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Morehead officials cut ribbon on new ambulance garage

Sydney Graham

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Monday for a new ambulance garage and EMS facility in Morehead.

Named after former Rowan County EMT John “Pete” B. Hamm, officials said Station 2 will make faster response times possible.

Danny Blevins, former Rowan EMS director, spoke at the ceremony and said the state-of-the-art facility will help emergency responders do an even better job of serving the community.

“I just want the people of Rowan County to know they’ve got a group of dedicated individuals here that are community-minded and want to definitely serve the people of this community when they need them,” said Blevins. “Vulnerable populations, our elderly, our folks that whether injured or ill, we want to provide them a service and get them through that crisis.”

The ambulances will be responsible for responding to calls from Morehead and Rowan County and will share this workload with Station 1 located on the other end of town.

“We’ve got a facility now that can feel safe in as far as disasters such as storm events and things like that. They got a good location to respond, centrally respond, to a big portion of Rowan County and the city of Morehead so the crews will have state-of-the-art facilities where they can come back, service their equipment, clean their equipment, and be ready for the next call,” said Blevins.

Blevins added that the county also acquired new defibrillators, which transmit patient information directly to St. Claire hospital, and officials said they expect three new ambulances to be delivered to the county by this summer.

The garage was partially funded by $1 million from the Governor’s office. Station 2 is located just off U-S 60 between the intersections of Kentucky 519 and Flemingsburg Road in Morehead.