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June 9, 2014

To better serveTri-Towns EMS seeks new base in McCoole

Credit Tri-Towns EMS personnel for stepping forward to provide service to the McCoole area. Now, a solution is needed for how — and where — to provide a satellite ambulance station that will be closer to the service area.



The satellite idea was offered at a public meeting last week to discuss emergency medical service for McCoole. Tri-Towns Emergency Medical Services said its calls have increased about 300 per year since McCoole Fire Department closed. The McCoole department rain into financial problems and closed the fire station in 2012. The former McCoole fire house and land are being parceled and marketed by the Coldwell Banker real estate firm. The parcel the fire station sits on has an asking price of $300,000.



Whether Tri-Towns EMS can purchase the property is in question. Also unknown is whether the fire house is in good enough condition to warrant the $300,000 expenditure.



Robert Preston, Tri-Towns EMS chief, said the organization’s representatives will meet with Coldwell Banker to review the situation. If a solution is not found, Tri-Towns may look for another site in the McCoole area.



Tri-Towns EMS is based on Main Street in Westernport. Preston said Tri-Towns has about 25 active associates with several members living in McCoole and in Keyser, W.Va.



“The amount of time to respond can be a matter of life and death,” said Preston.



Allegany County government can play a role in all of this. It is imperative that the McCoole area has emergency medical services available. Tri-Towns has stepped up to provide the service. It now needs assistance in finding a satellite location.

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