ALPENA, Mich.— Local fire department staff and community members attended Wednesday’s informational meeting to learn more about the ambulance millage. The Alpena County Emergency Medicine Service department is requesting a new millage amount of 1.5 mil to cover medical expenses and maintain first responder operations.
The new millage would be in place for 4 years and would also allow the county paramedic unit to replace ambulance trucks and provide educational programs for new volunteers. Since the first established millage over 40 years ago, ambulance costs have increased as well as the county’s coverage area.
According to Fire Chief Bill Forbush, all Alpena County emergency patients including Alpena Township residents are treated and transported by Alpena County paramedics.