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Article published February 7, 2013
Cranberry EMS gets OK on $1.6M for construction
CRANBERRY TWP — Supervisors Thursday evening gave the final go-ahead on a new Emergency Medical Services building by approving $1.6 million in construction contracts for the project. The board also approved a service and lease agreement with Cranberry EMS, the township’s emergency medical service provider. The new facility will be an 8,103-square-foot, two-story building that will include six ambulance bays. It also will have office space and living quarters, as well as a small recreation area for employees. The building’s exterior would be similar in appearance to the fire station next door. The following contracts were approved: $874,000 general construction to R. G. Glancy & Sons; $379,950 electrical contract to Fuellgraf Electrical Company; $174,500 plumbing contract to Shipley Brothers Construction; and $175,900 mechanical contract to D. & G. Mechanical. The EMS service now operates out of a building on Thomson Park Drive that it leases from UPMC Passavant. Because that building has become insufficient, the township planned to build the new facility just north of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Station on Route 19. Calls answered last year increased 13 percent from the previous year as the Cranberry EMS responded to 3,464 calls. This year, Cranberry EMS officials project their call volume to increase at least 10 percent and call responses to increase to 3,828.