Former MI Fire Department Critical Response Unit Transferred to Local Sheriff’s Department

The former Shepherd (MI) Tri-Township Fire Department Mobile Medical Response ambulance is now a part of the Isabella County (MI) Sheriff's Office.

According to a report from The Morning Sun, the Isabella County (MI) Sheriff’s Office now features a new vehicle for responding to major incidents, all thanks to the Shepherd (MI) Tri-Township Fire Department (STTFD).

Several months back, a member of Isabella County’s dive team, who is also a STTFD firefighter, approached Sheriff Michael Main about a truck that the STTFD was going to retire; he told Main that the old, donated Mobile Medical Response ambulance might make a good vehicle for the dive team.

A discussion then followed between Main and the STTFD’s board, consisting of members from Shepherd, Coe, Lincoln, and Wise townships. In September 2020, the board voted to donate the truck to the sheriff’s office for use as a dive team vehicle.

Once in his possession, Main started cleaning it out, and he saw that the ambulance had a lot more potential. It came complete with climate control, an on-board generator, lights, ample storage room, and even a small desk.

The vehicle was also well maintained and ran great, so Main expanded its scope to be used as a critical response unit. In addition to incidents requiring the dive team, they also plan to use it for accident reconstruction, evidence gathering, and any other major incidents.

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