Cities and townships will be able to make grants to first responders, just as they’ve done in the past with hospitals.
Effective Aug. 1, 2012, a new law will allow local governments to make grants to emergency medical services agencies that serve their communities. The grants will need to be authorized by the local town board or city council.
Under current statute, qualifying EMS agencies include any “agency, entity, or organization that employs or uses emergency medical services persons as employees or volunteers.”
Rep. Carolyn McElfatrick (R-Deer River) and Sen. Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids) are the sponsors.