Rescue Squad to hold open house for new facility

Photo by John Bryant
The Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad, Inc. will hold an open house for the newly built facility on November 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

By Lesley Hughes
star staff

  Terry Arnold and the staff of the Carter County Emergency and Rescue Squad, Inc. will soon celebrate the open house of the newly built Rescue Squad on Nov. 10 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  For months, rescue squad employees have worked out of temporary trailers, located across the parking lot from the construction site. Finally, with construction of the 16,300 square foot building complete and operating, an open house has been scheduled for the public to attend. Arnold said about moving into the new facility, "It is wonderful!"
  Officials with the rescue squad will be on hand to speak with visitors and to tour the new facility. Among those present will be the Board of Directors, Wings Air Rescue, EMS Director for the state of Tennessee, Joe Phillips, and a demonstration of the latest technology from Zoll in a chest compression machine.
  Tours of the new facility will be available. The 15-bay garage, business and living sections were designed to face a certain direction in order to prevent wind from passing through the bay cutting down energy costs.
  The building also features five bedroom living quarters, complete kitchen, meeting room, training room, and a computer data office. The ambulance and equipment bay is connected to the main office building through a breezeway.
  A third building contains three bays for maintenance of equipment and vehicles. The separate maintenance building was designed to also cut down on energy costs so maintenance workers can close the garage door and not risk losing heat or air conditioning if it was included in the main ambulance bay. Arnold said, "Once they go in they can stay in."
  Arnold said the building is also designed to be an emergency shelter in times of need, capable of holding anywhere from 200 to 500 people, with the ability to operate without electricity.
  Many issues arose in the old building, calling for the need for a newer, more efficient structure. Arnold named several key problems including, electrical, sewer, plumbing, and structural damages. Black mold had also effected the decision to build from scratch instead of remodeling.