Grants Awarded to Purchase Rapid Response Vehicle

The Beaver Island Emergency Services Authority (BIESA) provides fire and rescue operations as well as an emergency medical service and medical evacuations for the Beaver Island community in northern Lake Michigan. Beaver Island is the most remote, inhabited island in the Great Lakes.

The BIESA purchased a state-of-the-art Rapid Response Vehicle to enable paramedics to efficiently respond to 911 calls to serve island residents. The vehicle is outfitted with the required lights and radio communication to align with Charlevoix Central Dispatch and warning equipment as required by the State of Michigan. Funding partners include the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F).

Brian Meade, the Executive Director of Beaver Island Emergency Medical Services, made the announcement and added that, “Delivering emergency medical services on a sparsely populated and geographically remote island is difficult. Our ability to quickly respond to medical emergencies is critical. The benefits of a rapid response vehicle with a paramedic include fast intervention for time sensitive medical emergencies. Beaver Island is fortunate to receive financial support from these two funding partners to make this purchase possible.”

Maureen Radke, Program Officer for (C3F) added, “We are pleased at this opportunity to partner with the BIESA to help improve medical response efforts. The island is fortunate to have capable leadership and trained paramedics to serve the medical needs of the community. Credit is given to the BIESA board and staff for their continuing efforts to improve this important community service.”

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County by building permanent endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership resources to serve the community. More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at www.c3f.org or by calling 231-536-2440.

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians allocates 2% of the gaming revenue twice annually. Beginning in 1994, they have awarded more than $29 million to local organizations.

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