Medic 1 Ambulance is an industry leading ambulance service, located in beautiful southwest Michigan. We provide primary 911 services to 20 municipalities across Berrien and VanBuren County as well as ALS and Critical Care transport across the region.
Operating off a mixed ALS / BLS fleet we operate on multiple shift including 8, 12 and 24 hour staffing models, with a dynamic relocation plan to insure response time standards are met.
Medic 1 also operates WheelChair Express, a non-medical transport service for those who need the assistance of a wheel chair to get around. We have 8 large vans equipped with lifts for pre-scheduled, non-emergency transports.
In order to insure we maintain the highest standards in the industry, Medic 1 has worked to become nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Additionally our education department in an accredited education program through the Committee on Accreditation
of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).
Our Mission is to provide the highest quality emergency and non-emergency medical treatment and transportation to the communities we serve while promoting community involvement, individual employee growth and fiscal responsibility.
Member municipalities: Baroda Township, Benton Township, Berrien Township, City of Benton Harbor, City of Bridgman, City of Hartford, City of St. Joseph, City of Watervliet, Hartford Township, Lake Township, Lincoln Township, Oronoko Township, Royalton Township, Sodus Township, St. Joseph Township, Village of Berrien Springs, and Watervliet Township.
Contract areas: City of New Buffalo, New Buffalo Township, Chikaming Township and Weesaw Township.
Community Emergency Service, Inc came into existence May 5, 1975; the cooperation was made up of both local and municipal leaders within Berrien County. Community Emergency Services, Inc at that time helped to provide local tax support dollars to Action Ambulance for two years and then later provided that same tax support to Rampart Ambulance, as Action Ambulance went out of business. Both of these services were in business at the time and were both private agencies struggling to make payroll and ends meet.
Community Emergency Service, Inc had a plan; instead of helping these struggling private services to provide service and still barley getting by. They decided to start a publicly municipally owned service. Medic 1 Ambulance was born out of this frustration of these local leaders with the then current ambulance services. Community Emergency Services, Inc established its DBA (doing Business As) Medic 1 Ambulance. Medic 1 Ambulance ran its first call on February 24, 1977 with a small handful of employee’s and two new ambulances covering ten cities and townships; Medic ran a total of 3,797 calls that first year.
In September of 1979, Medic 1 Ambulance rolled out it’s and the Counties very first ALS unit. During 1980 the very first full year of ALS Medic 1 Ambulance had received 5,550 calls for service and 370 of those calls received ALS intervention. By the mid 80’s Medic 1 Ambulance had gone to an all ALS system.
Medic 1 Ambulance over it’s brief history has gone from only one station for ambulances covering a small handful of municipalities providing only basic life support, to what are now five stations with a fleet of vehicles covering twenty cities and townships within Berrien and Van Buren Counties with more than eighty employees providing Advanced Life Support with state of the art equipment, a wheelchair transport service, a full time Dispatch center and a full time Education Department.
Medic 1 Ambulance in its humble beginnings ran only those 3,797 to what is to date responding to more than an average of 29,000 requests for service.