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City dedicates new Emergency Medical Services building

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By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Paramedics will have a new base in metro Honolulu. A 2,320 square-foot building at 1426 Young Street will be the permanent headquarters for two Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulance units and an EMS District Chief.

EMS Chief Patricia Dukes said the new facility will be home base for units that were based at Straub Hospital and Kuakini Medical Center.

"This is a residential community and having two ambulances down here to cover both up and down is huge.  This is a very busy area, particularly at night," Dukes said.

Dukes said the area averages about 10,000 emergency calls a year.

The units will be equipped for advanced life support, with paramedics taking care of anything short of surgery.

The city provided the property and the state contributed $3.2 million for construction.

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