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Atlanta celebrates its first standalone EMS Station

Gené Hunter
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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Community leaders and members of the metro Atlanta community celebrated the groundbreaking of the city’s first standalone Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday morning during a community event. District 11 Councilmember Marci Collier Overstreet was present and gave remarks, saying

“This is an essential facility for the community, and I’m ecstatic to celebrate this groundbreaking. This building will serve the immediate and future needs of southwest Atlanta and really help improve response times for emergencies in the community.”

The new station – EMS No. 37 – is located on Campbellton Road and will serve as a model for future EMS sites. The site comes after research showed that 85% - 90% of service calls placed to Atlanta Fire Rescue are EMS-related.

The new facility will be staffed by a trained medical unit and house EMS vehicles.

The need for standalone EMS stations was announced in May by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. One main goal of the facility was to shorten EMS response times for the community.

“The Southwest Atlanta community has long needed enhanced emergency services in the area. This innovative expansion of public safety and emergency City services will ensure that residents have quality medical assistance nearby during their time of need,” Bottoms said in a statement.

Normally, the construction of a new fire station can cost upward of $15 million. Utilizing city-owned property to construct a reduced-scale EMS facility has the potential of a 60 percent savings for taxpayers.

The Bottoms Administration also planned to engage the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation to assess any additional private sector funding.

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