DRYDEN — Lapeer County EMS continues to expand its countywide ambulance services with the recent opening of a new base in Dryden.
LCEMS Director Russ Adams said the 24/7 Advanced Care base at 5967 Dryden Rd. near Bishop Rd. became operational and began responding to calls on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Adams said LCEMS negotiated a five-year lease of the building (a house) with the property owner, thus providing greater access and faster response to residents living in the Dryden and Almont areas.
He said the base will always be staffed by two people; at least one of whom must be a licensed paramedic.
Adams noted that paramedics are able to administer medications, EKGs, and provide the best-possible emergency care to patients at the scene and en-route to a hospital.
The opening of the Dryden base also helps to fulfill the ambulance service's mission to service all of Lapeer County.
Given that the Metamora and Dryden bases are 9.5 miles apart, LCEMS protocol requires that the next nearest ambulance move its geographical position to a location that best fills any potential gaps in coverage.
Adams explained that LCEMS' Dryden-based ambulance will also respond to Almont calls that are not already being serviced by Medstar's base at M-53, south of Dryden Rd.
In the event that the Medstar ambulance is unavailable, LCEMS's Dryden-based ambulance will cover all calls from the Almont area.
"In the past, we would have sent our Imlay City unit to cover that (Almont) area," said Adams. "With the Dryden base now operational, our response times will be even quicker."
Adams said the opening of the Dryden location brings to eight the number of LCEMS bases currently operating in Lapeer County.
"Our original plan was for seven bases," said Adams. "We've now been able to exceed that number and to better serve our residents.
Adams said the new base will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.
Light refreshments will be served to attendees.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.