Local and county officials cut the ribbon on Friday to officially open the county’s newest EMS station in Mount Olive.
The half-million-dollar, state-of-the-art facility is the third of four new EMS stations in Wayne County. The final one is expected to open on Miller’s Chapel Road in Goldsboro later this summer.
Wayne County Commissioner Wayne Aycock told people in attendance at the Friday event that when the four are completed, the EMS response time will be a minimum of eight minutes throughout the county, which was the reason for the four new stations.
The newest one in Mount Olive is located on Northeast Church Road, near U.S. Highway 117 Alternate.
The station is operational now with one unit, but Wayne County Facilities Director Kendall Lee told the Tribune the 2,400-square-foot facility has two bays that can handle up to four units as the area grows.
It also provides space for offices, communications, sleeping and cooking.
Mount Olive Town Commissioner Barbara Kornegay, who spoke for County Commissioner Ed Cromartie, who was on vacation, told those in attendance that the residents of Mount Olive are grateful for the new station.
She and Mayor Joe Scott called it “another great day for Mount Olive.”
The old rescue facility on Northwest Center Street, now closed, will be renovated to accommodate the town’s police department, officials said.