New ambulance quarters nearing completion
Work on the new Pendleton County Ambulance quarters is finally nearing completion and emergency personnel should be able to start using the facility within the next couple of weeks. This comes after two years of planning and hard work by many individuals involved with the project.
Facing the need for expansion and upgrade and realizing it to be an impossibility at the old location on West Shelby Street Phillip Hart, Director of Pendleton County Ambulance Services; Henry Bertram, Judge/Executive; Barb Dickison, chairman of the Pendleton County Ambulance Taxing District; and Bill Mitchell, Economic Development Director, made the trip to Frankfort in 2014 to request a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the purpose of constructing a new building for the ambulance service. Due to building regulations and restrictions caused by the Flood of ‘97, lack of space to expand, and much needed upgrades, a new location and facility was really the only option available.
Fast forward two years and the $1.796 million building has become a reality, with $500,000 of the funding coming from the grant and the remainder from Pendleton County Ambulance Taxing funds. RJ Construction out of Vanceburg, Ky. was the low bid for the job and has handled the assembly of the new building.
“We’ve kept the cost of this project within the budgeted amount,” said Phillip Hart, Director of Pendleton County Ambulance Services. “If any changes had to be made then we opted to go with the best possible choice available as long as it was affordable and fit our needs.”
The state-of-the-art facility has everything it needs to move the county into the future in regards to ambulance services.