$1.1 million EMS station coming to Eagle Rock
Cieslinski: This will greatly reduce response times to the community’
The South Barry County Ambulance District and its contractor, Mercy EMS, are kicking off an expansion project, as construction has begun on a new emergency services facility in Eagle Rock.
The property is adjacent to the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection Headquarters, located at 30625 State Highway 86, in Eagle Rock.
The fire district donated the property to bring emergency services together in one location for the community.
The new Eagle Rock facility will occupy 4,000 square feet and include two ambulance bays, living quarters, a supervisor’s office, work room, a decontamination room, supply room and a safe room for personnel assigned to the facility. A helicopter landing pad will also be part of this project to provide an additional landing location when multiple aircraft are needed at an incident in the area. The facility is expected to be completed in December.
Ken Cieslinski, South Barry County Ambulance District board president, said the first thing he wants to say is thank you to the Eagle Rock fire department for partnering with this venture and making it possible.
“Our sole mission is to do the best we can for the citizens that we represent,” he said. “We felt, based on the analyzation that we had done, and the number of calls and the severity, that Eagle Rock was an absolute must.”
Cieslinski said at a fire chiefs meeting a year ago, they were talking about doing CPR on a patient for 45 minutes before an ambulance could arrive.
“I grew up in a big city, and coming to this area is just so different,” he said. “To hear that someone is doing CPR on a patient for so long before help can arrive is unacceptable.”
Cieslinski said the area does have limited resources, but that is changing.
“We need to be the best stewards we can using what we have,” he said. “We have been appropriating funds for awhile, but there are other communities that will need it.”
“The Eagle Rock EMS facility will be the third strategically placed EMS station in the District and will greatly reduce response times to the community,” Cieslinski said. “The new station will house vital equipment and personnel needed to provide emergency medical services to those who work, visit or live within the Eagle Rock community and surrounding areas. This area is currently served from the district’s headquarters in Cassville or from the Shell Knob station.”