A major step forward was taken by the Wayne County Board of Supervisors in its pursuit of establishing emergency medical services.
The goal is to have an agency running in the second-half of 2023.
This week, the supervisors took crucial steps – securing ambulances through state bid at a cost not to exceed $450,000, as well as the purchase of a 4.23-acre parcel on Route 88 near Route 104.
The property will serve as it’s north-central secondary base of operations for Wayne County EMS. Most involved saw that site as one of the most ideal. The agency’s ‘home base’ will be at the county complex on Route 31 in Lyons.
As for the ambulance purchases – those vehicles won’t arrive until this time next year. The county will likely be purchasing two more at some point before launch of the new service.
Work groups are meeting twice a month to get the EMS project across the finish line. The total cost of this first phase, which includes the aforementioned components – will cost around $4.2 million.
The second phase will include additional bases in Walworth and Rose. Each of those will have an ambulance, too. There’s no doubt it’s an expensive undertaking, but officials in Wayne County are confident it’s what’s necessary to keep residents safe and healthy.
All told, the total cost on the EMS project in Wayne County could reach $10 million.
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