The members and past members at Johnson Lake EMS are very proud of our history. We began with virtually next to nothing! Over the years, we have grown and developed into what is now a very caring, helpful, educated group of individuals with multiple backgrounds and experiences who are dedicated to volunteering and giving back to the community!
Johnson Lake EMS began by receiving a grant from the State of Nebraska for 25 people to begin training, as First Responders, in January 1980. While in training, those 25 people volunteered themselves and their time to find ways to fund the future Johnson Lake EMS unit. Several individuals went door-to-door asking for donations, while others sold tickets to raffle off a vehicle. Others contacted the media and informed the public of their new service coming to Johnson Lake. By May 1980, (only 4 months later), they had raised $15,000, with which they were able to purchase communication radios and medical equipment. They went on to graduate from First Responder class and began volunteering as Johnson Lake EMS, dedicated to the sick and injured of Johnson Lake, NE.
Johnson Lake EMS now has 16 active members. We serve Johnson Lake and the surrounding areas. We respond to 911 calls and provide emergency care for those in need. Our unit is a first response equipment transport vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with a multitude of emergency medical supplies. We respond with this unit as well as our own personal vehicles, depending upon our location at the time of the call. Members carry a ‘jump bag’ in their vehicles with with equipment necessary to handle emergency medical situations. Lexington and Elwood Rescue supply mutual aid to Johnson Lake EMS in the care and transport of patients to Lexington Regional Hospital in Lexington.