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.
I’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!