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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2006


New facility will help to alleviate overcrowding at Queens General Hospital facility as well as help to increase in service times while reducing response times in Southeastern Queens

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today joined members of the Fire Department’s EMS Command at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening a newly constructed facility for EMS Station 54 in the Springfield Gardens community of Queens . The state-of-the-art 6,000 square foot station is located at 222-15 Merrick Boulevard . The City’s Department of Design and Construction (DDC) created the master design plans and oversaw construction, which was completed in December. Funded through the city’s capital budget, the $5 million project included design and construction of the facility, which will serve the communities of Springfield Gardens , Rosedale , Laurelton, Brookville, Cambria Heights , and St. Albans.

“ You might think the beneficiaries of this new facility are the men and women of EMS . The true beneficiaries, however, are the communities of Springfield Gardens , Rosedale , Laurelton, Brookville, Cambria Heights and St. Albans ,” said Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. “By deploying units from this location we are able to offer improved ambulance coverage to the residents of Southeast Queens as well as in all of the surrounding neighborhoods.”

"We are proud of our strong working relationship with the FDNY. We have built a state of the art facility which will enable medical care professionals to serve the community for decades, and designed it to enhance the neighborhood,” said Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David J. Burney, AIA.

The new facility, which has a 2,500-gallon (below grade) fuel tank, can accommodate up to six ambulances and can provide outdoor, off-street parking for up to 16 vehicles. In addition, the interior space also includes a supervisor’s office, ALS and BLS supply rooms, a break area, storage for oxygen tanks and vehicle fluids and locker facilities and bathrooms for 100 employees.

The station will act as a hub for the six emergency medical units and two field supervisors assigned there. Crews will be able to restock their ambulances with life-saving medical supplies such as oxygen and medications to treat asthma, seizures, strokes and cardiac conditions. The station will also provide a decontamination area where medical personal can safely clean and disinfect and decontaminate clothing and medical supplies.

There are 29 EMS stations and three outposts located throughout the five boroughs. Since the 1996 merger of the Fire Department and EMS , 16 EMS stations have been opened. Prior to the opening of the Springfield Gardens station, this area of Queens was serviced by units stationed at EMS Station 50 located on the grounds of Queens General Hospital Center .

The project was administered by The Department of Design and Construction. The architectural firm of Beyan Karahan and Associates designed the facility and the LiRO Group provided construction management. The General Contractor was THC Realty Development Corp.


Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / David biling (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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