Deer Park seeks bids to build EMS station

September 14, 2018

The city of Deer Park is seeking bids to build an emergency medical services facility, with completion of the project anticipated around late 2019, a city official said.

The city’s Fire Control Prevention and Emergency Medical Services District previously authorized design work for the 9,000-square-foot station, which will include administrative offices, personnel quarters, a living area and three drive-through bays that would each accommodate up to two vehicles, according to Robert Hemminger, the city’s director of emergency services. The proposed site is city property north of Fire Station No. 3 on East Boulevard.

The district has allocated approximately $2.5 million toward the project.

“It is anticipated that some additional funding may be requested from the City Council to fully complete the project,” Hemminger said.

The EMS staff has been operating out of the city’s three fire stations.

“Historically, when EMS was primarily staffed by volunteers, this was an adequate arrangement,” Hemminger said in a written statement.

But the city now operates two ambulances with paid personnel around the clock.

“These personnel work 24-hour shifts and the older fire stations were not designed with sleeping accommodations for 24-hour personnel,” Hemminger said in the statement.

A third ambulance is staffed by volunteers, and the city has another one to use during large events or to serve as a reserve unit.

Bid proposals are due on Oct. 4.

The city has 18 full-time paramedics including two supervisors, six part-time paramedics and 25 volunteer EMS personnel.

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