Aspirus MedEvac has announced they will provide ambulance and emergency medical services (EMS) coverage in Watersmeet, Michigan beginning Saturday, March 5 when residents call 911 and need patient transport.
Ambulance services for Watersmeet previously were provided by the Conover EMS.
Due to a contract dispute concerning an operating deficit, Watersmeet officials declined to renew the contract with Conover, effectively ending the service as of March 5.
To prevent a gap in the provision of potentially lifesaving services, Aspirus MedEvac will provide coverage from bases in Iron River and Crystal Falls.
Aspirus MedEvac offers service with Advanced Life Support capabilities and access to Aspirus Hospitals in Iron River, Ironwood and Ontonagon, Michigan, as well as Aspirus Wausau Hospital if specialty hospital care is needed.
Aspirus MedEvac currently has two EMS crews and ground units stationed in Iron River/Crystal Falls.
The new contract with Aspirus MedEvac is a partnership between Watersmeet and the Lac Vieux Desert tribe.