Life Care donates ambulance to benefit Glen Oaks students in emergency medical training classes

Glen Oaks Community College now has an ambulance on site that will assist students in emergency training, thanks to a donation from LifeCare Ambulance Service of Battle Creek, Michigan.

“The college recently partnered with Michiana Healthcare to offer the Medical First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician courses beginning in January,” said Dr. David Devier, Glen Oaks president. “The ambulance will provide these students with a realistic simulation of what it is like to work in emergency situations.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to help emergency medical service training sites in Southwest Michigan that have a need,” said Steve Frisbie, director of operations for LifeCare. “We met with college officials earlier this year, and we are pleased to see that we could work together on this project.”

“The 2006 Ford Diesel Cutaway van has been refurbished a couple of times,” said Frisbie. “It isn’t feasible four our use; however, it mirrors our fleet, so the student experience should replicate what it is like to work inside an ambulance. It’s important for students to have the hands-on training so that they are better prepared when they hire into EMT and MFR jobs.”

“The Glen Oaks site is important to us,” said Frisbie. “We hope to hire new employees as they enter the job market.”

LifeCare Ambulance Service provides community-based, mobile health care for residents and visitors affected by accidents, incidents or illness. It services 1,400 square miles in Southwest Michigan.