Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps moved into their new facility on Route 20 at the beginning of February with the help of town, village and school district employees.
"We were just amazed," said Eric Byers, Chief of Operations. Every single thing was moved from the old location to the new in about an hour and a half. "We never missed a beat," Byers said.
The new facilities feature two bathrooms on each floor, compared to one bathroom for both floors in the old facility. There are crew quarters on the second floor and a large training on the first floor, where CAVAC hopes to hold community CPR and health training in the future.
CAVAC covers basically the Cazenovia School District, and it was important for the new facility to be in the center of the village.
Byers was thankful for the Lucas family for offering a piece of their property for the construction; if they hadn't found there current location, CAVAC may have moved to Nelson.
While there were some concerns about the visibility of ambulances in the new Route 20 location, Byers said the visibility is a great improvement over the previous location.
"Nothing could be worse than where we were before" as far as visibility is concerned, Byers said.
CAVAC recently released a list of frequently asked questions about the new facility and CAVAC in general to address community concerns.
Why did CAVAC build a new facility?
Our beloved Carpenter's Barn home requires significant restoration and modifications to meet the functional requirements of a modern ambulance corps. Undertaking a historical restoration would have greatly distracted CAVAC from its mission of providing emergency medical services.
Where is the new CAVAC facility located?
Our new facility is located at 106 Nelson Street at the eastern edge of the village.
What will happen to Carpenter's Barn?