EMS to pay for new $7.5 million facility

Officials say they've been saving up for years

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:18pm

Many public agencies are trying to figure out how to do more with less, but Baton Rouge EMS officials say they've been saving up for a rainy day, and hope to build a new facility.

The agency has shared a building with the city police department downtown for the past 20 years.

During that time, EMS expanded, and officials say, they've outgrown the building.

Plans for the new facility are underway.

Officials say it would cost an estimated $7.5 million.

"We knew it was coming and we know there's other agencies in city-parish that also need new facilities so we're thankful that we have this opportunity to have the money here and not have to go to the voters or anything like that for any additional funds," said EMS Assistant Director Chad Guillot.

The new EMS headquarters would be a part of the parish's public safety complex on Harding Boulevard.

The proposal will go before the EBR Metro Council for approval Wednesday night.