Southwestern Michigan Community Ambulance Service (also known as SMCAS – pronounced smă’-cŭs) is a municipally owned and operated Advanced Life Support ambulance service which serves the greater Niles and Buchanan area in southwest Michigan. SMCAS has been proudly providing emergency medical care to any and all that is in need for over 35 years.
SMCAS provides emergency ambulance coverage to Niles City, Buchanan City, Niles Township, Buchanan Township, and Bertrand Township in Berrien County as well as Howard Township and part of Pokagon Township in Cass County. We provide emergency medical response of the highest pre-hospital level to over 45,000 residents and approximately 275 square miles. We also provide ambulatory, wheelchair, emergent and non-emergent medical transfers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our primary base of operations is strategically located at 2100 Chicago, Rd in Niles, MI to provide fast and effective emergency response to all surrounding areas and we are able to respond to the majority of our area within 8 minutes and 12 minutes to the outlying areas from our primary base. We provide 2 ALS ambulances 24/7 with an additional ALS ambulance from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. During the day the third ambulance is stationed in Buchanan at Buchanan Twp. Fire Department during peak times to minimize response times. We are also able to staff additional ambulances (up to 6) and emergency response vehicles if the need arises.
In addition to fully staffed ambulances, SMCAS also has a licensed ALS non-transporting Ford Expedition, an off-road 6×4 John Deere Gator, and a 20 foot MCI (Mass Casualty Incident) Trailer. For ambulatory and wheelchair patients needing transport for doctor appointments or for any other reason, SMCAS has a wheelchair van to provide this service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Through mutual aide agreements SMCAS also is willing to assist in medical responses to neighboring communities and to regional/national disaster events if the needs arise but our primary responsibility is to the emergencies within our own coverage area. We also provide standbys at area events including:
Local Fire Department trainings/fires/rescues
Local/State Police Department exercises/operations
Local high school sports events
Redbud Track and Trail motocross races, including the Fourth of July Nationals
Apple Festival at the Niles fairgrounds
River Festival at the River Front Park in Niles
Buchanan Days events
National Night Out in Buchanan
Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs
And any other event where the potential for illness or injury may be increased.