Missaukee plans to re-align EMS

October 11, 2018

By John Raffel

The Missaukee Country Board of Commissioners finance committee recommended to the full board to approve an updated county EMS Policy and Procedure Manual.

Action was taken at the committee meeting on Oct. 4.

County administrator Precia Garland pointed out to the committee that with sheriff James Bosscher’s upcoming retirement, a realignment of the EMS department has been requested so its operation would come under county administration instead of the sheriff department.

“Previously, the sheriff had served as EMS director, and with this organization, the EMS coordinator has been promoted to EMS director,” Garland wrote in a memo to the finance committee. The EMS director will report to the County Administrator, consistent with other appointed county department heads.”

Garland noted that with the changes and complete review, an update of the county’s EMS policy and procedure manual was conducted.

“The manual addresses operating issues that are unique to the EMS department and will be revealed with all EMS staff to ensure consistent services. Employees will still fall under the Missaukee County Personnel Handbook regarding general terms of employment. Where policies in the EMS policy and procedure manual duplicated those in the Personnel Handbook, they were eliminated from the EMS Manual.”

Because EMS is now under county administration, the approval of the manual was requested, Garland said.

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