Ada County Paramedics Hold Ribbon Cutting to Open New Star Station
Posted on 02-12-2010
Today Ada County Paramedics and county officials joined with Star Mayor Nathan Mitchell and members of the community for an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new Ada County Paramedics station in Star.
This new Paramedics station will serve Star, West Eagle and Northwest Ada County. Station #38 accommodates up to three Paramedics to provide area residents with round-the-clock emergency medical services. The station includes one double-sided ambulance bay and three bedrooms to house the medics. “Previous to this station’s existence, we’ve had to send ambulances from our Garden City and Eagle stations to serve residents in Star and northwest Ada County,” said Ada County Paramedics Director Troy Hagen, “This new station will better serve residents in that area with prompt emergency medical service when they need it.”
Ada County Paramedics has strategically placed stations throughout the county to provide the most comprehensive emergency medical services to county residents. Residents in the once more rural Star area are now covered with high-quality emergency medical services within just minutes. Locating this new station in Star further helps Ada County Paramedics reach their ongoing goal to respond to 90-percent of emergency calls within the national standard of nine minutes or less.
In addition to comments from Hagen and other officials today, Ada County Paramedic and Star resident Dina Hardaway shared a personal story of assisting a neighbor and fellow Star resident recently, when the neighbor’s young child was having difficulty breathing. “Knowing that I’m a Paramedic, she called and asked for help when her daughter was experiencing difficulty breathing,” said Hardaway. “As we sat there waiting for an ambulance to respond from Meridian, I managed to stabilize the child until the ambulance arrived. As a mother, it’s priceless to me knowing that we now have a Paramedic station located in our community.”
Today’s open house also offered residents the opportunity to receive a $5 discount on an Ada County Paramedics Neighbors for Life membership. This program is designed to help cover the cost of emergency ambulance transport services provided by Ada County Paramedics. Neighbors for Life members who have existing health insurance or Medicare/Medicaid coverage will typically have no out of pocket expense for emergency ambulance transport services from Ada County Paramedics. Uninsured Neighbors for Life members are only responsible for the first $100 of emergency ambulance transport costs through Ada County Paramedics. More information about Ada County Paramedics and the Neighbors for Life program can be found by visiting www.adaparamedics.org.
The new Star Ada County Paramedics Station is located at 8826 W. State Street, west of Highway 16.