Livingston County EMS celebrates 51 years of serving community

The 50th anniversary celebration of Livingston County’s EMS was put on hold last year because of COVID-19. To recognize its 51st anniversary, Livingston County takes a look at the services EMS provides, commends its employees for their commitment to the community’s well-being, and unveils its new ambulance design.

“Livingston County EMS has a long-standing history of excellence,” said EMS Director David Feldpausch. “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to help carry on that tradition of excellence.”

The Livingston County Board of Commissioners established EMS in 1970. The agency is responsible for covering 584 square miles, including 48 miles of highway, 16 townships, 2 cities and 2 villages, and a population of 193,866 people. Over the years, Livingston County EMS evolved from two substations in the 1970s to five stations with over 100 paramedics, EMTs, and ancillary staff, all working together as a cohesive unit to ensure 24/7 coverage 365 days a year.

The main EMS headquarters, built in 2013, houses a 24-hour unit, 8 12-hour units, operations staff, administrative staff, and billing personnel. The facility includes a hangar to house both fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, in partnership with the University of Michigan and the Livingston County Airport. The strategic alliance with U-M allows for a rapid deployment of resources at a pivotal geographic location between three major trauma centers in southeast Michigan.

There is a strong sense of dedication to the community among EMS employees, said Feldpausch. The EMS team is made up of hard-working professionals with advanced skill sets and training from fields such as critical care, injury prevention, paramedic/EMT, community health, emergency management, and special response units.

“Employees continuously step up to meet the growing demands in pre-hospital care to ensure the needs of our community are met,” Feldpausch said, “often at the expense of their family and personal lives.”

Earlier this year, Livingston County EMS introduced two new ambulances into its fleet. The most noticeable change are the updated graphics, but the insides have been redesigned to focus on provider safety without sacrificing the high standard of care EMS has provided for over 50 years.

“I am very proud of our new ambulance design,” Feldpausch said, “as well as the commuittee that took months researching options and features to help design us a safer, more functional ambulance.”

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