The Lapeer County Emergency Medical Services (LCEMS) Authority was established on July 1, 1997 by the merging of three local municipality owned ambulance services, Lapeer Area Ambulance Service, Imlay City Department of Public Safety and North Branch Area Ambulance Service.
Lapeer Area Ambulance Service and Imlay City Department of Public Safety were started in 1969 with North Branch Area Ambulance following in 1977. All three services started following the closing of funeral home run ambulance services in their respective areas.
In the beginning, all three agencies were staffed by volunteer (non-paid) staff members who received little or no pay for their time and commitment. As time passed, it became harder and harder for the agencies to keep and maintain volunteer staff. The number of volunteer members slowly dwindled which resulted in the services having to look elsewhere for personnel and financial assistance. By the mid nineteen nineties, it became evident that something had to be done to assure ambulance coverage in Lapeer County, hence the formation of Lapeer County EMS. Many areas of Lapeer County are sparsely populated it was difficult to provide medical service to these areas. Some Townships helped by supporting the ambulance service with a per-capita assessment and others Townships reaped the benefit provided by the Townships that financially supported LCEMS. As the years went the costs involved in providing pre-hospital emergency medical service have steadily increased with minimal reimbursement increases from the health insurance companies. In November of 2016 LCEMS asked the residents of Lapeer County to help fund the continued operation and expansion of Lapeer County EMS through a county wide millage. The voters approved the millage and starting in January 1st, 2017 Lapeer County Residents transported by Lapeer County EMS have no put of pocket expenses for emergency ambulance service.
On September of 2017 as part of the millage and our plan for expansion plan LCEMS open a new ambulance station in Metamora Township. Our second new ambulance station will open in Goodland Township before the end of 2017.
What We Do
LCEMS provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week out of 6 stations. The stations are located in the City of Lapeer, City of Imlay City, Village of North Branch, Mayfield Township, Elba Township and Metamora Township.
LCEMS employs 50 full time and 42 part time personnel. LCEMS responds to over 5000 calls per year caring for the sick and injured of Lapeer County.
LCEMS proudly serves the following townships and municipalities: Arcadia Township, Attica Township, City of Imlay City, Deerfield Township, Dryden Township, Village of Dryden, Elba Township, Goodland Township, Hadley Township, Imlay Township, Lapeer Township, Mayfield Township, Metamora Township, Village of Metamora, Village of North Branch, North Branch Township and Oregon Township.
Along with providing patient transportation, LCEMS provides community education classes and programs at little or no charge. Some of the classes and programs provided by LCEMS include CPR, first aid, Emergency Medical Technician training, EMS continuing education classes, safety and injury prevention and school education programs.
LCEMS is committed to meeting the emergency and non-emergency medical transportation needs in Lapeer County today and in the future.
Do You Need An Ambulance
For scheduling, non-emergency transportation for:
- A scheduled outpatient visit – dialysis treatments, radiation or chemotherapy treatments
- Regular or reoccurring appointments
If the answer is yes, we may be able to help. Simply call our billing specialists. We can provide:
- In home or facility interview to help the patient and their family members with helpful and supportive information on the best options available for transportation needs.
- Explain all requirements to meet the industry standards for medical necessity by use of an approved Physicians Certification Statement (PCS).
Our billing specialists are very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have (810) 664-1499 or stop by or call our office.