Construction on EMS station project in Eagle Rock progressing

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Ken Cieslinski, left, South Barry County Ambulance District board president, and Brent Cruse, with DeWitt and Associates, tour the Eagle Rock EMS station under construction. The building is expected to be done my mid-March. Kyle Troutman/

Project aims for completion by mid-March

The South Barry County Ambulance District’s $1.1 million EMS station project in Eagle Rock is progressing, with completion expected by mid-March and the facility operational about 10 days after that.

Ken Cieslinski, Ambulance District board president, said the building will house two ambulances in its bay and can sleep up to four EMS staff at a time.

The bay of the new Eagle Rock EMS station will hold two ambulances, with only one operational at a time. Kyle Troutman/

“Only one ambulance at a time will be used, and we will have see-through doors on the front and aluminum doors in the back,” he said.

The building, which occupies about 4,000 square feet, will also have a pump room, reception area and office, safe room with computers and tech equipment, laundry area, wash room, living space and kitchen, medicine room, four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. There is also a helipad north of the building.

“The safe room will house all our radios and computers, and the laundry area will have access to the garage,” Cieslinski said. “The living room and kitchen is an open area where they can put a table or island. We also added the wash room, which was something the Mercy EMS people requested. The storage space for equipment and medicines will be secured with locks.”

A helipad overlooks the new Eagle Rock EMS station under construction on Highway 86 in Eagle Rock. Kyle Troutman/

Cieslinski said Mercy staff plan to have one person on a 24-hour shift at the building, then a second 12-hour shift alternating between the Eagle Rock and Shell Knob facilities. There are four bedrooms in the building, each with its own window, allowing for more staff if needed.

The property is adjacent to the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection Headquarters, located at 30625 Hwy. 86 in Eagle Rock, and the properties will connect to form a circle drive.

“The Fire Department donated this land, and the Ambulance District is laying the road to create a loop that will support the weight of the fire trucks,” Cieslinski said. “That will give them two ways in and out.”

The goal of the facility is to allow the Ambulance District to reduce response times, especially in rural portions of its coverage area.

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