Fife Lake Township

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 Medical Director: Robert Melancon




Ms. Rodriguez:

This letter is to inform you Fife Lake EMS’ license to provide EMS services is suspended effective August 24, 2020 at 0700 hours. This suspension will continue until such time Fife Lake EMS can provide proof of coverage twenty four hours per day, seven days per week per their statutory requirement as a BLS transporting agency. You may choose to appeal this decision with the State of Michigan. The appeal would result in an emergency medical control meeting being called and the State of Michigan performing their own investigation into the suspension. If Fife Lake EMS is able to provide a schedule demonstrating continuous coverage for at least 90 days, the suspension would be immediately terminated. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at your convenience.

Robert L. Smith MD FACEP
Medical Director
Northwest Regional Medical Control Authority

As outlined in Dr. Smith's above letter to our EMS/Ambulance Chairperson, on Monday, August 24, 2020, the Fife Lake-Springfield Township EMS/Ambulance operations will be out of service. 
During this time, our mutual aid partners will be responding to our ambulance calls. They are Kalkaska County EMS, Paradise Township EMS and Blair Township EMS.
As of Wednesday, August 26, 2020, Kalkaska County EMS will supply one of their ambulances to be at our station from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This does not include a paramedic, that will continue to be via intercepts. During the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m., services will be by our mutual aid partners.
We are in the process of working on a contract with Kalkaska County EMS to supply ambulance services on a 24/7 basis which includes a paramedic. They will be located at our current EMS/ambulance station.
This was voted on unanimously by the Fife Lake Township board and the Springfield Township board on August 6, 2020, at a special joint meeting of the two boards.


Fife Lake Area EMS is a Basic Life Support (BLS) Agency that provides emergency medical services to community members in Springfield Township (Kalkaska County), Fife Lake Township, and a major portion of Union Township.

Our roster of highly trained personnel includes 4 full-time employees and 8 volunteer “pool position” employees.

2 employees are staffed at the station 7 days a week with the following shifts:

Monday – Friday: 7:00 am to 7:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 am to 6:00 PM

After hours shifts are volunteer, available to any members on the roster.

Fife Lake Area EMS handles approximately 300 emergency calls per year.

Calls for service are received and dispatched by Grand Traverse County Central Dispatch using the CAD Priority Medical dispatch system. EMS members receive calls by pager via two-way radio communication.

The unit operates special medical programs and uses ALS agencies on an intercept basis.



                      2013 Ford / Road Rescue Ambulance (6A)                                                         

                      2006 Chevrolet / Lifeline ambulance (6A2)

On top of the basic medical supplies needed, our ambulances are equipped with: 

                    STRYKER cots, 1 per ambulance

                    STRYKER stair chairs, 1 per ambulance

                    Electronic reporting capabilities via Panasonic Tough Book laptop computers and wireless printers mounted in each truck, using IMAGE TREND software and reporting/storage system.

The “primary” ambulance is also equipped with a Lucas 2 CPR machine and a ReadyLink 12 lead ECG.



(As of September 2016)

Flat Rate         $900.00

Mileage           $25.00 per “loaded” mile*

*Loaded mile applies to any mileage traveled with a patient in the EMS unit



~ A maze of lakes and streams that provide year round outdoor recreation opportunities.

~  A vast area of public land for snowmobiles, ATV trails, and foot trails.

~  A system of major state and federal highways bringing tourism to our area continuously.



Fife Lake Area EMS is operated by the Fife Lake Area Ambulance Authority, made up of Springfield Township (Kalkaska County) and Fife Lake Township (Grand Traverse County) via a local intergovernmental agreement between the two entities. The Ambulance Authority Board consists of 2 members from each township board that meet monthly to conduct the business of the EMS unit. Each township operates jointly with voter supported millages for the operational costs of the agency.

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