WOODTV 8 (Portage, MI) — Big changes came to ambulance service in Portage and neighboring Comstock and Texas townships as they replaced Pride Care with Life EMS effective Thursday.

Portage Public Safety Chief Nick Armold said Pride Care ambulance has covered Portage’s less serious medical calls since 2013. But in recent years, it has struggled with staffing, forcing Portage at times to have more medically trained firefighters on duty, which is not normal protocol.