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 planning an open to show its new facility to the public.
The 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. Construction is ahead of schedule, according to Susan Johnson, squad vice president.
“At the present time the building has been framed and insulated,” she said. “The roof has been shingled. All the plumbing has been done and the electrical work is almost complete. The exterior still needs to be completed and all the sheetrock work and the kitchen need to be completed.
“We are extremely happy with the work of the general contractor, Don Paige, and his crews,” she added. “We are actually looking at being into the building in December, hopefully before snow flies.”
The emergency squad members are anxious to show off their new building, Johnson said.
“We are hoping to have an open house celebration when the project is completed to allow the public to be able to see what their support, currently and the future, will provide the community with in regard to emergency medical care,” Johnson said.
Ground was been broken for the new Ticonderoga Emergency Squad building June 26.
The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad began a fund raising campaign for a new facility in 2009 when the town board sold the volunteer group land for $1 — with conditions.
The squad needed to have the money for a new facility in hand in two years and construction must be complete in another two years or the land reverts back to town ownership.
The building will be 4,100 square feet with two drive through bays, a meeting room, offices and sleeping quarters, Johnson said. The architect is Steve Jung of Schroon Lake.
The Ticonderoga Emergency Squad has raised $280,000 for the project and has secured a $600,000 loan for the remainder of the cost.
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.