Life EMS announced Wednesday it will be expanding its "primary 911 emergency response area in Southwest Michigan to include Columbia Township in Van Buren County."

Life EMS says the expansion took effect on January 1. Columbia Township joins Pine Grove Township, Bloomingdale Township and the City of Gobles as part of the Van Buren County service area cared for by Life EMS Ambulance.

“The Columbia Township Board Feels that it is of utmost importance to provide high quality care to our residents when they become sick or injured, and Life EMS Ambulance has a top reputation for the quality of care they offer,“ said Linda Norton, Columbia Township Supervisor.  “We are excited to offer this level of service to our residents. “  - Life EMS release.