By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — EMTs in Boyceville are expecting to move into their new ambulance station by January 1.
Matt Feeney, director of the Boyceville ambulance service, reported on the status of construction on the new station at the Boyceville Community Ambulance District’s December 10 meeting.
Design Built is officially done with the shell of the building, Feeney said.
The inside of the building is being framed up, and the wiring is being installed, he said.
One company had planned to donate the electrical work but due to their own work schedule, were unable to provide an electrician right now, Feeney said.
Abe’s Electric out of Chippewa Falls has agreed to be the electrician for the job, he said.
Feeney, along with Andrew Kissh, a lieutenant with the ambulance service, are certified Wisconsin electrician’s helpers.
Feeney said that he and Kissh will be doing the electrical wiring at the ambulance station and then Abe’s Electric will inspect the work.
“We both have experience with wiring,” he noted.
The goal is to make it “move in capable” by December 21, and “we are making progress,” Feeney said.
“It is coming along very well,” he said.
Wal-Mart Distribution out of Menomonie will be donating “smart” televisions for the new station, Feeney said.
Beds and chairs have been ordered for the new station, and the Boyceville Ambulance Association will be paying for the beds and chairs and donating them, he said.
Feeney said he had also met with the board of directors for a foundation in Minnesota that was founded by the parents of one of Boyceville’s EMTs.
Foundation members had approached the Boyceville ambulance service and said they wanted to donate money, he said.
Feeney said he expected to find out in a day or two how much the foundation would award to Boyceville.
Herb Dow, a trustee on the Boyceville Village Board, is a founding member of the Boyceville ambulance service, Feeney said.
Dow is working on compiling a list of all who have worked as EMTs in Boyceville to invite them to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, he said.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will most likely be held at the end of January or in February, he said.
A grand opening for the general public will be held during Emergency Medical Services week in May, Feeney said.
The telephone number for Boyceville’s new ambulance station is (715) 643-3911, and the fax number is (715) 643-3912.
The Boyceville Community Ambulance District meets next on January 14 at 7 p.m. following the Boyceville Community Fire District meeting.