Fraser receptive to housing EMS at 200 Eisenhower
Grand County EMS will likely be the new tenants for 200 Eisenhower, a piece of property that has been sitting empty in the town of Fraser for quite some time.
Chief Ray Jennings of Grand County EMS told the Fraser Board of Trustees Wednesday night that he would like to use the property to house a couple of his employees so they can be closer to the ambulances when an emergency arises.
The ambulance, Jennings explained, is parked at the East Grand Fire District building; Grand County EMS personnel are currently housed in old town Fraser ” on the west side of the tracks. That means the EMS crew has to cross the tracks and pick up the ambulance before they can assist someone in need.
“Two years ago we had a person go into cardiac arrest one block from where the ambulance crew (was staying),” Jennings said. “They crew had to leave the apartment, drive six minutes to get the ambulance, and then drive 6 minutes back …
“My biggest goal is to give life a chance. We weren’t able to give that person a chance because it took us 12 minutes to get to that person.”
The 200 Eisenhower property is only a short-term solution, Jennings noted. In the future, Grand County EMS is looking into purchasing the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District’s building from the town once the district’s personnel move into its new facility at the future recreation center. EMS could then also house its ambulance in the old fire house behind the district’s current office, if it decides to purchase that property in the future.
Jennings said he hopes the 200 Eisenhower property will help his personnel improve response time and therefore save more lives and minimize injuries. Jennings asked that the town rent the property to Grand County EMS for free, only charging for utilities.
Trustees generally were receptive to Jenning’s proposal. Mayor Pro Tem Steve Sumrall said he does not oppose the idea and that it would be a “great asset,” but he said he would like more time to think it over. He agreed with a few other trustees that perhaps the county should be asked to give some input as well.
Town Clerk Lu Berger stated in a memo that the election process is “well underway,” and Mayor Fran Cook and Samuel Talbert have submitted nomination petitions for mayor.
Trustees Joyce Burford, Eric Hoyhtya and Vesta Shapiro, along with Scotty Brent and Kim Linin, have submitted nomination petitions for the trustee positions.
Absentee ballots will be available beginning March 21. They can be mailed out to voters or picked up at town hall.
In other business:
– The board passed a resolution stating its support of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District’s recreation center, and the donation of roughly 4.8 acres to the district for the center, which is being donated by Grand Park.
– Animal Control Officer Marilyn Teverbaugh is now officially an employee of the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department.
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