The location is set for a new satellite station for the Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad adjacent to Laurel Terrace on Highway 64. Call volume and response times are the rationale behind the project, said GCRS Chief Jeremy Stewart.
“We have an increase in call volume and we can decrease our response times between Sapphire and [Highway] 107 South,” he said.
He added GCRS plans on keeping a rescue truck, crash truck (for wrecks), 1-2 ambulances, and rescue equipment at the new site.
The new station has been approved by the Jackson County Planning Commission but GCRS is still working on raising the $500K needed for the project, said GCRS Public Affairs Officer Nat Turner.
“The community has been very generous in the past and we hope to reach our goal and begin construction later this year,” said Turner.
He added that establishing a satellite station will increase their presence on Highways 107 South and 64 East and West.
“You can shave 10 minutes off responding to emergency calls, and those are precious minutes,” said Turner. “Given the growth of the population in this area, having a new station will allow us to better allocate our assets and improve response times on 107 South and 64 East and West.”
GCRS is currently finalizing contractor bids and value engineering the project.
On average, GCRS receives approx. 1000 calls a year, about 950 emergency calls and 50 search and rescue calls. The Squad is made up of two divisions, EMS and Rescue Services.
EMS has two, 2-person crews working 24/7, with two more crews on standby for larger incidents.
Rescue Services provide search and rescue, high-angle rescue, and vehicle extraction, to name a few.
Stay tuned as more information becomes available.