try to have classes in Janesville and try to schedule around the convenience of students and the instructor.

How much will this cost me? We will pay for your Emergency Medical Responder certification and training in return for a 2 year commitment to our group! Gas money is on your own though, sorry!

How soon before I can start going to calls? If you are interested in joining, we encourage you to come to one of our monthly meetings. Fill out an application and once voted in as a probationary member (normally same meeting), we will give you a radio and pager. New probationary members are encouraged to come to calls to shadow and watch but MAY NOT enter a scene until a certified member has arrived.

When are your meetings? We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm, at Janesville City Hall.

We provide monthly training and Continuing Education Hours to keep you certified!

What equipment does each responder carry? Each of our members carries a pager, a radio and a “Jump Kit” that contains medical supplies, tools, and portable oxygen. The Janesville 1st Responders and our EMS equipment travel by our own private vehicles to the emergency scene. The ‘on call’ responder, crew chiefs, and director, each carry an A.E.D. (Automated External Defibrillator).

What is your coverage area? The area that we service extends north to 250th Street in Bremer County and south to the Cedar Falls City Limits in Black Hawk County. Our western boundary is the Bremer/Butler County line and our eastern Boundary is Wagner Road in Black Hawk County and Joplin Avenue in Bremer County.

How much of my time will this consume? In addition to call time, you can expect to attend 1 monthly meeting (roughly 2 hrs) and any community outreach activities you may wish to participate in (ex, Halloween Trick or Treat, Janesville Days Parade, CPR and Stop the Bleed Community Trainings).

What is your call schedule like? Once certified, we offer a flexible call schedule that allows you to sign up on dates that work for you! We ask members to cover minimally 2 weeknight shifts a month (6pm-6am, Sunday – Thursday), plus 1, 24 hour weekend shift a month (6pm-6pm Friday or Saturday). Day time shifts can vary for those who work in town, please inquire more if that is applicable for you.

How busy is your department? The Janesville 1st Responders average 140 calls per year, roughly 12-15 calls a month.

What kind of Calls to you respond to? When a call is made to 911, we are paged by the Bremer County dispatcher and respond to calls ranging from Medical, Trauma, Cardiac Arrests, Car Accidents, Lift Assist, House Fires, Natural Disasters, or any situation where emergency crews are needed at any time. First Responders are trained to assess the situation, provide medical and, lifesaving aid when needed, and keep the situation under control until an ambulance arrives.

I’m nervous about patient care, Will I ever have to give a patient drugs or start an IV? We believe in teamwork and try our best to assure that you never “run” a call by yourself! The Janesville 1st Responders are a BLS (Basic Life Support) service. The only “drugs” we carry are Aspirin and Oxygen. We make sure you have plenty of training and feel comfortable before administering any type of intervention. As a BLS service, starting an IV is not in our scope and can only be done by the responding ALS (Advanced Life Support) ambulance crew.

How can I learn more?

To Volunteer or hear more about our team:

Please contact, Eric Ver Steegt (319)987-2332, Emily Schuldt at (641)330-3665, or Nicole Einck at (319) 290-6779 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   You can also find us on Facebook at Janesville 1st Responders



Click to download a First Responder Application Form


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