If everything goes according to plan, ambulance service will start the week of Feb. 21 in the City of Windsor.
The Pettis County Ambulance District Board of Directors heard an update on the upcoming PCAD site in Windsor during its meeting Tuesday night.
“Everything’s in progress right now. The laminate flooring is going to go down Thursday, Friday, Saturday, bathrooms are done, basically just getting some of the furniture in. Just basically moving in, getting all of our supplies over there,” said PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner. “The big key factor is our communication system, so making sure that’s up and running. If it’s not up and running they can’t take any calls; that’s the critical part. It’s looking very good to be done in time.”
Gardner told the board he recently met with Henry County Dispatch to go over details and procedural items so PCAD’s Windsor site can be dispatched from that location. Cable installation for the site’s radios is done and the box was installed Tuesday afternoon. The repeater will most likely be tested later this week.
“We signed an agreement and understanding to use their dispatch center and I assured him that if there was any expense as far as our radios were concerned we would take care of that,” Gardner said, adding that Henry County is “ready to go as soon as our equipment is in.”
Almost all employees have been hired for the Windsor site. Gardner said an EMT and a paramedic still need to be hired to complete the Windsor staff, but he has interviews lined up to hopefully fill those remaining two spots.
“We’re close to getting all the employees we need to operate. Everyone’s going through training,” Gardner said. “I’m really pleased with the quality of people we were able to pick up. It’s an exciting thing when you get people like that.”
Progress also continues on the residence the employees will live and work in. The new shower stalls have been installed, painting was finished Tuesday and cabinets were dropped off to be stocked with supplies.
Gardner said he has also met with the KCP&L area manager regarding wiring issues that will need to be addressed, saying they “came up with some pretty good ideas that saved us some money that we’ll talk about later. “
The board approved two bids to remove and pay for the two carports on the property during the meeting; the board is still seeking bids for tree removal for a large tree at on the Windsor property that could be hazardous due to its close proximity to power lines. The board is also continuing to look for bids for a garage at the Windsor site.
Board President Greg Nehring gave an update on the upcoming satellite station on state Route TT. He said foundations and the concrete work for the storm shelter are all completed.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.