White Lake Ambulance

COMPANY INFORMATION

Mission of Organization:

To provide a workforce of highly trained and full qualified personnel who will devote their time, energies and expertise to provide around the clock emergency medical services to the citizens of the White Lake Area and surrounding communities.

Concise History of Organization:

White Lake Ambulance Authority was formed on January 1, 1968 by seven governmental units, these being; The Cities of Whitehall and Montague, The Townships of Blue Lake, Fruitland, Montague, Whitehall and White River. The Village of Lakewood Club Joined in 1988 and succeeded in 1998. Prior to The Authority ambulance service was provided by Purdy and Gee Funeral Homes.

According to an article in the October 26, 1967 edition of The White Laker, Ambulance due to rising cost, increased state restrictions and operating standards it has become running an ambulance a losing venture for both funeral homes. The cities and townships were notified that the funeral home based ambulance service would end December 31, 1967. A committee of representatives of each of the seven governmental units in the coverage area was formed. Following numerous community meetings, the committee revealed plans for a volunteer ambulance service.

A fund of approximately 3000.00 was established with the governmental units each contributing their portion based on population. From this fund a four year old ambulance was purchased. Twenty interested citizens signed up to be drivers and attendants. Training at the time was American Red Cross CPR and First Aid. In 1974 twelve of the attendants received training and became licensed by the state as Emergency Medical Technicians. Through the late 1970s the calls for response increased and so did the education to provide the most up-to-date techniques and care. In 1977, with the graduation and licensing of six Advanced EMTs (modern day paramedics) from Grand Valley State College, White Lake Ambulance Service became one of the first volunteer advanced life support ambulance services in The State of Michigan. Advanced Life Support means that there is a minimum of one paramedic plus another crew member on every call. There are still regions in Michigan today that do not provide advanced life support.

White Lake Ambulance Authority currently provides four advanced life support ambulances and a mass casualty trailer to protect the citizens in the original governmental units. Two of these units are staffed around the clock 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The other two units are staffed on an as needed basis. The current calls for service was approximately 1600 for 2002. The request for service have increased every year for the past 40 years. We see no change in this in the near future.

Awards and Achievments

Certified Advanced Life Support (ALS) Transport Agency through the Stae of MI.
Michigan Department of Commnity Health (MDCH) EMS Continuing Education (CE) Sponsor.