Thursday, June 14, 2012

6/14/2012 News Chronicle Article

Emergency services center set to open

Home sweet (new) home. The Vigilant Hose Co. and Shippensburg Area EMS take possession of their new joint headquarters Saturday in an afternoon ceremony. The $7 million station will relieve crowded conditions and outdated facilities at the separate locations they now occupy. (Photo by Trisha Grace)

Saturday ceremony marks new era for volunteers

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012 2:35 PM EDT
After 170 years in one place, Vigilant Hose Co. volunteers are “sad to be leaving, but happy to be going” from their cramped, but familiar, home to an expansive new headquarters.

Ambulance personnel from Shippensburg Area EMS are happy to be going along as the two companies partner in their new station at the intersection of Orange Street and Walnut Bottom Road.

A procession of men, women and apparatus marks the official move Saturday when personnel from the two companies march down Orange Street in the most anticipated, and least advertised, parade in local memory.

A departure ceremony is slated for 1 p.m. at the current station in the 100 block of East King Street – a location occupied by the Vigilants since their inception in 1843. A ribbon cutting follows at the new Shippensburg Emergency Services Building at 2 p.m.

Ambulance personnel have been working out of a former residential building a block east of the Vigilant Hose station for several years since the ambulance service split with the CV Hose Co. The quarters is cramped and outdated. Apparatus are parked outdoors with exposure to weather and storage is nearly nonexistent.

The $7 million facility waiting in Shippensburg Township just across the Shippensburg borough border is a palace by comparison. Ironically, it occupies space created when the former University Lodge Motel was damaged heavily by fire.

The community is encouraged to attend this historic event for the two emergency services organizations, that have served the Shippensburg Area for a combined 240 years. The public is invited to tour the new facility Saturday, and visit with responders from both organizations.

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