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New ambulance hall in Tioga offers space for larger trucks and future growth

 

Posted 11/01/16 (Tue)

New ambulance hall in Tioga offers space for larger trucks and future growth

By Kevin Killough
Tioga’s new ambulance hall started to take form this past week.
The contractor erected the pre-fabricated concrete walls that will form its shell.
Work will continue through the winter on the inside, and Randy Pederson said it probably won’t be in use until late next spring or early in the summer. 
Pederson is the treasurer for the fire department and Tioga Ambulance Service, and he is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT. 
When it is open, it’s going to be a significant upgrade for the volunteers who provide ambulance services to the region.
Bigger is better
Holly Grubb, squad leader for the volunteers, said the current building, which houses both the fire department and EMT squad, is getting cramped.
“It’ll be wonderful to have the extra space for training,” she said. 
Pederson said ambulances have gotten bigger and wider since the old fire hall was built, so the new one will have much wider bay doors to accommodate them. 
There will be four bays for the vehicles on the west side, as well as an entrance on the south side. The facility will include a meeting room, kitchen, records room, and office space. 
These will not only benefit the volunteers, Pederson said, the meeting room could provide Tioga with an additional community space. 
For the future
The building is also meant to accommodate the future growth of the department, anticipating Tioga’s population will continue to swell over the years.
“We want to be prepared,” Pederson said. 
If the town’s size gets large enough, there could come a point where an all-volunteer force can no longer meet the emergency service needs alone and will require professional EMTs as well.
Pederson said, should that day come, the new ambulance hall will better accommodate a change to professional services. 
“We’re looking down the road,” he said. 
The project bid was awarded in August, and the contract places a deadline of 330 days to complete the project. 
Pederson said once the building is open and in use, they will hold a grand opening open house to show the new facility to the public and thank all those who helped make it happen. 
The project was bid at about $3 million and is paid for by the voter-approved Williams County emergency 1 percent sales tax that was implemented two years ago.