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South Side EMS Station Opens

Ribbon-cutting held for new EMS station on Colorado Avenue on Tuesday.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 6:10 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2018 6:31 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Buchanan County celebrated the opening of a new EMS station with a ribbon cutting in the South Side Tuesday.

The facility is located at 312 W. Colorado Avenue in the old St. Joe Brick, Inc. building. It houses one ambulance, a garage, offices and first responders living quarters.

The Director of Buchanan County EMS, Patrick Wallace, said, first responders had a temporary facility a little further South but this space is more suited to their needs.

"When the county purchased this building, we started having conversations about whether we could use some of the space," Wallace said. 

The County opened a 10,000 square-foot EMS headquarters on Frederick Boulevard last year. The second station is on 10th Street. Wallace said because his team has to provide emergency services to the entire county, it was important to set up a third base.

"Buchanan County doesn't stop on 22nd Street or Mitchell," Wallace said. "It goes clear down to the bottom of the County. We must be able to serve them in a reasonable amount of time."

First responders, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce and the Diplomats Club turned up for move in day.

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