City set to begin ALS service
MANISTIQUE – It’s official – Manistique EMS will be up and running Advanced Life Support services on Sunday at 8 a.m. Armed with a new license and plenty of staff, the agency will move beyond the Limited Life Support service it has offered for years.
According to Manistique Public Safety Director Ken Golat, the city’s ambulance service received its ALS license from the state and now must wait until the designated start time of Sunday to begin operating under it.
“We’ve been pursuing this license for about two years, and more aggressively beginning in September 2013,” he said. “We had difficulty recruiting people to come into Manistique.”
This all changed recently, however, when ALS-trained EMS workers, also known as paramedics, flocked to the agency. Manistique EMS now has a full roster of nine paramedics, including: Amanda Armatti, Thomas Bell, Jr., David Davis, Matthew Hagerty, Mark Norris, Jeffrey Sims, Duane Verbrigghe, Thyra Schlabach (Walls), and Brad Wyman.
One of the paramedics is local, while the others are coming from areas such as Rapid River and Marquette, Golat said. When added to current limited advanced support and basic life support trained staff, the paramedics round out a team of 25 EMS personnel.
“A lot of people wanted to be part of the team,” said Golat.
He also mentioned that Manistique EMS looks forward to working with the 17 Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital registered nurses as much as possible on any interhospital transfers.
Golat explained patients will now receive primary care from a paramedic, while a LALS or BLS staff member assists.
“I’m pleased we finally obtained the advanced licensure – it’s been a long road,” he said. “I’m sure that it will improve service to the community.
I am very much looking forward to working with the paramedics and their advanced medical skills in to the future as part of the public safety team,” Golat added.