RIDGWAY — Ridgway Ambulance Corp. has settled into its “dream home” on North Broad Street, upgrading to a 6,000-square-foot facility in a highly-improved location.
The former 4,000 square-foot station, also on North Broad Street right beside Sheetz, was not the ideal location for several reasons, said RAC Paramedic Supervisor Thor Lehman. The garage door opened onto a main highway, making it extremely difficult for ambulance personnel to get out when they needed to.
It was also very crowded, since there was only one room for three ambulances and a paramedic interceptor, which were basically “stacked on top of each other,” said Operations Manager Bob Marnatti. RAC’s off-road utility machine, used for wilderness rescues, had to be parked in a shed due to lack of space, Lehman noted.
RAC personnel moved to the 301 N. Broad St. station March 19, which was owned by the Aiello Family Trust. The two entities were able to swap buildings at very little cost to the RAC, said Lehman. The entire new building was gutted and renovated, with input from RAC personnel every step of the way.
Lehman, who worked at the prior station since 1999, had a major passion for being involved with the design of the new facility alongside the project engineer, picking everything from the paint colors and hardwood floors to the placement of things, following Federal…