While Livingston County’s EMS might have had to put their 50th anniversary celebrations on hold last year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, they continued to provide a higher standard of critical emergency care for our community. While most of the assistance EMS provides to our community is medical in nature, everything they do is about service to their patients, their families and loved ones, and our County as a whole.
To recognize their 51 st anniversary this year, we take a look at the services they provide, commend their employees for their commitment to our County’s wellbeing,
and unveil their new ambulance design.
“Livingston County EMS has a long-standing history of excellence and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to help carry on that tradition of excellence,” said David Feldpausch, EMS Director.
Back in 1970, the Livingston County Board of Commissioners established Livingston County EMS. The area EMS is responsible for spans 584 square miles, which includes 48 miles of highway, 16 townships, two cities and two villages; with a population of 193,866 people.
Over the years, Livingston County EMS has evolved from two EMS sub stations in the 1970s to five currently used stations with over 100 Paramedics, EMT’s, and ancillary staff all working as a cohesive unit to ensure 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year coverage of our community.
EMS’ main headquarters was constructed in 2013 and houses a 24-hour unit, eight 12-hour units,Operations staff, Administration staff, and billing personnel. The facility includes a hangar to house both fixed wing and rotor wing aircraft, in partnership with The University of Michigan and the Livingston County Airport. This strategic alliance with the University allows for a rapid deployment of resources at a pivotal geographic location between three major trauma centers in Southeast Michigan.
There is a strong sense of dedication to our community among EMS’ employees. The individuals who make up their team are hard-working professionals with advanced skill sets and training from fields such as critical care, injury prevention, Paramedic/EMT, Community Health Program, Emergency Management, and Special Response Units. Employees continuously step up to meet the growing demands in pre-hospital care to ensure the needs of our community are met, often at the expense of their family and personal lives.
Earlier this year, Livingston County EMS introduced two new ambulances into their fleet. At first glance, the most noticeable change are the updated graphics, but most importantly, the inside has been redesigned. The goal of the overall redesign was to focus on provider safety without sacrificing the high standard of care they have provided for over 50 years. “I am very proud of our new ambulance design
and the committee that took months researching options and features to help design us a safer, more functional ambulance,” said Director Feldpausch.