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National Intro of our Second-Generation Safety Innovation Vehicle

Take a peek at one of our future ambulances just unveiled at our industry's premiere national ambulance convention and trade show in Las Vegas in which we unveiled a second generation safety innovation vehicle featuring a new interior design dedicated to improving the patient experience.

Highlights include:

  • Soft interior colors – lavender, blue and burgundy
  • Ambient lighting, Recessed lights
  • Artwork

A special thank you to Kalamazoo, Mich.-based SKP Design which was hired to create the more soothing and relaxing environment for patients. The new concept vehicle will make its Michigan debut in Kalamazoo early next year.

See what some local, state and national trade media are saying about Life EMS Ambulance's new safety concept vehicle:


Rachel Melville | Rapid Growth

Thursday, Nov. 10 marked the dedication of the first EMT class to career program at Central High School. The participating students are seniors who demonstrated, while wearing full uniform, the skills they have learned from the program. The program occupies their last class of the day, plus one additional hour after school. When asked if they felt that the extra hour was worth the sacrifice of free time, student Jackie William responded that it was tough at first, "but I realized I needed the skills for my healthcare career." Read the full story at


Matt Gade | The Grand Rapids Press

Jobria Libbett (left) takes the blood pressure of Amber Montgomery as part of an EMT class for seniors through the
Grand Rapids School of Health, Science and Technology. It's a partnership with Life EMS Ambulance and Spectrum
Hospital. Click here to read the full story on 



A consultancy firm based out of Washington D.C. visits Life EMS Ambulance in Kalamazoo to research ambulance safety
and patient ergonomics. During the visit, Erik Olsen(Left), field supervisor, Life EMS Ambulance, and Brian Bell (Right),
paramedic field trainer, Life EMS Ambulance, perform ten simulated emergency scenarios on SimMan, a 3-G
wireless mannequin, inside Life EMS Ambulance’s new, state-of-the-art, safety concept vehicle.

Life EMS Ambulance’s safety concept vehicle reflects the ambulance industry’s first significant interior change in
the way paramedics interact with patients during emergency transport, including a new seating layout and
ergonomically enhanced equipment placement.

SimMan is a 3-G wireless mannequin that reproduces a range of medical conditions and records quantifiable,
life-saving procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), the administration of medication and bag-valve
oxygen mask ventilations.


Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press

Marv Raap, left, talks on the phone 9:25 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Raap is a paramedic and filed
supervisor for Life EMS Ambulance. (Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press) Click here to view this photo on



Corey Morse | The Grand Rapids Press

Job well done - Marv Raap, left, and Kip Monteith, fist bump each other 9:41 p.m. inside an ambulance during a
particularly busy night in Grand Rapids. Raap is a paramedic and field supervisor for Life EMS Ambulance. Monteith is an
emergency medical technician. "Our patients come first," Raap said. (Cory Morse | The Grand Press) Click here to view
this photo on



Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press

Marv Raap, right, helps a man at 10:00 p.m. who said he had suffered a seizure in Grand Rapids. Raap is a paramedic
and field supervisor for Life EMS Ambulance. The man was taken to Butterworth Hospital.
(Cory Morese | The Grand Rapids Press) Click here to view this photo on



Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press

Kip Monteith, left, and Marv Raap eat McDonald's 10:47 p.m. inside their ambulance while waiting for a call in
Grand Rapids. Raap is a paramedic and field supervisor for Life EMS Ambulance. Monteith is an emergency medical
technician. (Cory Morse | The Grand Rapids Press) Click here to view this photo on



As part of the recertification process for licensed paramedics, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell
performs intubation, an advanced airway procedure, on a special training mannequin at the
Life EMS Ambulance Centre's North St. facility in Kalamazoo. Mayor Hopewell originally earned his
paramedic license in 1987 and was a member of the Life EMS Ambulance team for nearly eight years.
Click here to



Life EMS Ambulance paramedics Jessica Stroven, Sindy Anderson and Croton first responders Deb Wright,
Dave Middaugh and Jessica Middaugh prepared Ashley Atwood, baby Isabella Kristine Ball and her father,
Ryan Ball, to Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial after Isabella's early morning arrival at her home near Hardy Dam.  
- Times Indicator Staff


Corey Morse | The Grand Rapids Press

Mark D. Meijer, president of Life EMS Ambulance, left, and Dustin Gill, principal of Grand Rapids School of
Health, Science and Technology, sit in the back of an ambulance in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Public Schools
will offer an emergency medical technician course with Life EMS Ambulance. "Kids can leave high school ready
to work (as emergency medical technicians)," Gill Said.
To read the full story on, click here.


Photo by: John A. Lacko | Kalamazoo Gazette

Andrew Pridgeon, 11 of Portage with help of Portage Fireman Rob Farell sprays Luis Tero, 10 of Kalamazoo during
Camp 911. Each summer, Life EMS Ambulance sponsors multiple Camp 911s to provide kids with the knowledge, skills
and confidence to protect themselves and react safely in emergency situations.




Congressman Fred Upton, Life EMS Ambulance President Mark Meijer and Kalamazoo
Operations Supervisor Brian Scribner observe the state-of-the-art technology in
operation at Life EMS Ambulance’s Kalamazoo facility, 517 E. North St. The monitor
allows Life EMS Ambulance to observe a real-time map of their ambulance fleet
throughout the company’s coverage area.



Mark Meijer, president of Life EMS Ambulance, presents Congressman Fred Upton
(R-MI) with the American Ambulance Association’s (AAA) 2011 Legislator of the Year
award at Life EMS’s Ambulance’s Kalamazoo, Mich. facility. The recently expanded,
LEED-certified, full-service station is located in Michigan’s Sixth Congressional District
at 517 E. North St. Meijer is a member of the AAA board.

The Legislator of the Year Award is the highest award the AAA bestows on a member of
Congress. Congressman Upton has worked to ensure that ambulance services
agencies in Michigan and around the country have the resources necessary to continue
to provide critical emergency and non-emergency ambulance services. Specifically,
during the last Congress, Congressman Upton sponsored, with Congressman Richard
Neal of Massachusetts, the Medicare Ambulance Access Preservation Act and was
instrumental in ensuring that temporary Medicare ambulance relief was included in the
Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act. The Medicare Ambulance Access Preservationct would provide five years of increased Medicare funding for ambulance services.


T.J. Hamilton photos | The Grand Rapids Press

Read the full story on Mari Golub, retiring after 30-plus years, gave paramedics a good name
For more than 30 years, Mari Golub served her community as an emergency responder as well as teacher, mentor,
volunteer, coordinator, liaison and problem-solver. Golub has been a zealot for pre-hospital care by teaching students,
creating objectives on testing and helping with regulatory standards.


City officials join Life EMS’ leadership in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the dedication ceremony of Michigan’s first
LEED-certified EMS facility.

(From left to right) Life EMS Ambulance’s President, Mark Meijer; Maddie Jordan-Woods, Executive Director for
The North Side Association for Community Development; Peggy Dale, Level II Paramedic for Life EMS Ambulance;
Life EMS Ambulance’s Vice President, Ken Morris; Mayor of Kalamazoo Bobby Hopewell; Libby Heiny-Cogswell,
Oshtemo Township Supervisor; Brian Scribner,Director of Southern Operations for Life EMS Ambulance;
and Chief Operating Officer of CSM Group Mark Roys.

Speakers at the dedication ceremony included Mayor of Kalamazoo Bobby Hopewell;
President of Life EMS Ambulance Mark Meijer; and Director of Southern Operations for Life EMS Ambulance
Brian Scribner. 

Life EMS Ambulance continues growth in Ionia County

Life EMS Ambulance officials and local dignitaries broke ground on a 3,070-square-foot, $300,000 station at
1050 James St. in Belding, Mich. on April 29. The new, dedicated, single-story facility will be located on 6.69 acres
in northeastern Ionia County. Pictured (from left to right) Mike VanGessel, CEO and president of
Rockford Construction; Mark Meijer, president of Life EMS Ambulance; Roger Wills, Mayor of Belding;
Randy DeBruine, Belding city manager; Dale Nelson, Belding chief of police and Jani Millard,
Director of Life EMS Ambulance’s Eastern Division.

The new Life EMS Belding station is strategically located to provide ambulance service to the more than
12,000 residents in Keene, Orleans and Otisco townships as well as the city of Belding. The station is part of an
overall ambulance service coverage plan for Ionia County which also includes the station at
350 West Washington Street in the city of Ionia. In all, Life EMS serves more than 3,500 square miles of
West Michigan, including Grand Rapids/Kent, Portage/Kalamazoo, Ottawa, Ionia, Newaygo, Lake, Mason
and Allegan counties.   




  Life EMS Ambulance medics stand by for the arrival of the President during a recent West Michigan visit. 




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