Our History

MAFFA Coverage Area MapThe Marshall Area Fire Fighters Ambulance Authority has a long history of service to the community. The Marshall Firefighters Ambulance Service (MFFAS) was formed in 1980 by the Marshall Firefighters Association as a private non-profit organization providing Ambulance Services to the City of Marshall and the surrounding Townships. Initially, the Ambulances were staffed with Part time and volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians.

In 1992, MFFAS began providing Advanced Life Support (Paramedic Level Service) to the community. Around the same time, the service also changed to a personnel mix including full time and part time employees.

In April of 2004, the Marshall Area Fire Fighters Ambulance Authority (MAFFAA) was formed by the Nine Townships and the City of Marshall under Public Act 57 of 1988. This Public Act allows local governments to band together to provide Emergency Services to their community. By creating the Ambulance Authority, the City of Marshall and surrounding Townships insured ambulance operations provided by the Authority would have both local control and accountability to the citizens we serve. In addition, the Authority placed a millage request on the ballot for ½ Mill property tax. The residents of the Authority area approved the Millage for Ambulance operations on August 3, 2004. This millage request was renewed by the residents of the Authority area in 2013. 

Currently, the Ambulance Authority covers 324 square miles of central Calhoun County (see coverage area map) and serves 23,217 citizens (2000 census).

MAFFAA also serves the educational needs of local healthcare providers and the community through a variety of mechanisms:

  • Personnel serving as Instructor / Coordinators are able to provide continuing education sessions meeting the needs of local emergency responders in maintaining the knowledge and skills required for licensing renewals.
  • American Heart Association Instructors employed by MAFFAA provide training in CPR and First Aid to the general public, and also provide advanced AHA courses to local healthcare personnel.  








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