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GLENVILLE, N.Y. -- Mohawk Ambulance Service is showing off energy efficient upgrades made to their new service station in Glenville.
"Well it allowed us to get into the building, energy efficient upgrades both on the HVAC system, insulation and lighting. It really provided us with lower cost of operation," said Jim McPartlon, Vice President of Mohawk Ambulance Service.
The energy and money saving improvements were made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from National Grid's Main Street Revitalization Program.
"This is a program through National Grid that is designed to take empty buildings, buildings that potentially might cause blight in a commercial corridor and get it back and that's exactly what we did with this grant," said Glenville Town Supervisor Christ Koetzle.
A brand new heating system for the station’s ambulance bay isn’t just saving money, it's also saving lives.
“They are part of our life saving. If our equipment isn't kept at the proper temperature or our medication or IV fluids aren't kept at the proper temperature, we can't well treat our patients,” said Daniel Gilmorn, Director of Operations and a paramedic.
The Glenville station is Mohawks' newest service station, opening its doors last June, brining lifesaving service to this community.
McPartlon said, “Our presence here allows us to reduce our response time in the Town of Glenville by as much as two to three minutes and that can make a huge difference in saving somebody's life.”