Put-in-Bay EMS Serves with Professional Resolve

Put in Bay EMS

“I have your health at heart!”–Patrick Rogers

Put-in-Bay EMS serves a unique and remote island community with professional expertise and resources one would expect to find on the mainland.  Established in Put in Bay EMS1977, the service operates under the guidance of full-time Manager Patrick Rogers and Assistant Manager Bernice Walton.  There are nine EMT Basic volunteers; members ten and eleven will finish the required 150 hours of EMT School in the near future.  Put-in-Bay Township also funds paramedics and EMT’s who rotate through a dedicated duty schedule.  The station’s connection to Mercy Health–Saint Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, provides the professional backing of a complete medical system.


EMS Put in BayPut-in-Bay EMS, on call 24/7, 365 days per year, runs two trucks May through October on weekends at Put-in-Bay.   Middle Bass Island has an EMS truck on Thursday through Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Calls for assistance should be made via 911, said Mr. Rogers emphatically.  When asked about guidelines for when to call or not call EMS, Mr. Rogers answered, “If you feel you need us, do not hesitate to call.  We will find ways to aid you.  Our community does not inconvenience us!”


Put-in-Bay EMS is an emergency service, but the operation also offers a clinic.  The clinic draws blood on doctor’s orders on Thursday mornings from 8-8:30am.  The vials are shipped to Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton for analysis.  Vital signs are also read by Rescue Squad truckthe clinic.  Due to a recent change in Ohio law, EMT’s can make house calls for initial medical assessments. Tele-medicine is already in use.  Mr. Rogers anticipates full-scale Community Paramedicine to be a reality in the not-to-distant future.  Since Ohio state law governs and limits the EMS “scope of practice,” the clinic does not stock antibiotics or long-term care medicine; only emergency medication is on hand.  This mandates that EMS staff apply strong critical thinking skills.  “Our primary decision is how to get you what you need and where you need to go,” reports Mr. Rogers.


Put in Bay EMSEMS Put in BayIn addition to dedicated staff, professional resources make outstanding emergency treatment possible at Put-in-Bay.  For example, a state-of-the-art communications system; access to USCG assistance via Marblehead Station; Sandusky Fire Department Dive Team; St. Vincent Hospital and Cleveland’s Metro Health System Life Flight; and Put-in-Bay Police and Fire Departments.  Put-in-Bay EMS maintains excellent work relationships with each of the above.  Emergency communications rely on an 800 digital network, UHF primary, and digital MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communication System).

Emergency Medical ServiceFinally, one area in which Mr. Rogers asks for community support is the placement of address signs.  Currently, less than 50% of the island community has posted address signs.  These assist first-responders and reduce response time to emergency locations.  “To get us to you is a huge goal,” says Mr. Rogers.  Put-in-Bay EMS can provide address signs.  Call 419.285.2401 for information.

New Week, New Weather

National Weather Service >956 PM EST Sat Feb 9 2019 (edited)
Put-in-Bay’s next weather system will be a mid level disturbance moving along the westerly flow . . . light snow from southwest to northeast Sunday afternoon and evening. There will be pockets of moderate snow at times where visibilities may drop briefly to 1/2 to 1 mile.  Temperatures will be near or just slightly below freezing when this snow event moves in Sunday afternoon. Overall accumulations expected will average 1 to 2 inches.

AmeriCorps Environmental Internship Available

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyThe Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Put-in-Bay Township Park District, and the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center desire to hire an AmeriCorps Environmental Steward Intern for the summer of 2019.  The internship is a ten week program working a minimum of 30 hours per week. Interns are provided a small stipend biweekly and a Segal Educational Award at the completion of the internship–to be used for qualified student loans or tuition. The intern will work on projects like trail maintenance, invasive plant management, grant writing, design of signs and brochures, social media, wildlife and plant surveys, nest box monitoring, etc. for the Conservancy and the PIBTPD depending on the skill set of the intern.

environemtnal stewardshipFor the LEINWC, the Environmental Steward Intern  can assist with tours, Wild Tuesday, Nature Camp, native wildlife and our pollinator exhibits, community events and outreach, and monitoring the phenology garden and pollinator gardens. Applicants must be at least 17 years old. Preference is given to university students, but a high school education is all that is required to use the education award. It is necessary to have island housing.

If interested, contact Lisa Brohl at leiconservancy@gmail.com or 419-366-2087. To take a look at the Environmental Steward program, go to their website at www.environmentalstewards.org

Donations toward the expense of the AmeriCorps intern are welcome. If you are interested in donating, contact Lisa Brohl at 419-366-2087 or send a check to LEIC, P.O. Box 461, Put-in-Bay, Ohio  43456.  Write AmeriCorps intern on the memo line. One can also use  PayPal at www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org –designate for the AmeriCorps intern program.