PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 10/17/13
The Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad is getting closer to moving into their new headquarters in Prestonsburg and thanks to community support, the building is being built for less than half of its value.
Squad officials say the building is nothing short of a miracle and an example of a complete community effort. The building now stands with several weeks of hard work put into the new headquarters...a state of the art, million dollar building, being built for a price tag of just $350,000.
Captain Tim Cooley says, "That's because of the people in this county who have worked to donate materials...it wouldn't have happened otherwise."
The project's contractor is working for free, the roof installed for free, electricians and plumbers also working at no charge. Big Sandy Heating and Cooling also stepping up to donate both time and materials to a project owners say they are happy to be a part of.
Jerry Price says, "Glad to pitch in for a great cause. The Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad is a great cause and that's why we are out here and glad to be a part of it."
Captain Cooley, says folks help build the building truly out of the goodness of their hearts, "That is the reason I love this town and why I've been here all but one year of my life and that was the first year I was born...shows you they are some of the best."
Officials say it looks like they will be able to start moving equipment into their new headquarters by late November.
Officials are planning a formal grand opening for the first of the year when the community will be able to tour the facility and museum dedicated to the 1958 Floyd County School Bus crash victims.
ORIGINAL STORY 7/7/13
The Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad has expanded through the years, even adding a swift water rescue training course. However, with the expansions the squad has outgrown its current headquarters which has limited space with only one bay.
Squad Captain Tim Cooley says, "Having one bay to get in and out and make our calls...that golden hour means a lot for us."
Now, a project several years in the making is taking shape. Cooley says, "There is the footprint beginning and once the concrete pad is poured, I feel it goes up pretty quick before your eyes."
The new headquarters will have eight bays, but it is not just the added space the squad is looking forward to.
Cooley says, "There will be a very serious area for us, the history of our squad and those who have helped over the years."
A museum is planned to pay tribute to the squad's history. The squad was formed following the 1958 Floyd County School Bus Crash. Cooley says, "That was the day Floyd County stopped, when those children and the driver lost their lives, and those that suffered."
The museum will honor these children and the squad's founding members like, James B. Goble, who lost his three children in the crash. Newspaper articles and items like the original drag used to recover bodies will be in the museum.
Floyd County Judge Executive and former squad member, R.D. "Doc" Marshall says, "In 1958, when this tragedy occurred we did not have the means to recover and do the things that needed to be done, but some 50 years later we do have those means."
They say that is because of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears from folks in the community through the years.
Squad members say they hope to be moved into their new headquarters this fall.