Two local ambulance districts are continuing to work together to find a way to provide service to the residents of Windsor.
Members of the Windsor Ambulance District board attended the Pettis County Ambulance District board’s meeting Thursday night to discuss options for ambulance service in Windsor, as WAD currently doesn’t have any employees or running units.
WAD board Chairman Steve Galloway gave PCAD an update on its financial standing, but the main focus was on helping Windsor residents. Galloway said the board has been looking for facility options to house one to two ambulance units and housing for a few employees to allow PCAD to operate in Windsor.
“We have been looking for facilities and we do have some options,” Galloway said. “The city has said that they will gladly lend us one of their bays for storage of a unit. … They would give us a door opener (to the city’s maintenance building), the only bad thing is we may be sharing it somewhat with the city. And then as far as personnel housing, we’ve looked at a couple of different options. We’re not really in a situation yet in finding one. … We’re still working through the process of that.”
Galloway added that the City of Windsor would consider constructing a building for WAD with a long-term lease; the Windsor Fire Department owns the land next to its station.
WAD owns a building in Windsor that was previously used to house units and personnel, but the board is still “brainstorming” what to do with it. The board voted during its November meeting to winterize the building but to keep electricity to be able to access records as needed.
“Obviously the building’s not worth a lot but we do have a nice lot there. I think one of the things all the board members agree is it’s a little more off the path than we would like for it to be,” Galloway said.
PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner agreed that an ambulance district should be more visible to the public than where the current building is located. Galloway mentioned the board may look into selling the property, which would help the district become more financially solvent.
PCAD board Chairman Greg Nehring said the board is generally in favor of assisting WAD long-term with bringing ambulance service back to Windsor.
“I think in general, yes, the board is in favor of a long-term commitment,” he said. “Overall, there’s a lot of contract negotiations to get worked out to get it all finalized, but one of the reasons we appreciate everyone came today is we want to have a positive long-term relationship with you.”
“That’s our whole focus is to take care of the people of Windsor, those in the Windsor Ambulance District,” Gardner said. “That’s why we’re sitting here today. It’s not about anything else, the logistics can be worked out.”
Galloway asked the PCAD board to draft a proposal for WAD to give them an idea of the next steps they need to take to make a contract with PCAD possible.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.