Canandaigua Emergency Squad celebrated the official grand opening of its new headquarters at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
The new 13,000-sqaure-foot facility includes fice ambulance garages, two flay car bays and one large training room to host community safety training courses such as CPR, first aid, Stop the Bleed and more, according to a release from CES.
Official grand opening
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be standing in our new headquarters,” said CES Chief Matt Sproul at the May 24 ceremony. “We moved into our old facility in 1971. That year, we responded to 781 calls. Last year, CES responded to 7,145 calls. We continued to operate out of our old building for 51 of the 82 years we’ve been in service, so as you can imagine, the need for a new facility was evident. Our new headquarters is better equipped to allow for larger training space and better access for our first responders, and meets modern-day necessities.”
CES thanks community for support
As an independent non-profit, CES relies on community donations and service billing to fund staff and equipment.
“Thank you to the community members who generously stepped up and made a donation to our headquarters fund,” said CES Board President Chris O’Donnell. “We are grateful for every gift and hope you’ll continue to support your local ambulance. Our new headquarters is a symbol of growth, opportunity and service to our community, and we continue to rely on donations to keep our operations in service. The new building is a critical tool for us, just like an ambulance or defibrillator or other medical devices we use to treat members in our community. You never know if you may need us someday, but we will be ready, willing and able to help when you call.”
To learn more about CES or to make a donation towards the CES headquarters fund, visit canandaiguaes.org.