Wayne County Emergency Medical Services Project Reaches Major Milestones | New

LYONS — Wayne County is moving forward with plans to create an emergency medical services agency — with the goal of having it up and running in some capacity in the latter part of 2023.

On Tuesday, the board of supervisors is expected to approve three measures related to the county’s emergency medical services agency, which currently consists of advanced resuscitation doctors stationed throughout the county.

One of the measures is to authorize the purchase of two ambulances through a state tender at a cost not exceeding $450,000. However, those ambulances won’t be arriving anytime soon, noted emergency medical services coordinator Jim Lee.

“We expect delivery around this time next year,” he said on Tuesday.

The county’s plan is to buy four ambulances, but officials will look at options to get two more. Options include buying used ones.

“We’re trying to figure that out,” Lee said.

Along with the purchase of two ambulances, Supervisors are also set to purchase a 4.23 acre property on Route 88, near Route 104 next to Reed Eye Associates, for the secondary base of operations. from North Central Wayne County EMS. The cost is $90,000.

“It’s an ideal site,” Lee said.

There, the county will build a three-bay base at an estimated cost of $1 million. An ambulance will be assigned to this base.

This is one of two foundations to be built in the first phase of EMS implementation, Lee said. The main base, with four spans, will be built on the area of ​​the departmental complex of route 31 in Lyon at an estimated cost of $1.8 million. County Administrator Rick House said a location next to the retirement home was planned for the main base, which will at some point house two ambulances.

Also on Tuesday, supervisors are expected to award a bid to Labella Associates of Rochester to provide architectural and engineering services to the two bases.

Lee said there was still a lot of work to be done to establish EMS services, noting that two working groups were meeting twice a month on the project – one focused on land and facilities, the other on equipment and ambulance personnel, the latter being in “scarce supply”. .”

An oversight committee, chaired by Williamson’s supervisor, Tony Verno, meets monthly. The county’s project adviser, Fitch Associates, plays a role in each of these committees, Lee added.

County officials predict the first phase of the EMS project will cost nearly $4.2 million.

The second phase provides for three-bay secondary bases at Walworth and Rose, with land likely to be purchased for each. Each will initially be equipped with an ambulance.

House admits it’s an expensive, but necessary project, given that a quick response with highly trained doctors could be a matter of life and death.

“It’s a big capital expenditure,” he said. “I think the benefits outweigh the costs. It could be a $10 million project before it’s finished. (The process) happens quickly, but with care and thoroughness.