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EMS construction ahead of schedule

December completion eyed

The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad is building a new 4,100 square feet home at the site of the former Ticonderoga Civic Center between The Portage and Lake Champlain Avenue. Don Paige is the lead contractor.

The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad is building a new 4,100 square feet home at the site of the former Ticonderoga Civic Center between The Portage and Lake Champlain Avenue. Don Paige is the lead contractor.

— Johnson said fund raising will continue.

“Hopefully, when people see the building going up our fund raising will be helped,” Johnson said. “It’s a big project for us and we need help.”

In August the squad held a raffle to raise money for the building project. The winners were Bob Chamberlain of Hague, $250,  Glen Upton of Ticonderoga, $100, and Brian Mattison of Ticonderoga, $50. 

“We would like to thank Ti Credit Union, Stewarts and the (Ticonderoga) chamber of commerce/Street Fest for allowing us to sell raffle tickets,” Johnson said. “All proceeds went to help with the building fund.” 

Johnson stressed the building is being constructed without taxpayer support.

The squad applied for several government and private grants to assist with the new building, but were unsuccessful.

The ambulance squad is completely self-supporting, she said.

“We receive no town funding from Ticonderoga and we are solely supported by donations and soft billing (insurance reimbursements),” Johnson said.

The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad approached the town about constructing a new home at the old Civic Center site after it realized renovating its existing building was cost prohibitive.

The present building, located behind the Ti Community Building, is inadequate for the squad’s needs, squad leaders claim, and is a safety concern because it’s difficult for the ambulance to reach the street during an emergency.

The squad has been in the same location since 1963.

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.

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