Work on the new Hillcrest FDNY Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station has ignited.
Construction recently began on the new station, which will be located on the Queens Hospital Center campus on Goethals Avenue, after the site’s permits were approved.
The center is expected to cost $19 million and will be the largest EMS station in Queens at 13,000 square feet. Dean/Wolf Architects is working on the project, which will house training facilities, blood-borne pathogen decontamination areas, and parking spaces.
The new building will be two stories, made of glass, metal and concrete. It will house five ambulances, staff offices and equipment storage and lockers for about 100 EMS personnel.
The station will serve neighborhoods as far north as Whitestone and as far south as Howard Beach.
In a ground-breaking ceremony for the project in December, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano praised the new center, citing the growing need for medical services.
“As call volume for medical emergencies has continued to grow, including a record-setting 1.3 million calls in 2012, the department has worked to increase the number of our EMS stations in an effort to further lower response times and position resources where they are most needed,” Cassano said.