7/24/2014 10:23:00 AM CF ambulance losing Althoff, Mazurkiewicz
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council accepted at its July 15 meeting with regret the resignations of two Cannon Falls Ambulance main employees, Mike Althoff and Ivan Mazurkiewicz.
Althoff, a Cannon Falls native, is heading for a job as a full-time firefighter for the city of Rochester. He will remain in town and as a member of the volunteer CFFD. His last day is August 19.
Mazurkiewicz' last day is July 30. He has accepted a position with Allina Health. He also will remain a member of the volunteer CFFD. He has over five years in with CF, two as a full-timer,
The resignations will leave the CF Ambulance service with one Advanced Life Support employee, so the council approved a request to hire one Emergency Medical Technician and two paramedics. The EMT will probably be an internal hire.
There had already been plans to add one more employee in conjunction with the opening of the new hospital and an expected uptick in ambulance transfer requests from the hospital.
Ambulance director Brenda Voshalike thanked Ivan and Mike for their service to the city. Voshalike said she learned a lot from Ivan and hopefully shared some knowledge with him.
Voshalike said Mike really has helped build the ambulance service in his ten years. "I can not say enough about Mike and his service," said Voshalike.
She said she wished them all the best and couldn't be happier for both of them.
Council member LeRoy McCusker, who used to employ Althoff in his plumbing and heating business, said he has seen how stressful and draining working on the ambulance service can be. McCusker said the city should consider if the wage scale is high enough for the ambulance workers.
$25,000 for cardiac monitor
The council also approved accepting a $25,000 grant from Minnesota Mission: Lifeline EMS Equipment Grant Program. The grant will be used to purchase cardiac monitoring equipment for the ambulance.