Among OEMSCA’s newest members, Arcanum Rescue hopes to amplify its voice at the state level

Arcanum Rescue Chief Terry Shroder (right) is shown

One of the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association’s newest members is Arcanum Rescue out of west-central Ohio, and the agency’s experienced leader is helping them navigate the everchanging world of EMS.

Arcanum Chief Terry Shroder said joining OEMSCA will bring many benefits to his organization.

“We joined OEMSCA to have an amplified voice at the state level and to network with other, similar third-service departments,” he said.

Seneca County EMS Director Ken Majors, an executive board member for OEMSCA, said one of the best parts about being a member of OEMSCA is using other departments as a sounding board for advice or suggestions.
“When you face a problem as an EMS chief or leader, chances are, someone in this group has already successfully dealt with the issue. Having this resource is invaluable,” he said.

Shroder uses his experience and leadership to tackle the challenges of his agency. He has been with the department for 35 years, serving as chief for 23 of them.

Arcanum Rescue is located in Darke County, a rural farming community with about 53,000 residents. Shroder’s team covers about 150-square-miles and about 10,000 people across six townships, five villages and two school districts. The department is contracted with the Joint Ambulance District, which is made up of a representative from each township and village.
Arcanum Rescue runs two ambulances and one crash truck, which is stocked with extrication tools and other important rescue equipment.

The agency is staffed with all part-time employees, including 6 EMTs, 2 EMTAs and 20 paramedics. Arcanum crews responded to about 760 calls in 2018. The department is supplemented by seven volunteer or paid per call fire departments within the coverage area.

Shroder said the two biggest challenges he faces are budgetary and finding and retaining trained personnel.

The most challenging part of this job is finding the budget needed for purchasing equipment,” he said. “It’s also difficult to find trained personnel who are willing to stay around.”

Shroder loves his staff and the community the department works for.
“I feel the best part of my job is getting the opportunity to work with the community and with the employees of Arcanum rescue,” he said.

Shroder said although the budget is always of concern, improved and more efficient technology and equipment help he and his personnel do the job better.

“For example, with all the new features that come with heart monitors, we can now upload data from those monitors right into the EMS reporting systems,” he said.

Shroder also mentioned the LUCAS Chest Compression System, which saves time and energy while administering CPR.

“This job is all about adapting to change and working with the new technology that keeps coming out,” he said.