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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. NEW: You can now register at any time of the year; annual coverage begins the day we receive your form and payment.

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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. The link to the full Emmet County Summer 2016 Newsletter is also available at the link below.

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South EMS Station #1 gets Board approval; construction to begin Fall of 2016

The third and final station in the network of new Emmet County EMS facilities received approval from the Emmet County Board of Commissioners Aug. 18. During a special meeting, the Board voted 5 to 1 to proceed with plans for constructing the hub of EMS operations in Petoskey, on Eppler Road. Commissioner Shawn Wonnacott was absent from the meeting, and Commissioner Charlie MacInnis voted no. The $3.2 million project will begin this fall. It will house ambulances, staff quarters, vehicle and equipment maintenance areas and will serve as a public safety location for the Sheriff’s department. The EMS billing and administrative operations will be consolidated at the location as well. “From the start of Emmet County assuming EMS operations in January 2015, we have been committed to making sure that we are building a program that will endure for generations. It’s satisfying to see the last of the three buildings get the OK from the board and we’re looking forward to getting started on construction this fall,” said Emmet County EMS Administrator Marty Krupa.

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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!