Rescue Squad moves into new headquarters

Aaron K. Nelson anelson@civitasmedia.com

April 18, 2014

PRESTONSBURG — Though their grand opening is still a month away, the new facility for the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad is up and running.

Construction began roughly a year ago, and has seen an outpouring of support from numerous organizations whose work has culminated in a sprawling complex including garages, bathrooms with showers, a museum area, a full service kitchen, common areas, office space, and an emergency operations center where rescue efforts can be coordinated.

The facility has been appraised at $1.2 million, but thanks to the work of electricians, plumbers, IT specialists, and other helping hands in the community—too numerous to name here—the cost to the rescue squad was estimated at $434,000. To help with that, the state has chipped in $200,000.

As of now, the buy-a-brick program is still open, and those interested can visit fcers.org to order one. The website also shows off a detailed floor plan, an extensive history of the squad’s foundation, and details about signing up for their Moving Water Rescue Training. MWRT classes begin this month, with the National Guard in attendance, and five class sessions are being offered throughout the summer.

The FCERS is ranked as the top organization of its kind in the state, and third in the nation.

A date for the new facility’s official grand opening has yet to be finalized, but is expected to be some time in May. The monument outside will be revealed, rescue squad members will be giving tours of the new building, and several prominent elected officials are expected to be on hand.