Open house to showcase new EMS station in Tustin
TUSTIN — After about three years of planning, the fourth and final emergency medical services station is up and running in Osceola County.
"It was a good effort and collaboration by everyone for a good cause," said Larry Emig, chair of the Osceola County Board of Commissioners. "We made it happen and it was the result everyone wanted."
The need to have a station in the northwest quadrant has been voiced by many officials and residents in the area for more than two years and an EMS Enhancement Northwest Quadrant Ad Hoc Committee was formed to begin the project and continue to progress. Though there were EMS personnel temporarily stationed in Tustin, the employees were based out of the Osceola County Commission on Aging building.
The new site is adjacent to the fire department and library, property purchased for $4,000. Construction began in June, was fully operational in November.
"It's a good fit and it all fell into place," Emig added. "I think it's a win-win for everyone."
It 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 Osceola County EMS Director Jeremy Beebe.
"The hours of operation is determined from reviewing the call volume from previous years," Beebe said. "Approximately 70 percent of all EMS calls in Osceola County occur during the 12 hours while all four ambulances are in operation."
The 3,200-square foot facility will feature similar amenities as 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 will have an emergency generators to power the entire building.
To celebrate the occasion, an open house is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the station, with a ribbon cutting ceremony to take place at approximately 4:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available as well as the chance for attendees to tour the facility and meet EMS personnel.