Emmet County EMS: Serving our communities and saving lives every day in Northern Michigan

The Emmet County EMS team

A message from Larry Hansen, EMS Director

I am pleased to announce that we are in our third month of operations with the new Emmet County EMS system. You can be assured the very best staff and equipment are on the road and available to respond to your emergencies.

Since Jan. 1, we have responded to more than 650 requests for an ambulance. January was a very busy month and tested the new system from day one when we responded to 17 calls, with everything going smoothly from the start.

The last two of our new ambulances are in the process of being stocked and inspected by the State of Michigan. We have selected high-quality Braun ambulances for their durability and their safety features for protecting both patient and crew. The most advanced medical equipment is in use every day inside these ambulances. Coupled with our experienced and caring staff, it is exciting to see the commitment the County has made to ensuring emergency medical care for our area’s citizens and visitors. The vision and commitment demonstrated by the Board of Commissioners and County officials has resulted in stability in emergency medical care services that will endure long-term.

We have four, two-person crews on the road and available every day, 24 hours a day. We have had to bring in extra crew members at times to help handle the high volume of runs we have had so far. There have been no delays in our response times and ambulances are arriving as quickly as possible. We have received comments from up in the northern part of the county that response times have improved, and responses to additional runs in the same vicinity (“second runs”) have been equally timely.

Our staff deserves much praise. They are truly the backbone of the emergency medical services team in our communities. It has been very rewarding to see the enthusiasm of the crews as we begin this new operation. Everyone has been asking for extra duties and volunteering to help in any way they can. I am proud of the staff that has been assembled.

Click here to read Hansen's full letter update on the EMS operations

View the underwater crucifix in Little Traverse Bay this Saturday, March 7


11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015

Nearly each year, if weather and ice conditions are right, visitors and residents can experience a unique opportunity out on the ice of Little Traverse Bay: Viewing the crucifix that lies under the water just offshore.

The underwater divers' shrine is submerged in 22 feet of water, and each year Emmet County Sheriff Dive Team member/officer Dennis Jessick clears the snow, cuts a hole in the ice above the crucifix, lights it from below and invites viewers to walk out and peer into the lake to observe this uniquely Petoskey symbol.

Submerged in its current location in 1986, the 11-foot crucifix is a site to behold. On the day of the viewing the shrine will be back lit with a big tent enclosing the hole cut through the ice so that guests may see the crucifix.

Park at Bayfront Park in Petoskey and walk out from the playground. (Ice is currently at a minimum of 4 feet thick),  Be sure to dress accordingly. This event is held weather permitting only - look for a red tent and a black tent out on the ice. No tent means conditions have been deemed not safe.

To read the history of the crucifix, click here!

2nd Annual Essence of Emmet History Awards announced!


Do you know a local historian deserving of recognition?
Regional history group announces 2015 recognition program for area achievers in historical preservation, promotion

Throughout Northwest Michigan, individuals, volunteers and organizations are protecting and preserving this region’s rich history in ways not often recognized by the public. But without these caretakers of our past, many stories that have defined this area of Michigan would be lost to the passage of time and memory.

To recognize these extraordinary efforts in protecting, preserving and sharing our history, the Essence of Emmet – a local collaborative of organizations and individuals sharing an interest in our history – has announced its second annual Essence of Emmet History Awards program.

To be eligible for the awards, the recipient(s) must be individuals and organizations dedicated to the preservation, presentation and promotion of the history and culture of Emmet County. (Individuals serving on the Essence of Emmet group are not eligible.)  Work or programs must have taken place in the last 18 months within Emmet County, though the nominated party does not need to be a resident of Emmet County.

“The Essence of Emmet group has been discovering a really vast network of people, organizations and groups in our communities who are doing fascinating, important work preserving the stories from the past,” said Phil Porter, Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks and an Essence of Emmet member.  “It was a real tribute to see the number of individuals nominated during our inaugural year in 2014 and we had a fun celebration tied to one of our history programs in the fall. We plan to do the same type of program this year in September.”

Complete award information, rules and eligibility and nomination forms are available by clicking here

Next Dark Sky Park program at the Headlands: 'Astronomy and the World's Religions' on March 20


ASTRONOMY & THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City
Date; Friday, March 20
Time: 7 to 9 p.m. snow, rain or shine! Free, no RSVP required
Location: Guest House at Headlands, 15675 Headlands Road

Ceremonial celebrations in nearly every culture around the world are rooted in the star knowledge of each culture's forebears, which is the reason so many religious observances happen around the times of Equinox and Solstice each year.

"Sunset, sunrise, Moon phases, even the rising and setting of certain stars have all been used to establish the celebration of the most holy throughout history," explained Headlands Program Director Mary Stewart Adams. "So at this evening's program, we will consider the question: How has the development of the science of Astronomy influenced these observances? And how can this help us understand different cultures around the world in our own time?"

Though not visible to us, there is a Total Solar Eclipse on this first day of Spring 2015. Its path across the Earth will start due south of Greenland, then sweep up over the Faroe Islands, to skip off the Earth at the North Pole.

For complete program details, click here.

'Essence of Emmet' history magazine, Part II, now available!


Essence of Emmet PART I          
Essence of Emmet PART II

The second in a four-part historical series covering the history of Emmet County, called the "Essence of Emmet" magazine, is available!

Part II covers the "Century of Change" in Emmet County, from 1813 to 1917. During this timeframe, the way of life in Northwest Michigan underwent drastic changes, from a mostly Native American population to the arrival of the French and ultimately the British. It was the era that saw the railroads arrive and with them, abundant tourism. Marketing of Emmet County began, and some of our "firsts" arrived -- the first doctor, the first architect, and many others. It also was the era that had tremendous impact on the lives of our Odawa residents, who were faced with assimilation, treaties to remain on their lands and pressures to change the only way of life they'd ever known.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the Essence of Emmet, contact its editor, Beth Anne Eckerle, at beckerle@emmetcounty.org, or call (231) 348-1704. The magazine series is produced by a collaborative of Emmet County historical organizations, with credentialed historians as writers and contributors.

Essence of Emmet editions: Part I was published in January 2014, covering pre-contact through 1812. Part III will publish in January 2016, covering 1918-1960; the final installment, Part IV, will be out in January 2017, covering 1961 through contemporary times.

New Visitors' Guide showcases the best of
Emmet County!



Take a look at Emmet County's highlights in our new mini visitors' guide, which will be available just after Jan. 1, 2015! In it, you'll enjoy the amenities and assets that make Emmet County the one of a kind place it is to work, live and play! And as you'll see and read through the pages, Quality of Life is Everything in Emmet County.

If you'd like a complimentary copy of the Emmet County Visitors' Guide, Imagine magazine, Essence of Emmet history magazine or other maps and brochures, contact Communications Director Beth Anne Eckerle at beckerle@emmetcounty.org or by calling (231) 348-1704.

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

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