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We may only be a staff of two, but we bring great service to you!!


Tom Vanderwal, Program DirectorGreater Northwest EMS - Tom Vanderwal, Program Director

Tom came to Greater Northwest EMS in October of 1999 from the Wheaton Community Hospital where he had been Assistant Administrator and Chief Financial Officer since 1979. Tom’s EMS experience includes serving as an EMT for 19 years. In 1996 he was introduced to the regional EMS systems by serving on the board of West Central EMS Corporation in Alexandria. Tom’s hobbies include fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Northwest EMS - Lisa Burlage - Office Manager

Lisa Burlage, Office Manager

Lisa began employment with Greater Northwest EMS in October of 1999. She has seven years experience as a volunteer firefighter, as well as six years as an EMT-Basic on a volunteer service. She is a also a Registered Nurse with Sanford Health. Lisa also owns a grant writing business, Rath Writing Services. ┬áLisa’s hobbies include home improvement projects, gardening, sewing and time on the lake.