The Progress Boulevard site is closer to the geographic center of Tri-Community South's service area and for the first time provides garage space for all vehicles.
The new facility is 14,100 square feet, much more than the 2000 square foot space in the old Slater Road location, and includes crew areas with adjacent garage space along with business offices. A classroom and meeting area, sufficient to accommodate the entire staff, is also included.
Tri-Community South EMS will continue to use the South Park and Upper St. Clair satellite bases during the daylight and evening shifts in order to reduce response times to the farthest reaches of the service area when three or four ambulances are in service.
The South Park base is in the South Park Municipal Building on Brownsville Road, and the Upper St. Clair base is in the Upper St. Clair Municipal Building on McLaughlin Run Road. Each of these bases has garage space for one vehicle and facilities for the EMS crew.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters was held on the cold and snowy morning of March 1, 2005. Less than three weeks later, the site was graded and ready for the foundation to be laid. By May the walls were taking shape and the roof trusses were raised in June.
With the roof completed in July, interior work was well underway. By August the doors and windows were in place, the interior walls were up and painted and the environmental systems were being installed.
Shortly afterwards, TCS EMS staff began packing things at the old base in preparation for the move. The parking lot was finished in September as interior detailing work was being completed. Finally on a pleasant Fall afternoon, October 25, 2005, the new base was dedicated and became fully operational.
Coming soon! A slide show of the construction progress.