In June of 2014,Leland Township Fire and Rescue made the step in moving from a Limited Advance Life Support transport EMS service to an Advanced Life Support EMS service. This step eliminated the need to call for assistance from neighboring departments when an EMS call was of a serious nature which necessitated the administering special interventions or medications to the patient.
We are very proud of the service we provide to the community and are often lauded for our care, compassion, and skills we exhibit on scene. We are humbled by the support of the community for us to staff an advanced life support ambulance and be ready to respond quickly. Future growth and subsequent funding needs will allow us to staff an additional ambulance and fire apparatus (depending on the nature of the call) at a currently unstaffed station.
In 2017, we transported 190 patients to the hospital – 25 of them were transported with the highest priority (“Priority 1”) classification possible. That compared to 158 transports (31 of them Priority 1) in 2016 and 127 transports (11 of them Priority 1).
Our department is inspected every year and has to meet our local medical control authority’s and state requirements to maintain our Advanced Life Support licensure. We do not take these requirements lately and we strive to meet and exceed them.
Leland Township Fire and Rescue currently has a total of 6 full time staff with 5 of these staff members being licensed by the State of Michigan as Paramedics. The sixth employee has finished his paramedic program (through the Munson EMS Education Center in Traverse City) and is awaiting his state license as a Paramedic – he is currently an Advanced EMT.
Chief Besson also is a state licensed Paramedic / Instructor-Coordinator.