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New Beatty Volunteer Ambulance Facility opens

The Beatty Town Advisory Board meeting on Feb. 23 had a very light agenda, but it was notable because it was held in the training room of the town’s new ambulance barn.

It was the first time some of the board members had been inside the new 7,000-square-foot facility, and board members seemed universally pleased and impressed. Board treasurer Erika Gerling said, “It’s not like something in a little hick town.”

The board noted that it had taken a long time to get the project finished. The metal shell had sat unfinished inside for quite some time.

The building, officially called the Beatty Volunteer Ambulance Facility, features much more bay space than the old barn, and has doors that are two feet wider, making it easier to back the rigs in for parking.

The $441,000 project was funded by the county, Town of Beatty and grants.

Besides the training room, which also sports a kitchen, it has office space, lockers, a separate room for storing medical supplies, a bathroom with shower, a decontamination room, two dorm rooms, and an exercise room.

The Beatty Volunteer Ambulance Service hosted a dedication and open house on Feb. 21, to give the community an opportunity to get a look at it. Beatty Justice of the Peace Gus Sullivan was the keynote speaker. Nye County Emergency Services Director Vance Payne and Beatty Volunteer Ambulance Service Coordinator Allison Henderson also took part.

The ambulance service is still in the process of moving into its new home, and is running out of the old barn until the move is more complete.

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