Johnsburg EMS Opens New Building
The ambulances are in their bays, crews are standing by. After many years of hope and planning and hard work, the new home for the Johnsburg Emergency Squad is now in operation.
The building stands as a strong and proud testament to the community and the hundreds of people who donated their time and money to make the dream possible. The squad encourages everyone to stop by and take a tour, and an official Open House will be held on June 4th, a day of thanks and celebration. The old squad building, at the corner of Route 8 and Peaceful Valley, will now serve as a much needed shelter for the Town’s Parks Department.
That space, an addition to the old Scout Hall, was erected in 1999, and served the all-volunteer squad well, but as the group grew and evolved into a professional corps, with three ambulances and paid paramedics on duty around the clock, the old addition couldn’t keep up. In 2010 the squad purchased the property at 624 Peaceful Valley Road, a small lot, centrally located. They formed a Building Committee who met every month, researching and refining designs until they found the perfect balance, one that served the expanded needs of the squad, while also keeping costs down. In 2012, a three year fundraising campaign began. The squad sent out an annual letter asking residents for help, and every year they gave what they could. The donations account continued to grow, and with the help of a loan from the New York State Emergency Services Revolving Loan, the squad was ready to build.
The goal from the beginning was to use local contractors and suppliers. Bret Winchip, of Chestertown, was the design engineer, and Michael Bowers, of North Creek, donated much of his time as Construction Manager. T.C. Murphy, of Wevertown, provided most of the materials, most at a steep discount. Site preparation was helped significantly by the donation of many cubic yards of gravel from Darren West of Saratoga Springs. Other area contractors were Gallup Concrete, Perkins Excavating, JR Pratt Excavating, Falzerano Plumbing, Knickerbocker Electric, Choptank Mills, and AJ Catalfamo of Hudson Falls. Many others helped, no one more than the squad’s former President, Kelly Nessle, whose dedication to this dream not only saw it to completion, but kept it under budget as well.
The building has two bedrooms, two offices, a lounge and kitchen, and its three bays will finally allow all the squad’s vehicles to stay under one roof. It is extremely efficient, well insulated and heated with solar energy. It’s a modest building, but well-built, and will serve and care for the people of Johnsburg for many generations to come.