The citizens of Windsor are now one step closer to having an ambulance service return to the city.
Area ambulance districts have been making runs to Windsor as they are available since June, when the Windsor Ambulance District ceased service and a new board was appointed. During its meeting Tuesday night, the Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors approved a contract with the Windsor Ambulance District to provide mutual aid for the city, contingent on the WAD board approving the same contract during its meeting next week.
“My No. 1 concern right now is filling one full-time ambulance down there. We do have a new ambulance coming in February or the first part of March,” said PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner. “We’re not taking any services away from Pettis County. Matter of fact, our thoughts were we’ll be able to service the Green Ridge area as well. Any calls that are out in that area will probably respond from the Windsor station. Just depends on the location.
“… Our whole intent is taking care of the people of Windsor and the ambulance district.”
Gardner said he plans to meet with Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton soon to discuss transfers in the area as well.
The PCAD board also approved — again, contingent on the WAD board’s approval — the purchase of a residence at 111 Jackson St. in Windsor to be used as living quarters for a full-time two-man crew, which will be hired if the WAD board approves the mutual aid contract. Board members who had seen the home said minimal work will be needed before employees can move in. Gardner said they hope to start providing service in Windsor by mid-February.
Gardner added that there is a payment plan in place to allow the WAD board to buy back the property from PCAD over time.
As a temporary home for an ambulance, PCAD will be utilizing a building across the street from the new living quarters to house the vehicle until a garage specifically built for an ambulance can be constructed. Board President Greg Nehring said there is not a start date planned for the garage project, but they hope to “build it as soon as is reasonable.”
“We are in the works of talking (with the building owners),” Nehring said. “Across the block (from the residence) there is a Chevrolet dealership; (the ambulance) will be stored there initially until we can build a garage that has tall enough garage doors for an ambulance.”
Gardner said it is his intent to allow WAD to “keep its identity” in the Windsor community. He said the WAD board plans to put a “Windsor Ambulance District” sign in front of the living quarters residence, and he suggested putting “Serviced by Pettis County Ambulance District” at the bottom of the sign.
“During our meeting with Windsor, they want to make sure they keep their identity, which I totally agree with, so they do want a sign out front,” Gardner told the board. “… That was our whole intentions from the very beginning was to have their ambulance district back. They do need to keep their identity. I did talk to the bureau chief and he does not want them to give up their service license, so he wants them to continue to as the Windsor Ambulance District.”
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.