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Replacement EMS station on track for bids

Becky Campbell • Jan 11, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Architectural plans for a replacement EMS station were being finalized and the project will be opened for bids by the end of the month, according to Washington County/Johnson City EMS Chief Dan Wheeley.

“It’s been through all the county committees and the resolution has passed,” Wheeley said. “We’ll probably bid that out in the next couple of weeks. The land has been leased to us for 30 years. As far as funding, it’ll be split between the county and EMS. We hope to break ground by mid to late spring.”

The process started in late 2018 when the county agreed to split the $30,000 architectural cost. While the station will be new, it’s not an additional station for the agency. The anticipated costs for the project is around $1 million, Wheeley said.

“It’s going to replace station 5 that’s across from the flea market,” Wheeley said. “It’s old and not worth putting a lot of money into it. This new station will have additional space for Limestone fire truck and the back part of the property will be used for joint training for fire and EMS.”

Wheeley said the fire engine bay will allow volunteer firefighters get to fire scenes more quickly than having to drive to the fire station, which is near the Greene County line, to retrieve a truck.

“The station itself will improve fire coverage for that area. Limestone has a lot of people who live in that area so they won’t have to drive all the way to the county line.”

In addition to the two-person EMS Advanced Lifesaving crew, there will be a supervisor assigned to the station to be in closer contact with EMS personnel on that end of the county.

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