It´s officially open. Tuolumne Supervisors, county officials and medical personnel helped dedicate the brand new 2,900-square-foot Groveland Ambulance station Tuesday afternoon.
Members of the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors, including Board Chair Laurie Sylwester and Groveland district Supervisor Mark Thornton, helped cut the red ribbon across the front door leading to the crew´s living quarters.
The Groveland Ambulance Station 41 is a partnership between Tuolumne County Health Department, the Manteca District Ambulance and the local community.
Bill Caldera, paramedic operations manager with Tuolumne County Ambulance, said the land and new station represents nearly $750,000 investment for the company.
Funding for the new station came from revenue generated by ambulance calls along the Highway 108/Sonora area corridor, Caldera explained.
Right now Groveland crews average about 40 calls per month. Caldera says they need 60-to-65 runs per month, per ambulance, to make ends meet. “Luckily, the community supports the personnel through an assessment,” Caldera said. “We wanted to build this (station) first. We saw the need in Groveland.”
The new, permanent location for the ambulance crews in Groveland, on the Highway 120 corridor, will also help provide quicker response times to area medical emergencies, Caldera said.
The new station is located at 11850 Powder House Street. The new facility will be home to one, two person ambulance crew.