Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) understands the importance of keeping our community safe, especially around the water. ERMC is proud to partner with the Rotary Club of Eaton Rapids to aid in preventing river tragedies from happening in and around Eaton Rapids. Injury prevention is a part of the focus of the Level IV trauma program at ERMC.
A grant was received from the Bureau of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness (BETP), which is a part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The Bureau serves to better protect the health and well-being of Michigan citizens through the administration and continuous improvement of emergency medical services, trauma system, as well as all-hazards preparedness planning and response. The grant received from BETP helped to fund the purchase of 13 life rings and other necessary items to place at the river’s edge.
The life rings, stored inside a life ring cabinet, are full-sized and attached to a post by 60 feet of rope. They are designed to be used to help a person that needs aid either in the water or on ice. The rescuer will be able to toss the life ring out to someone struggling and immediately call 911. It is advised that the rescuer never goes into the water since it is a natural instinct for the person in distress to climb up anything they can.
Thank you to the team from ERMC and the Rotary Club of Eaton Rapids for their hard work to install the life rings and save lives.