New Tustin EMS base showcased during open house

TUSTIN — County officials, employees and residents celebrated the opening of the fourth Osceola County Emergency Medical Services station with an open house and ribbon cutting which took place on Jan. 28.

Located in Tustin, the 3,200-square foot facility features similar amenities to the Marion station, which was built in 2014, including a kitchen area, living area, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room and supply closet, a metal roof and a garage large enough to house two ambulances. It also has emergency generators to power the entire building and internet access.

"I am the most proud of the fact that the Board of Commissioners in March 2013 passed a resolution of a three- to five-year goal of ambulance stations in all four corners of the county and we met that goal," said Osceola County EMS Director Jeremy Beebe. "Not only was the goal met, but met ahead of the three-year timeline."

Beebe also said he is thankful for the Commission on Aging, which provided temporary housing for an ambulance crew for the last two years. Because of its help, the EMS Department was able to provide service to the northwest quadrant of the county for 12 hours a day.

Inside the new facility, open house attendees were able to tour the building, chat with EMS personnel and enjoy light refreshments before and after a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring a strip of gauze.

Larry Emig, chair of the Osceola County Board of Commissioners, said he is happy to see the project complete and available for the people of the northwest quadrant.

"Our journey toward arriving here today was at times rocky, bumpy, smooth, intense and finally very gratifying and rewarding," he said. "I'm thankful for everyone's fine work on this project."

The station will be used 24 hours a day for six months of the year, and 12 hours of the day during the other half of the year, according to Beebe.

David Eggle, Sherman Township supervisor, has been a vocal citizen regarding the need for the northwest quadrant station. Seeing the station ready to serve the community makes him pleased.

"It gives us fair and equal access to the medical services that the rest of the county has. That's what we wanted all along," Eggle said. "It's very much of a win for the entire community up here in the four townships. It's well built and meets all of the specifications. We've got a good team of medical technicians up here and they'll take care of the community."