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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015:  Michigan Rural EMS Network Offers MiResCu (Michigan Resuscitation Consortium) Support Opportunity 

The application for the Round 2 MiResCu Community awards can be accessed here:

To have a printable application mailed to you, please email your request to

Applications are due Monday, November 2, 2015 at 5pm EST.
• Are you interested in increasing survival from cardiac arrest in your community?

• Have you ever wanted to know how effective your healthcare providers are at CPR?

• Have you always wondered where you area or agency falls with regard to cardiac saves/ROSC?

• Do you have an interest in conducting a community initiative that places AEDs and trains bystanders in first response to cardiac arrest?
Michigan Rural EMS Network has received federal funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy that, through its MiResCu initiative (, allows for various levels of support and assistance to Michigan communities. MiResCu (Michigan Resuscitation Consortium) can help you gather and analyze the data, provide access to AEDs, and training in High-Performance CPR (HP-CPR) that will provide the answers you need.

Level of Support: Various levels of support are available, and may even be provided free of charge to eligible communities. MiREMS will distribute AEDs and provide support based on grant criteria, need, and community readiness. Communities selected for a MiResCu Community Award will receive free training, data support, and AEDs. Other communities will have access to free technical assistance, discounted training, and use of training equipment.  Communities that prefer a limited amount of help, or do not meet eligibility guidelines, will be able to purchase training and materials at a reduced cost. 

Awards and Eligibility: Three award cycles will take place from 2015-2017. During this time a minimum of 30 communities will be selected for a MiResCu Community award (approximately 10 per cycle), and 24 additional communities will receive assistance through other support programs. Any government or nonprofit organizations can submit an application. The MiResCu Community concept is based on a system wide change initiative. Development of a collaborative community team is a requirement of the MiResCu Community Award, and is strongly encouraged for other levels of support.

Application Process: Apply by going to to access the online application. In the application, you will be asked to review the four levels of assistance and elect the option that best fits your community’s need, readiness, and level of commitment. The deadline for applications is Monday, November 2, 2015. Awards will be determined by December 1, 2015, and will be presented at the 2015 EMS Summit in Frankenmuth, MI on February 20, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Mark Becmer: or (231) 350-3447.

FEBRUARY 2015:  10 Communities Awarded Grants for MiResCu High-Performance CPR Training Initiative

In January 2015, the Michigan Rural EMS Network received fifteen eligible applications for assistance.  An objective review panel assessed community need, readiness, and available resources to determine awards.  Awards will benefit approximately 510,000 rural residents.  The following communities will be presented with their awards at a luncheon on February 27, 2015 at the EMS Summit held at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, MI. 

•          Oceana County, Oceana County EMS
•          Menominee County, MidCounty Rescue 114, Inc.
•          Northern Michigan MCA
•          Alger County
•          Northwest Regional MCA
•          Tuscola County, Mobile Medical Response (MMR)
•          Plainfield Township, Plainfield Township Fire Department
•          Gladwin County, MidMichigan EMS
•          Northeast MI MCA
•          Missaukee County, Missaukee County EMS
The support provided through the awards will include High-Performance CPR (HP-CPR) Trainer Certification, HP-CPR provider courses, AED placement and registries, training for dispatch and law enforcement, and support for community education and events.  A variety of technical assistance in developing a community team, implementing system change, establishing a cardiac registry, and evaluating the impact on cardiac arrest survival rates will also be provided.  Communities will kick off their initiative through training at the first annual Michigan Resuscitation Academy to be held on March 20, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant. Two additional award cycles are planned.  For information about this initiative contact Mark Becmer, MiResCu Community Outreach Coordinator at and (231) 350-3447 or Vincent Schwartz, MiResCu Training Coordinator at and (810) 844-1446.  For information about other rural EMS programs and initiatives, contact
HRSA Rural AED Grant: Federal funding provides 100% of program costs, or $150,000 per year.
HRSA Network Development Grant: Federal funding provides 80% of total program costs, or $300,000 per year.
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