EAVES looks to build $1.2M ambulance station

The current EAVES building is on town-owned land on New Venture Gear Drive.

The current EAVES building is on town-owned land on New Venture Gear Drive. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— They’ve been there since 1976, but Eastern Area Volunteer Emergency Services is looking to move from their home base on New Venture Gear Drive.

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WHAT Pig Roast to support EAVES’ new building

WHEN Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 14

WHERE EAVES Ambulance, 6440 New Venture Gear Drive, East Syracuse

COST Adults pay $10, Seniors $8, children $7. Delivery is available to seniors within the district. Delivery can be set up at 437-0939

More information available at http://eavesambul...

The ambulance service is seeking to build a $1.2 million facility near Kirkville Road, replacing the building it currently owns. The service has outgrown its current facility, said EAVES director of operations Vincent Stevenson.

The building was given to EAVES after an explosion in the former town water department at the same location. EAVES has since made additions and small renovations to the property as the owner of the building. The town still owns the land.

“It’s not always what we wanted or needed, but it’s what we could afford,” said Stevenson.

The garages leave barely enough room for the ambulance rigs to get into the bays — drivers have to physically bump into the back wall in order for the doors to close. Emergency vehicles are stored in two separate locations on the same property. A garage behind the building was built by EAVES personnel, in order to save on construction costs.

There is roof damage in the bathrooms, and not enough bedrooms for staffers staying during long shifts.

In 2005, water rose in the building, high enough to reach the EMTs’ knees. More than $100,000 worth of damage was done when the wetlands and creek near the building flooded. In the seven years since, the building and property has had a tendency to flood.

Fixing the building would be too costly for the service, which runs off donations and payments received from ambulance transports.

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