Twelve first responders from Oakfield learned how to identify plants that can cause allergic reactions and rashes when contacted. First responders often come in contact with brush when aiding motorists along roadways. Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, UW-Extension Fond du Lac County, shared easy characteristics and tips on how to identify poison ivy, poison sumac, wild parsnip, and giant hogweed, as well as how to distinguish between plants that look similar. The first concern of responders at any emergency is to assist at the scene but the helpful tips they learned at this training program may help them avoid exposure to plants that cause rashes during this process.
Photo Courtesy of M. Ribbing