New Ambulance Station Cuts Response Times

July 8, 2019

If you have a medical emergency in the northeast part of Greene County, help is closer than before.

Mercy EMS has partnered with the Fair Grove Fire Protection District to house an advanced life support ambulance at its headquarters, which is located near the intersection of Highway 65 and Old Mill Road at 340 W. Eagle Ridge Road.

“We couldn’t think of a better partnership for the community,” said Fair Grove Fire Chief Erich Higgins. “This is a game-changer for everyone who lives in the northeast part of the county. Response times will be dramatically reduced for the emergency medical calls handled by the District.”

EMS-Ribbon-Cut-web Officials from Mercy and the Fair Grove Fire Protection District cut the ribbon on the area of the new fire headquarters that will house a Mercy ambulance and full-time EMS crew. From left: Erik Frederick, Mercy Hospital Springfield chief administrative officer; Bob Patterson, executive director of Mercy EMS Springfield Communities; Chief Erich Higgins, Fair Grove Fire Protection District; Bill Hennessey, vice president of Mission, Mercy Springfield Communities, and Dr. Tom Lewis, medical director for Mercy EMS.

Discussions about a possible EMS station began several years ago, as Fair Grove was transitioning to a full-time fire department and planning the new headquarters to house its crews.  

Before opening the new Fair Grove station, Mercy EMS crews respond from the north side of Springfield. “Putting an ambulance and crew in this new location will reduce response times for Fair Grove and surrounding areas,” said Bob Patterson, executive director for Mercy Emergency Medical Services. “We’re so glad we could add this crew and improve our service to this section of the county.”

Officials from Mercy and the Fair Grove Fire Protection District cut the ribbon and blessed the new space on Sunday, July 7. The event included community tours of both the facility and a Mercy Life Line helicopter. There is a landing space at the station in Fair Grove if an air ambulance is needed in that area.

EMS-Fair-Grove-web Emergency crews and community members gather for the blessing and ribbon cutting to celebrate the new EMS space inside the Fair Grove Fire Protection District.

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