Rescue squad building nears completion

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

September 5, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — The new Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Facility is inching closer to completion, as crews began laying the metal roof this week.

The new headquarters, which will be named the Alexander Willis Rescue Facility, is located near the mouth of Cliff on Old Abbott Mountain Road. The new facility is planned to be modern in design, featuring eight truck bays and plenty of room to house the squad’s moving water rescue boats and extrication units. The building will also house a new Emergency Operations Center that can be utilized by the county and surrounding counties.

According to the squads Public Information Officer Jennifer Bailey, the new building has been financed by both coal severance tax receipts and donations.

“We have had such a tremendous amount of support from the people in our community,” Bailey said. “People have come together to donate their time, equipment, and money to see this building become a reality.”

The squad is also selling decorative personalized bricks which will adorn the interior of the building’s foyer upon completion. The bricks will be on sale through December. Memorial bricks will be purchased by the squad for the founding members, as well as each of the 27 people who perished in the school bus accident.

The Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad has called its current headquarters, located just off Court Street, home since the group’s founding in 1958. The all-volunteer organization was founded following the tragic school bus disaster which claimed the lives of 26 school children and their driver. The building will be decorated in honor of those 27 victims.

For information on the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad, call (606) 886-8114.

Davis Bros. Construction is donating the equipment and labor to make the ground ready to begin construction.

The rescue squad hopes to be able to take up residence in the new building before end of the year.