Officials gathered Dec. 5 along a two-acre parcel on Indian Mission Road near Long Neck to break ground for a new 2,500-square-foot Sussex County Emergency Medical Services paramedic station. Medic Station 106 should be open for business in April, said Sussex EMS Director Robert Stuart.
Stuart said the station will be built with an eye to the future to accommodate growth in the Long Neck area.
Sussex County has leased space in Long Neck for the past 12 years – nine of those years at Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad just down the road – to provide service to the area. Stuart said Mid-Sussex alerted his department they needed the leased space for expansion more than a year ago. Since that time, Stuart and his staff looked at more than 30 locations in the Long Neck area. “We'll be able to stop years and years of renting,” Stuart said. The project will cost $593,000, paid for with county and state funds.
“This is a critical location; we need to be here today and into the future,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson.
The Long Neck station joins the Laurel station as the second county-built station of the eight stations in the EMS service. “To own and operate our own stations is the path for the future,” Lawson said.