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Oldham County EMS to get new headquarters

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OLDHAM COUNTY , Ky. (WDRB) – Oldham County EMS is getting a new headquarters, and it could mean faster response times throughout the county.

Currently, the headquarters for emergency medical services in Oldham County is in Buckner, but work has already begun to build a new facility in La Grange next to Baptist Health.

“It almost puts us at the exact center of where a high volume of our runs are,” EMS director Todd Early said. “It’ll make our job easier. We’ll be more efficient.”

Back in 2011, Oldham County EMS was the subject of a series of WDRB investigations that uncovered a sex scandal involving EMS leadership and concerns of low morale. Emergency ambulance tax district board chairman David Thompson and then EMS Director Ron Wilder were forced to resign.

Shortly thereafter, Oldham County agreed to pay Baptist Health Northeast more than $2 million to manage EMS in the county. Leaders say the combination of the two has led to better trust and better service for the community.

“We work on a lot of protocols together,” Baptist Health La Grange President Chris Roty said. “We have a lot of stroke protocols ... we work together on them, and it's allowed us to become a stroke certified hospital.”

The new headquarters, which has already broken ground, is set to be more than 10,000 square-feet, four pull-through ambulance bays and a large training area for paramedics and EMTs.

“We'll have resources at La Grange and in Buckner,” Early said. “The idea is a good mapping system to keep response times fast. That's your goal constantly - to use the resources to the best of your ability.”

The current headquarters will be used as an EMS substation.

“It'll put more of our resources here,” Early said. “I think it'll disperse us and get the resources closer to where they're needed the majority of the time.”

The total cost of the project will be around $2.5 million according to the taxing district.

“We did not increase the property tax rate for the taxing district, and we don't intend to,” said Steve Turover with the Oldham County EMS taxing district. “We have sufficient resources to pay for this.”

The headquarters is expected to be operational in May of 2016.

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