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Ti emergency squad eyes new home

The squad funds its services through donations, fundraising events and by billing insurance companies of the people it transports.

In 2008 the squad had a budget of $124,000.

The emergency squad hopes to sell the current building and use the money for the new facility, Johnson said. It is also looking for grants.

"We've had a great out pouring of people looking forward to helping us," Johnson said. "We're very optimistic."

Johnson declined to give a cost estimate for a new building. Once the squad receives the deed to the land, he said, a detailed proposal will be made public.

When the unit formed following World War II, patients were picked up in an old hearse donated by a local funeral home.

Today, the Ti Emergency Squad has state-of-the-art ambulances, equipment and training. In fact, the Ti squad is the only North Country unit with a "thumper," an auto-pulse cardiopulmonary resuscitation device.

It's roster has more than 50 members, including 28 emergency medical technicians.

In 2007 the squad responded to 615 calls - nearly two a day.

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