TEGA CAY -- Emergency response times grow a little better in the Tega Cay area Saturday with the addition of a new Piedmont Medical Center EMS station at the Tega Cay Police Department on Tega Cay Drive.
Thanks to a lease deal worked out with the city, PMC now staffs 11 ambulances at nine stations throughout York County, according to PMC President and CEO Charles Miller. The station is the company's third in Fort Mill Township. Others are located on Tom Hall Street and on S.C. 160 West near Baxter Village.
"With the traffic along [Hwy.] 160, we want to have as good a response time as we can," Miller said. "We're continuing to evaluate needs in the county; One of the things I figured out quick was the landscape in York County moves like shifting sands."
City officials were glad to work with PMC.
"We saw it as an opportunity to enhance EMS service in the area," Tega Cay City Manager Grant Duffield said.
The lease comes with a parking space at the station for an ambulance and a ready room for paramedics and EMTs. It will be staffed 24 hours a day in 12-hour shifts, Miller said. Like the other PMC ambulances in the county, this one is equipped with the Advanced Life Support system that can transmit a patient's vital signs and condition to emergency room doctors while the vehicle is en route.
PMC has approximately 120 employees in its EMS service. County-wide, the service responds to an average of 1,700 calls each month.
"All of our units exceed [S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control] standards," Miller said.
The Tega Cay Rescue Squad also operates an ambulance in the city, which now has a population of more than 7,000 residents.
"The city has grown significantly recently," Duffield said. "Having another ambulance in the city will help us meet our public safety goals."