Ambulance service in Windsor to start next week

By Nicole Cooke -

By Nicole Cooke

The Pettis County Ambulance District is less than two weeks away from starting service for the Windsor Ambulance District, and it was reported during Tuesday night’s Board of Directors meeting that almost everything is ready.

PCAD will begin service Friday, March 3, a bit later than the original projected start date of mid-February. That delay was due to needing more time for installing and testing the communication systems for PCAD at the new Windsor site on Jackson Street and at Henry County Dispatch. During Tuesday’s meeting, PCAD Administrator Mike Gardner said the communication system is “99 percent finished.”

“They did some testing in the county. We’re waiting on one little piece of equipment in the dispatch center. It should be in (today) and they’ll start testing again Thursday or Friday,” Gardner said. “The big, main stuff is all done with that. They have to put a switch in the ambulance base, and all the equipment is there. We’ll be testing soon.”

Gardner said all modifications for the building are “really close to being done.” The flooring is complete, furniture will be delivered today and electrical work will begin Thursday.

Both carports have been removed, as have the trees that were an electrical hazard on the property. Security and camera systems have been installed, and phones and Internet service will be installed next week.

Gardner said he has a meeting scheduled with his staff today about the transition logistics of starting service in Windsor next Friday, and the Windsor employee schedule is being worked on. Board member Dave Clippert asked if Windsor employees would be supervised by whoever is on duty at PCAD headquarters in downtown Sedalia, and Gardner said yes, that would be the case.

“Our supervisors are going to manage the movement on the ambulances,” Gardner explained. “We’ll hear the tones and everything (at PCAD headquarters in Sedalia) and then down (in Windsor) they’ll be able to hear all of our tones. They’ll be able to keep track of what’s going on up here and what’s going on down there.”

The board approved a bid from Preferred Builders for $130,575 for designing and building an ambulance garage at the Windsor site. The bid was the lowest of the three received. Gardner noted the bid included an agreement to have the project completed 50 days from signing the contract, which would be contingent on when the other small building on the property will be removed.

As for the upcoming PCAD satellite site on state Route TT, the foundation has been poured and the safe room is “fairly well finished” as of earlier this week, according to board secretary Allan Rohrbach. Gardner added that the site’s well has been drilled. Rohrbach said the next step will be the floor, and he received information Tuesday from Rollings Architects that sewer pipes had been installed.

“They had some problems earlier because the ground was frozen,” Rohrbach said. “It’s moving, but not as fast as we’d like. It’ll move faster one of these days.”

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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