The Pettis County Ambulance District celebrated its two-year anniversary last month. Founded in 2012 after Pettis County residents approved a half-cent sales tax, the district is on track to run more than 6,000 calls this year alone.
“It’s been a whirlwind but we’ve come a long way in a short time,” said PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner. “I think more than anything, we’ve worked hard to gain public confidence and provide professional emergency medical services to Pettis County residents.”
PCAD took over ambulance services in October 2013, running calls from a temporary headquarters located in the Missouri State Fair volunteer fire department while its downtown headquarters was being built. Since those humble beginnings PCAD has revamped its current headquarters, built an education building, purchased land for a permanent headquarters, and added ambulances and staff.
“Something I, and I think our board, is most proud of is the work that’s going on for our first satellite building,” Gardner said. “We’ll be able to serve eastern Pettis County residents more easily and have significantly shorter call times.”
The new building, located on state Route TT, will be home to a 5,000-square-foot building with room for two ambulances and two crews. Gardner said construction would begin soon and that “this time next year that facility will be up and running.”
Gardner also noted the district’s commitment to keeping its employees trained and knowledgeable of the latest medical techniques.
“The education building was something (the board) talked about from the very beginning,” he said. “We knew that we would need to offer our own employees a way to stay up to date with all the required licensure but also we wanted to open it up to other emergency service agencies and eventually the public.”
Gardner said he’s looking forward to the next year at PCAD, noting the district will only keep growing to serve the needs of the communities it serves. The PCAD Board of Directors recently heard a positive financial review of the district from officials at Wilson, Toellner & Associates – something Gardner said was “a sigh of relief.”
“We thought the review was going to go well. We run a pretty tight ship keeping on top of expenses and making sure we’re using taxpayer dollars wisely, but it’s always great to hear we’re doing a good job from an outside party,” Gardner said. “One of the great benefits of a county-led district like this one is it’s not a private company – people can know exactly where their dollars are going and make sure we’re being held accountable.
“It’s been a great two years of serving Pettis County and we hope to continue the high level of service that residents have come to expect from our ambulance district,” he said.
Release courtesy of Pettis County Ambulance District