Emergency Services

Rescue Squad

FIRE PROTECTION

Fire protection is provided to the community by a 23-member volunteer fire department.
The department also provides protection to areas outside the community and responds to mutual aid calls with area communities.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Laurel employs one full-time and two part-time police officers. The police department utilizes standard equipment for patrol, basic investigation, enforcing traffic laws and report writing.

Cedar County currently has 7 certified officers, 7 support personnel,  as we contract with the City of Hartington and the Corps Of Engineers at Gavin’s Point Dam for Law Enforcement protection.  We have 7 patrol units that are fully equipped with stop strips, shot guns, rifles, radar units, and in car cameras and each officer has access to night vision, infrared camera, a boat, jet ski, ATV, and UTV.

Cedar County Sheriff also provides 24 hour dispatch for all of Cedar County along with administers a 21 bed jail.

RESCUE SQUAD

The Laurel rescue squad remains a volunteer service managed by the City of Laurel. The service now has two fully stocked advance life support ambulances. The squad currently has 14 active members.

The rescue unit was the recipient of the Assistant to Firefighters Grant and was able to purchase two cardiac monitor/defibrillator/pacers with ECG transmission capability. Transmission of the ECG’s to area Cardiac Centers allows for immediate over read by an ER physician to determine if the patient requires emergent transfer to the Cardiac Center for surgical intervention ultimately increasing survival rates from sudden cardiac events. The squad was also able to purchase EMS Bunker gear for all the members to protect crew from bio-hazards and injury during extrication as well as two IO drills to place IV’s into the bone marrow to administer lifesaving medications.

Laurel rescue also received a state grant to obtain a Lucas III, a CPR assist device. The Lucas has been shown to increase survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest.

Life Support Nurses

  • Lisa Clausen-Bathke (President)
  • Stephanie Urwiler
  • Kelsey Weinandt
  • Josh Goracke

Paramedic

  • Leanna Gubbels

EMT’s

  • Rachel Steffen
  • Melissa Graham
  • Kevin Jundt
  • Lois Urwiler
  • Kyle Knudsen
  • Jodie Thompson-Education Officer
  • Heather Hall-Secretary
  • Calvin Casey

EMR

  • Steve Stanley-Vice President
  • Sam Recob, MD, Medical Director