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Lizzy Forton, a senior at St. Michael Academy in Petoskey, will be learning first-hand the job of emergency medical responder as she rides along with Emmet County EMS crews for the next couple of months. Forton contacted Emmet County EMS Director Larry Hansen about the possibility of riding along as she looks into pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP) or medical doctor. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to learn,” said Forton. “I’ll be able to ride along to observe, see how things work and get some experience in the medical field.”


Work is progressing at a quick pace at the site of Station #1 on Eppler Road in Petoskey, near the Sheridan Street intersection. In the past month, most of the excavating has been completed, the basement walls have been poured and the footings have been dug. Once the footings are in place, concrete flat work will commence for the garage and the administrative area. It’s expected that the walls will be up and the building enclosed before winter arrives, so that interior work can proceed through the cold months. The early estimate for completion continues to be June 2017.


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. Follow the link below to download a copy of the 2016 EMS Assure brochure. NEW: You can now register at any time of the year; annual coverage begins the day we receive your form and payment.


Earlier in 2016, the Emmet County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of an “E-Car” for use by the ECEMS staff. The emergency vehicle arrived on Sept. 19 and has been outfitted with a police pursuit package for agile response in the event of any emergency. The 2016 Chevy Tahoe was designed and built specifically for fast emergency response, with a lower profile and interior features including locking cabinets for EMS equipment. “The purpose of the E-Car is to provide a first-response vehicle that allows us to have an extra set of hands on-scene,” said EMS Director Larry Hansen. “It can also be used as an additional response vehicle in the event all ambulances are responding to


From the Director: 2016 run volume expected to surpass 2015 figures

Emmet County EMS is on pace to break past run records this year, as volumes continue to surpass those of previous years each month.

Through the end of August 2016, ECEMS responded to 3,215 calls for assistance. In July, 507 runs surpassed the previous year’s total by about 80 runs. And in August, 511 runs surpassed the prior year’s volume by about 100 runs.

“At this rate, we expect to be up about 10 percent by year end 2016 over 2015,” said ECEMS Director Larry Hansen.  “This tells us that this area continues to be growing and continues to be a very popular destination for visitors. We had a very busy summer and with winter around the corner, we are expecting a busy cold season ahead as well. I want to commend all of our staff who have been covering all corners of the county exceptionally as we cared for our year round population and our tens of thousands of summertime visitors.”

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