POCAHONTAS, Ark. (KAIT) – A new facility is ensuring a community in Randolph County has more resources in case of sudden medical situations.
On Thursday, October 20, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new ProMed EMS Central Station in Pocahontas.
President and CEO Ken Kelley said ProMed had been in the area for more than 10 years and realized early on the need for a larger facility.
He explained that COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions have extended the time to start construction.
“We are proud today to have overcome all of these obstacles and are moving forward with the project which will produce a beautiful facility for the community,” Kelley said.
He called EMS services a third step in public safety, saying it was essential to give their crew a facility that could make the most of them.
“Having an efficient ambulance service is essential to public health and safety, and as an ambulance service for the community, we want to ensure that our teams are well positioned and can respond quickly with the latest technologies and equipment. “, Kelley said.
He added that the facility would serve as a hub for the emergency services portion of public safety.
Kelley knows the toll a career in emergency services can have on a person, so it was imperative to make the facility a second home for his team.
“We work long shifts, 24 or 48 hour shifts, so the facility is designed to be a type of away-from-home facility for EMS, and when they are on duty they rest and relax as much as possible, and also be prepared to respond at all times,” he said.
In addition to the ambulance service the facility will provide, Kelley explained that the building would have community uses.
He said the new facility will include an administrative office for the community, as well as a training and community room.
“It’s also rewarding for me to know that the community is growing, and as the community has grown and supported us, it’s a way of giving back to the community,” Kelley said.
The installation is expected to be completed by August 2023.
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