Wise County EMS began emergency response from its newly opened station 4 last week, helping relieve call volume and improve response times in the southern portion of the county.
The station at 999 Illinois Lane is inside the City of New Fairview’s multipurpose building. It’s outfitted with three bedrooms and a kitchen and is currently staffed by two Wise County EMS medics. The station houses the agency’s Medic 4 ambulance.
“The benefit is twofold,” said Wise County EMS Administrator Randall Preuninger. “It’s going to take and reduce the call load on our Boyd station, due to the growth in that part of the county. It’s just going to reduce the call volume and workload off of them. Transportation time is high. Wise Health System in Decatur is our closest medical facility, and calls down there can take twice as long as a call coming out of Decatur.”
“The other benefit is response time,” he added. “The response times have been really good. Just on the calls we ran since we opened, the reduction in response time has been fantastic.”
Wise County EMS started responding to calls from the new station June 14.
In May, the New Fairview City Council approved additional work to finish out the station, setting a $45,000 limit on expenditures.
The city will pursue an interlocal agreement on how it will share costs with the county in the future, said New Fairview City Administrator John Cabrales.
“As someone that’s been over police and fire departments in the past, reducing response time is lifesaving,” Cabrales said. “The quicker you can get on the scene, the quicker you can help someone in distress. Fortunately, the city council and Wise County Commissioners had the vision to realize they can improve response time for this area. This is really going to help our residents, and residents in Rhome and in the unincorporated portions of the county.”
The station has been a goal of Wise County EMS since 2019.
The multi-purpose building also houses city equipment and two bays for the East Wise Volunteer Fire Department.
The City of New Fairview is hosting a ribbon-cutting 6 to 8 p.m. Friday to display the new facility to the community.
Hamburgers, hot dogs and snow cones will be served at the free event. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the city will host a movie on an inflatable screen starting at 9 p.m.