New EMS station in Sussex County aims to tackle response times for major call area
SEAFORD, DE.- That’s the sound that will soon be heard on Sussex Highway Road as the new EMS Medic Station 110 grand opening and ribbon cutting was held Friday.
City Council members, local legislators, and county administration were there excited about how the new location will serve the residents of Western Sussex County. No one wants to dial 9-1-1 ever, but knowing that you all are on the other end of the phone call makes us feel better,” said Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson.
The need for the station goes back to 2015 when the department noticed response times were extended and rates were higher due to those response times.
Director of Sussex County EMS Robert Murray says with the help of the state they created a pilot program to tackle the issue. “Over the following 2 years, we had a number of variations to that pilot program and what proved to work the best was two paramedics in Blade/Seaford area and a single paramedic up in Bridgeville,” said Murray.
After tackling the issue, next up was finding the right location. That’s a goal Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent says they found after years of collecting data, anticipating growth, and then calculating where for one of the busiest call areas. “Its easy access to route 13 to go north or south with 13A behind us to get to the backside of Seaford much faster. Its a good thing for the citizens and visitors of Western Sussex that we can decrease our response time at a closer station,” said Vincent.
With the station now ready to go, it’s the hope that these brave men and women will be able to serve the community even better. The ceremony ended with a prayer from one of the stations
I’m told once it opens the station will serve as a quarters for supervisors and a training center for new medics.
Officials say one of the best parts about this new center is that is wasn’t built using tax payers money.
Instead we’re told all the construction was funded by county savings.