2017-07-20 / News

No Medical First Responders in Hendricks or Hudson Townships

By Stephen King

Hendricks and Hudson townships have suspended their medical first responders service, owing to a shortage of trained emergency services people in that area. Some key people from the Hendricks Township service announced they would be leaving June 28, and the township voluntarily suspended its own license to provide the service shortly thereafter. Hudson Township operates under Hendricks’ license, so it will also not send out medical first responders.

Hudson Township Supervisor Al Garavaglia said he will contact the Luce County Ambulance Corps to see if Hudson can operate under their license, but no firm plans are in place.

Howard Hood, Hendricks Township supervisor, said, “We are working on the problem. At this time we have people taking classes and hope to rebuild our Ambulance Corps.”

Mackinac County 911 Coordinator Mark Wilk said, “It is very unfortunate that Hendricks Township had to surrender their license, but they are training people now and hopefully by the end of the year they will be fully staffed and operational again. This is really important to the people of those townships.”

Neither township actually operates their own ambulance service and both are contracted with other areas for that service. Medical first responders are those who are licensed to be first on the scene and give aid. Neither township is actually allowed to transport victims.

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