2018-10-21 / Front Page

LCEMS to open newest base in Dryden Twp.

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

DRYDEN TWP. — Lapeer County EMS (LCEMS) could have its eighth base open by Nov. 1. LCEMS Executive Director Russ Adams told board members Thursday morning that the county’s Medical Control Board gave the agency the green light Monday to open a base on the corner of Dryden and Bishop roads.

Adams said the agency already has a lease on the property and “we hope to have it open in a couple of weeks.” He said the biggest hurdle is redrawing schedules to staff the site 24-7.

The new base, Adams said, will push the border between LCEMS’ and Medstar’s service area farther east. Medstar operates a base north of Almont on M-53 at Burgett Drive.

The Medical Control Board gave LCEMS 45 days to make the new base operational.

Since the new base is in a residential area, Adams said there won’t be a sign out front. If the board decides later that it wants a sign, Adams said LCEMS would have to seek special approval from Dryden Township.

In other business:

• Adams told board members that while the agency has purchased the land under its Calhoun Street base in Lapeer, it looks like it might be as much as three years before the agency can replace the aging building.

In the meantime, the agency is doing basic maintenance on the building.

• The board approved spending $4,000 on a new fire panel at its Elba Township headquarters. Adams said the panel had been giving false alarms in recent months that technicians believe are tied to a Nov. 17 power outage and surge.

Board members instructed Adams to file and insurance claim for that.

• Adams announced two new road supervisors, Thomas Hoag and Rob Combs, will start work this week with LCEMS. He said between them, the two EMTs have 20 years’ experience.

Since being told to delay payment of an unexpected $1,900 bill from the Quality Assurance Assessment Program last month, Adams said he’s discovered it was a valid charge. He said it was part of a program to increase Medicare reimbursement that MAAS (Michigan Association of Ambulance Services) fought for the past three years.

He said a communications error had left the MAAS notices going to a predecessor.

• Adams told board members that negotiations with LCEMS’ union are down to money and vacation and he hopes to have a resolution by the next board meeting.

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