LAKE PLACID — The last phase of building the new ambulance headquarters here involves tearing the old garage down.
And the famed Mirror Lake and Lake Placid Ice Out raffle contest — the 23rd annual — is going to support that effort this year.
Judy Shea, a long-time member of the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, said the ambulance quarters are nearly complete.
“We’re in,” she said of the new building at 388 Mill Pond Road, which is next to the old garage.
“And the office rooms are done on the second floor.”
HOUSING STAFF, EQUIPMENT
The two-story building features three ambulances behind three bay doors, along with the “fly car” emergency vehicle that allows link-ups with other agencies.
It also houses sleeping quarters for paid paramedics, emergency medical technicians and ambulance drivers who staff the station 24 hours a day.
With Lake Placid often host to thousands of guests for summer and winter sporting and outdoor events, the volunteer squad includes paid staff.
Lake Placid’s ambulance crew is presently certified for paramedic-level care and employs two full-time paramedics, one advanced EMT for critical care, one part-time paramedic and advanced EMT for critical care each, along with per diem crews of three paramedics and one advanced EMT for critical care.
The service also has six part-time paid drivers and about 20 volunteer crew members.
“Lake Placid is often very busy, with events like the horse shows, which are now going to be three weeks; Ironman in summer; and Bobsled and World Cup luge and skeleton races,” Shea said in a recent interview.
The ambulance service has evolved since it began as a vision in 1975, one looking to meet the needs of the busy and growing village.
Completion of this building marks the third time the ambulance service has updated its facility since 1976.