Our Educational Mission

Our mission is to cultivate a community of skilled and compassionate emergency medical professionals who are prepared to excel in the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare. We are committed to providing comprehensive, hands-on education that blends theoretical knowledge with practical experience, empowering our students to deliver prompt, effective, and empathetic care in times of crisis. Through innovative teaching methodologies, state-of-the-art resources, and a dedication to continuous improvement, we aim to produce graduates who possess exceptional clinical skills, embody the highest ethical standards, and uphold a deep commitment to serving their communities. Our mission is to inspire and shape future leaders, ensuring that they are well-equipped to make a meaningful impact on the well-being and safety of individuals not just on Beaver Island, but wherever their journey may take them.

Christopher McGee
Beaver Island EMS
Assistant EMS Director
MFR Program Director



Medical First Responder
Fall/Winter 2023

What is a Medical First Responder?

A Medical First Responder is a highly trained and dedicated healthcare professional who plays a critical role in providing immediate medical care and assistance in emergency situations. As the initial point of contact at the scene of an accident, medical crisis, or disaster, the Medical First Responder is equipped to assess and address medical needs swiftly and effectively. With a deep understanding of medical procedures, basic life support techniques, and emergency protocols, they are often the first to administer life-saving interventions and stabilize patients before more advanced medical care arrives.

Medical First Responders possess a diverse skill set that includes assessing patients’ vital signs, providing basic wound care, immobilizing injuries, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and utilizing automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Their ability to remain composed under pressure, communicate clearly with patients and bystanders, and work collaboratively with other emergency personnel is essential for successful outcomes in critical situations.

Furthermore, a Medical First Responder’s dedication to continuous training ensures they stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in emergency medical practices, enabling them to adapt to evolving situations and provide the best possible care. By combining medical expertise with compassion and quick decision-making, these professionals exemplify the front line of emergency response, embodying the values of service, courage, and a commitment to preserving life and well-being.

How much does it cost?

Beaver Island EMS has a yearly budget that enables us to offer free initial and ongoing education to both our staff and those interested in pursuing a career with Beaver Island EMS. The cost for the Fall/Winter 2023 Medical First Responder Program is FREE for eligible residents of the island. This covers the textbook, background check, drug screening, uniform shirt, test prep subscription, BLS CPR card fees, testing, and licensing fees.

What are the requirements?

  • Minimum age of 18 years at the time of graduation.
  • High school diploma or GED, unless currently enrolled in High School.
  • Physical and mental capability to perform EMS duties safely and effectively.
  • No drug use and a clean criminal history.
  • Valid State of Michigan Drivers license with no restrictions.
  • A resident of Beaver Island.

What can I do with the license once I graduate?

Once a student successfully passes the course and completes the steps to gain official licensure, they will not only be licensed to work on Beaver Island but also throughout the State of Michigan. Beaver Island EMS will also create an eligibility list of island-based Medical First Responders graduates who successfully complete the course. As scheduling needs arise Beaver Island EMS will utilize this roster to fill open pager shifts, pending an official offer of employment from Beaver Island EMS.



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