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Northfield EMS’s new home on horizon

NORTHFIELD — The town’s ambulance service will soon move out of the fire station and into a home of its own.

On Dec. 1, Mark Fortier, chief of Northfield’s Emergency Medical Services, will get the keys to the former Sunoco station at 41 Main St.

The Selectboard approved a one-year lease of the station, which is owned by A.R. Sandri Inc.

Fortier said several people in the community have offered to pick up hammers and paintbrushes, and do whatever they can to help turn the building into the ambulance service’s new headquarters.

“We hope to start renovations within the next week,” said Fortier. “I think we missed our window of opportunity to paint the exterior, but we can work on the inside, and be ready to paint in the spring.”

He said the building could be ready for a Dec. 1 move-in if he gets clearance to start the renovations a couple weeks early.

Fortier said the lease is being done on a yearly basis so that the department would be able to join the fire and police departments in a future public safety complex. A $7.5 million complex was proposed and defeated at the May town meeting, and the Emergency Services Facility Committee was sent back to the drawing board.

Until they can come up with a plan that’s approved by the town, the old Sunoco station will serve as the department’s home. It has room for growth, with two garage bays to the town’s single ambulance.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Selectboard agreed to have Fortier sit down with Gray and one of the Erving selectmen to draft a mission statement for a committee to explore a regional ambulance service shared by the two towns.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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