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New home for local ambulance service closer to completion

November 29, 2013
ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - When Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service member Judy Shea picked up envelopes for the group's annual fund-drive mailing on Friday, Nov. 22, she was more than happy to give the News a tour of the service's addition.

The LPVAS outgrew its original building on Mill Pond Drive years ago. Built in 1976 - the year this private, nonprofit service was founded - the two-door, red-and-white structure will eventually be torn down. The new three-door brown building stretches to Dow Street near the park on the shore of Mill Pond, where the service's four vehicles now access the garage.

"During the past year, the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service has been faced with many exciting and difficult challenges," wrote LPVAS President Larry Brockway in the fund-drive's annual "911 Call" letter. "The LPVAS has settled into our new addition."

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The Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service’s new building on Dow Street (Photo by Andy Flynn)

Work on the addition continues, even though the three ambulances and first-response "fly-car" are currently parked in the garage. Carpeting, for example, was installed by Young Lyon on Nov. 21, and the fresh carpet smell still lingered while Shea showed off the new digs. The cabinets and appliances still have to be moved from the old kitchen to the new one. The addition includes a decontamination and washing room and sleeping quarters, bringing the LPVAS into compliance with state regulations.

The fundraising thermometer on the Mill Pond Drive side of the building shows two phases of development for the addition. Phase one was the garage, and phase two was the office space on the second floor. The LPVAS is still seeking funds to complete the project.

The LPVAS is now undertaking a fund drive for $75,000 to finish the kitchen and demolish the 1976 ambulance bays. which Brockway called "structurally unsound" in his letter. The funds will also pay for the construction of a new entrance to the station on Mill Pond Drive once the original building is demolished.

Work at the LPVAS building would not be possible without donations from local businesses and foundations. A recent gift from the Uihlein Foundation, for example, helped pay for the finish work in the meeting and training areas.

"Through this generous donation, trainings can now be offered on site at the LPVAS for our members and other area departments and personnel, thus reducing the expense of sending our members to other locations to meet state-mandated training requirements," Brockway wrote.

To date, the LPVAS has responded to more than 1,000 emergency calls in 2013. The operating area includes the town of North Elba and the village of Lake Placid. In addition, the LPVAS provides advanced life support when requested to the towns of Wilmington, Keene and Jay. This service is handled by paid staff and volunteers.

The LPVAS is once again raising money this holiday season by selling Christmas trees at its 388 Mill Pond Dr. location. The trees are being provided by the Downes Family Tree Farm. The sale starts Friday, Nov. 29 with hours 3-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

For more information, contact the LPVAS at 523-9512.



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