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July 22, 2016

DDC and FDNY Join to Open New EMS Station in Jamaica, Queens

New $22 million EMS 50 to house ambulances, emergency response vehicles

A streetview of the new EMS 50 in Queens.
New EMS Station 50 in Jamaica, Queens. Photo credit: Paul Warchol

Shavone Williams
Public Information Officer

Dan Leibel
Junior Public Information Officer

Queens, NY—New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora and Fire Department Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro joined today to officially open the new EMS Station 50 in Jamaica, Queens. Located on the grounds of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, the unique, cantilevered building can house six ambulances and one Major Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV). The 13,000 square-foot facility is the largest EMS station in Queens and the new home of Queens EMS Borough Command.

“DDC is proud to deliver, in support of the Mayor’s vision for an environmentally sustainable and equitable City, a new and inviting Emergency Medical Services Station,” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. “The cantilevered design protects underground utilities that serve the adjacent hospital, while the signature red overhead garage doors instantly identify to New Yorkers that the building is part of FDNY. The resilience of the building matches the resilience of our brave emergency responders, and it is a structure that will strengthen the neighborhood for years to come.”

“With the opening of a new EMS Station 50, we have more than doubled the number of EMS stations citywide in the twenty years since the merger of New York City’s Emergency Medical Service and the FDNY,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Today our members respond to more calls than ever before, including 1.7 million responses in the last year alone. To meet this unprecedented demand, we will continue to invest in our EMS resources and position our highly-trained Paramedics, EMTs and Officers where they can quickly and effectively respond when they are needed most.”

The building’s steel superstructure is anchored in a concrete foundation. The taut glass and aluminum exterior surfaces of the building are designed to impart a modern appearance, while the custom concrete walls emulate the tilt of the building and interact with the flashing lights of emergency vehicles.

DDC's project team at the ribbon cutting at EMS 50 in Jamaica, Queens.
DDC's project team at the ribbon cutting at EMS 50 in Jamaica, Queens.

The building includes locker rooms a kitchen area and a fitness center for FDNY personnel. EMS Station 50 will run 30 Basic and Advanced Life Support ambulance tours daily, as well six conditions cars operated by FDNY EMS Officers.

DDC has several other projects ongoing with the FDNY, including renovating the famous Ladder 8 firehouse in Manhattan and constructing a new Rescue 2 station in Brooklyn.

About the NYC Department of Design and Contruction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s lenses of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, new or upgraded roadways, sewers, water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $15 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative, and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to city projects. For more information, please visit