2013-12-04 / Features

FDNY Chief Breaks Ground For New EMS Station

Dignitaries break ground on the new EMS Station in Queens. 
Photo courtesy FDNY Dignitaries break ground on the new EMS Station in Queens. Photo courtesy FDNY Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano broke ground on a new FDNY EMS Station, located at 159-10 Goethals Ave. in Jamaica on December 2. Upon completion, located at Queens Hospital Center, EMS Station 50 – Hillcrest Station – will serve the Queens communities of Bayside, Little Neck, Hollis Hills, Howard Beach, Tudor Village, Cunningham Heights, Flushing, Whitestone and Beechhurst, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Jamaica, and Ozone Park; as well as house EMS Division 4 command.

“This groundbreaking for this new EMS Station in Queens demonstrates the department’s unwavering commitment to provide the highest standard of emergency pre-hospital care throughout New York City,” said Cassano. “As call volume for medical emergencies has continued to grow, including a recordsetting 1.3 million calls in 2012, the department has worked to increase the number of our EMS stations in an effort to further lower response times and position resources where they are most needed.”

EMS Station 50 design and construction is to cost an estimated $19 million and at 13,000 square feet, will be the largest EMS station in Queens, with training facilities, blood borne pathogen decontamination areas, and ample locker facilities for all personnel assigned, as well as an apparatus floor able to house specialty vehicles, including the Major Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV) and Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit (METU) placing them at the intersection of several major roadways, thereby allowing for more rapid responses.

EMS Station 50 is expected to run 26 Basic and Advanced Life Support ambulance tours daily. Additionally augmenting this main facility, Station 50 will operate a satellite facility, Station 53 – Fort Totten Station – that operates three Basic Life Support ambulance tours daily.

Also participating in the groundbreaking were FDNY Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, Chief of EMS Command Abdo Nahmod, Health and Hospitals Corporation Executive Director Julius Wool and many FDNY members and their families.

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