Could Washtenaw County firefighters help with ambulance delays? New rules open the door
But the new rules put Washtenaw County in the “right spot,” he said, adding resources while not jeopardizing the system as whole. Others, like Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy, added they would like to see regulators go further. Unrelated to the protocol changes, Ann Arbor recently began a trial arrangement with HVA where its firefighters are staffing a “safety net” ambulance provided by HVA. Kennedy, in Ann Arbor, agreed. More from The Ann Arbor News:With ambulance service understaffed, Ann Arbor firefighters stepping upChelsea firefighters unveil new ambulance, purchased during EMS staffing crisisWashtenaw County township will buy its own ambulance amid EMS staffing crisis‘We get what we pay for.’ Scio Township fire chief outlines need for new station, firefightersmlive.com
With ambulance service understaffed, Ann Arbor firefighters stepping up
ANN ARBOR, MI — Under a first-of-its-kind agreement in Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor firefighters are going to staff an ambulance provided by Huron Valley Ambulance. HVA will provide a basic-life-support ambulance, while city firefighters, who are trained EMTs, will use it to transport patients who generate revenue for HVA. The plan is to coordinate with HVA, not replace HVA, said Fire Chief Mike Kennedy, noting full replacement of HVA in Ann Arbor would be a monumental effort. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:How Ann Arbor plans to recruit more minority police and firefightersThis crumbling Ann Arbor path may be the worst, but who should pay to fix it? Michigan construction trade group opposes new Ann Arbor bid practicesHere are the Washtenaw County tax proposals on the August primary ballotAnn Arbor OKs nearly $500K plan to fill sidewalk gaps in 5 areasmlive.com
Washtenaw County township will buy its own ambulance amid EMS staffing crisis
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – As a national crisis in EMS staffing hits home in Washtenaw County, local fire departments are gearing up to staff their own ambulances. Read more: Washtenaw County’s ambulance service is critically understaffed. Leaders of the countywide ambulance service acknowledge the staffing strain they’re under, with roughly one in four positions vacant. In the meantime, how long will ambulance staffing issues in Washtenaw County persist? “We expect that it’s going to go on for the foreseeable future.”More from The Ann Arbor News:Washtenaw County’s ambulance service is critically understaffed.mlive.com
Three people shot in Superior Township, suspect in custody
SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Sunday night at 9:42 p.m., Washtenaw Metro Dispatch received a report of multiple people shot at the 1000 block of Knollwood Bend in Superior Township. Upon arriving to the scene, deputies discovered a 26-year-old Superior Township man and a 29-year-old Ypsilanti man who both suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both were in serious condition, triaged at the scene and transported by Huron Valley Ambulance to a nearby hospital. A third individual with multiple gunshot wounds, a 30-year-old from Superior Township, transported himself to the hospital and was listed in serious condition. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711.