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Lake George officials eyeing new EMS building, health center

McCoy said the board knew of an appropriate site, but they weren't going to disclose it, because doing so would likely boost the landowner's asking price.

"We're not going to tip our hand where we're looking at, because then the price would go sky-high," he said.

Hudson Headwaters spokesman Howard Nelson confirmed that Rugge and Shannon had discussed feasibility of a health center with town officials.

"We're always interested in a community if a community is interested in us," he said.

At Monday's board meeting, Kilburn said the new squad building was needed badly because the existing one was severely cramped and put constraints on the services the squad provides.

The cramped quarters, he said, could also theoretically expose the squad to a sexual harassment lawsuit, as there were now no separate overnight quarters or lockers for men and women.

"This is a big concern for me as squad president," he said, noting that paid employees now staff the squad for certain shifts, and women have increasingly been landing jobs in emergency care work, both as volunteers and paid staff.

Also, the squad's space needs include additional vehicle bays, maintenance facilities, training rooms, decontamination and laundry facilities, and storage areas, Kilburn said. Facility needs have increased, he said, with the use of more equipment and the increasing number of calls and broadening of services expected.

"We have very tight quarters," Kilburn said, citing ever-increasing governmental standards for squad facilities.

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