Gerald Ambulance District breaks ground on new building

Linda Trest

The Gerald Ambulance District held an official ground-breaking ceremony Friday, March 16. The district purchased property on the corner of Bernhardt Dr. (State Route H) and East Springfield Road. This week construction will begin. 

District Chief Diane Meyer says that for 40 years her predecessor, Diane Angell, set aside funds for a future building project. Thanks to her thriftiness, the district was able to secure a loan for rest of the financing through the Bank of Franklin County. Taxpayers will not have to approve a issue to make the $1.1 million new home for the ambulance district a reality. 

After her retirement, Angell began serving on the district’s Board of Directors.

Jasper Development Carpentry & Construction Services of Union was awarded the bid to construct the building. The nearly 6,000 square foot building should be completed by the beginning of November. 

The ambulance district is currently housed in the southwestern corner of Legion Park at Grandview and West End streets. The board of directors is not sure what they will do with the current building.

The new building will feature three bays for equipment, specialized storage areas, a training room and several offices.

For crews who pull 24 hour shifts, there are four bedrooms, a weight room, kitchen dining room and living area.

“This will be a building the community can be proud of,” Meyer notes. 

The parking lot which will serve the new quarters will enter and exit off of East Springfield Road. 

A group of interested parties attended the ground-breaking ceremony. Several members of the Gerald Area Chamber of Commerce were in attendance as well as a representative of the City of Gerald. Most of the district’s employees were also on hand.