Ticonderoga Although it’s been in use for several months, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open the new Ticonderoga Emergency Squad Building Saturday, May 12.
The 1 p.m. ribbon cutting will be part of a day-long celebration planned by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We invite and encourage you to join the chamber, the town of Ticonderoga as well as other area organizations and community members as we celebrate with and support the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad,” said Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director. “The squad plays such an important role in this community and we are happy to be part of this celebration.”
The new EMS facility is located at 118 Champlain Avenue.
Other events scheduled to mark the new building include a mass causality incident drill at 10 a.m. and a free community barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers following the ribbon cutting. There will also be a basket raffle and a 50-50 drawing.
The MCI drill will be coordinated with the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, Ticonderoga Fire Department, Chilson Fire Department, Essex County Emergency Services and Inter-Lakes Health as well as agencies from Schroon Lake, Crown Point, Hague and Moriah.
“Community members are invited to attend the celebration by watching the drill, attending the ribbon cutting and barbecue as well as participating in the raffles,”said mark Barber, Ti EMS captain. “We are extremely excited about our new facility and are looking forward to the community getting a chance to see it.”
Tours of the facility and ambulances will be available throughout the day.
The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad had been located in a small garage behind the Community Building since 1963. That building long-ago became too small for a modern ambulance corps. The location also caused concerns about emergency vehicles pulling into traffic.
The new building, constructed by D.L. Paige Construction, is 4,100 square feet with access from Champlain Avenue and The Portage.