Morgan County EMS began operating out of its new station on December 31, 2020. The new station is located at 123 Winchester Street in Paw Paw, just across the street from the town office.
Crews staff this station with two personnel — one as an EMT and the other as a paramedic — 24 hours a day, said Morgan County EMS CEO Kevin Duckwall.
The EMS operation moved out of their temporary home in Paw Paw’s fire station, which has housed ambulances in the western end of the county for several years under contract with the EMS company.
Two units are stationed in the western station — an Advanced Life Support (ALS) and a Basic Life Support unit.
“This allows the staffed ALS unit to respond immediately to 911 calls, while the second is available to respond with off duty employees who live in the area,” said Duckwall.
Units in the Paw Paw station have a primary first due response area of the western portion of Morgan County. They also provide mutual aid to other EMS and first responders in specifically-designated areas of Hampshire and Allegheny Counties.
“The station was designed to support 24-hour operations,” Duckwall said.
Two ambulance bays total 1,800 square feet and house the units, while the 2,000-square-ft. living area has office space for completing reports, a kitchen / day room, separate locker, bath and sleeping quarters for men and women.
Duckwall said the station is fully sprinkled, covered by a fire alarm and security/camera system. It is also equipped with its own generator, which can support all of the electrical requirements in it, he said.
“This station has been designed to serve the citizens and visitors of Morgan County for many years into the future,” said Duckwall.
Morgan County EMS is under contract with the Morgan County Commission to provide 24/7 ambulance response to the residents of the county. Property owners pay an annual ambulance fee to cover the cost of the EMS contract.