Multi-million dollar ambulance facility planned for Central Oahu

Published: Oct. 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - $3.85 million dollars has been released by the state government for the construction of an ambulance facility in Central Oahu, according to a statement from Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui's office.

The release of the general obligation funds will provide for the plans, design, construction and equipment for the facility, which will be located in the Waipio area.

"Through this great collaborative effort between the city and the state, residents in Leeward Oahu will receive enhanced emergency and patient care services with this new Central Oahu Emergency Medical Services Facility," said Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui.

"Providing for the health and safety of our citizens is one of the city's most vital functions," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "The city is proud to work with the state and the legislature to ensure that we provide critical care and are responsive to the emergency and medical services needs for Central Oahu."

The Waipio EMS unit has been serving the Central Oahu community since 2008. Currently, the EMS unit is operating out of a building on Ukee Street in Waipio. The unit responds to an average of 14 emergency calls per day.

The Central Oahu EMS Facility will also serve as the Emergency Operations Center of the EMS.

The multi-purpose, multi-function facility includes a communication center and office space includes a full back-up EMS Communications Center. A photovoltaic system, solar water heating, and full back-up generator power will be installed.

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