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2016 ASSURE membership program details

Emmet County residents and those in neighboring counties within the ECEMS service area should have received the Emmet County EMS ASSURE membership program brochure in the mail. This affordable program could save individuals and families considerable money should you or a loved one require ambulance service, particularly multiple ambulance experiences. Follow the link below to download a copy of the 2016 EMS Assure brochure. NOTE ABOUT MULTIPLE MAILINGS: We are aware of a few problems with the mailing list in certain areas of the County, and we are in touch with the company that was contracted to do the mailing list for Emmet County EMS. They are working to resolve the issue and to reimburse Emmet County for multiple mailings to the same address. If you have questions, please contact our office at (231) 348-0657.

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Emmet County EMS 2015 Annual Report now available online

The Emmet County EMS Department has compiled its first annual report, reflecting on the first year of operations which began Jan. 1, 2015. In the report, you will find updated information on facility projects, run volumes, budgets, as well as information about the staff, community activities and thank you letters from those in the community who have been affected by the services of ECEMS. To download the 2015 annual report, click below.

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Location of Petoskey EMS station approved; Eppler Road site selected

The location for the flagship station of Emmet County’s EMS operations has been approved by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners. On Thursday evening, Feb. 25, 2016, the Board held a special meeting to approve the purchase of an approximate 10-acre parcel on Eppler Road, south of the Sheridan Street intersection, on the road’s east side. The property is in Resort Township and near to both U.S. 31 and U.S. 131. “It has very good access to major intersections and roads that service Emmet County and it will provide us with rapid access for emergency response in high-density run volume areas,” said Larry Hansen, Emmet County EMS Director. “We feel this is the best of the available sites in the immediate Petoskey area, and we’re looking forward to getting started building this flagship public safety building.”


From the Director

July 5, 2016 – Our staff have been very active participants in the operations of the department since we began service in January 2015. We have committees for community events, education, risk and safety and disasters. We are in the process of putting together our in-house quality assurance committee also. Every staff member has the option of participating in the committees or activities of the department. I serve on multiple committees also, including regional emergency response networks. In addition to providing excellent medical care our crews also participated in many community-based events. We provided medical standby for footraces in Petoskey and Harbor Springs, ice rescue training and live burn training for area fire departments.

Our staff really enjoys getting out into our communities and getting to know our residents, including our littlest ones which is why we visit schools and daycares during EMS Week to show kids what we do and hopefully ease any fears they may have if we assist them or their family members. We had many opportunities to demonstrate the capabilities of our new trucks and equipment.
Crews were available at both the Harbor Springs and Petoskey Holiday Open Houses; Home Depot and Lowe’s Safety Days; parades in many area communities and even the Harbor Springs farmer’s market.

WEB Brian hill 1I’m also very proud when our staff gets recognition for the work they do individually. In June 2016, ECEMS Paramedic Brian Hill was recognized by the software systems company Tritech, which recognized him in an “Our Heroes” feature online. The text states, “Brian has been a paramedic for over 20 years and has been with Emmet County EMS for 1 1/2 years. Brian goes above and beyond to do his work and is always teaching and mentoring younger and new EMS staff. He is always willing to help and give suggestions for how to improve or make life in the EMT world a little bit less crazy. He is easy to work with no matter who his partner is for the 24-hour shift he is on. He is very good with patients, eases their fears and will answer all of their questions and any questions family members may have.”
Congratulations, Brian, on this recognition!