New Fort Bend EMS building opens

4 11 2010

From Tuesday, November 2 Fort Bend Herald article by Don Munsch:

Michael McDill said when the former Emergency Medical Service building opened about 26 years ago, he thought it was the Taj Mahal.  The new EMS building may not be confused with the renowned Indian mausoleum, but is considered a welcome upgrade nonetheless.

County, fire department and emergency services employees attended a ribbon cutting for the new EMS building on Texas 36 in Rosenberg on Monday.  EMS employees moved into the new building about 2 1/2 weeks ago, but are still in the process of moving in, said McDill, EMS deputy chief clinical.

Don Brady, director of the facilities management and planning department for Fort Bend County, said that with only a couple of minor punch list items remaining, the cost of the new building to date is $2.4 million.

The old building is currently being used by the county collections department, which reports to the county treasurer, Brady said.  The county plans to ultimately move collections to the Travis Building once the new justice center opens, and the building will revert to the parks department, which oversees operations at the fairgrounds, Brady said.

McDill gave a tour of the new building, which features a multipurpose room, four dormitory rooms, inventory warehouse, conference room, kitchen, living room, administrative offices, a large garage and plenty of storage space.  The multipurpose room seats 40 people and contains two flat-screen televisions, a projector screen for PowerPoint presentations and a CPR dummy.

The new building will have one ambulance on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and then has one ambulance called a ready reserve, which means it’s licensed by the state and can be used at a moment’s notice.  Two emergency response/disaster units are being housed at the new building. The plan is for one of them to be stationed in the east side of the county, McDill said.

“We love it,” McDill said about the new building. “We’ve been without a classroom for over 10 years, so we’ve been borrowing, begging, carrying our equipment to other places to teach.

“But now we’ll be able to do it in house.”

Daniel Kosler, director of Emergency Medical Service, was excited about the new building.  “It’s a building that we’ve been looking forward to for a number of years,” he said. “It allows to function in a true office environment.

“Our previous office was somewhat tight.”

“To be in this building provides a really great feeling.”

Some paperwork and equipment eventually will have to be moved into the new building from the old building, but fortunately, he said, “it’s only 30 yards away.”  The building provides service for 90 percent of the county. EMS employees have offices and mobile response units with fire departments around the county.

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