"That way, if an officer arrives three or four minutes ahead of the ambulance, he can be ready with an overall assessment of the scene," Cloud said. "Three or four minutes can be a lot of time in an emergency situation."
Chester is considering designs for a new public safety building
he anticipated the price tag would be around $3 million.
Cloud said land behind the building would be used for outdoor training fields.
Grant funds have already paid for a centralized emergency communication system used by all three agencies, he said.
house ambulance, police and fire services under one roof.
Next month, the building committee will meet again with the architects and try to pin down the overall cost of the project.
Holden said the analysis showed that police currently operate in a space one quarter of what they should have, and fire and ambulance services are housed in a space one third of what would be considered optimal.
CHESTER A trapezoidal shaped swatch of hilly land off Route 11 is now public property.
Spaulding and the town hall staff are organizing a pig roast, one of several community events that will raise funds to furnish the new public safety building.
The Chester Rod and Gun Club is also putting together a marksmanship competition that will pit teams from the three emergency departments against each other and teams from the community. The date for that event has not been set.
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The relationship between the agencies is so unique that architects of the new building, Kaestle Boos of Connecticut, were amazed, Holden said.
The 4.3 acre lot was purchased for $47,000 as the future home of a centralized public safety building to Green Nike Air Max 95
"We hope to seek grant funding for as much of it as possible," Holden said.
Fire equipment and first response vehicles would be based on the top floor flush with Route 11.
A lower floor would house police and ambulance headquarters, along with shared locker rooms and a fitness room.
Holden, who is an intermediate level emergency services technician and a part time police officer, is the assistant chairman of a building committee knee deep in design planning.
Police Chief Richard Cloud, who is head of the building committee, said 90 percent of his police force also serves on the Fire Department.
The trio of first response agencies in Chester have worked Air Max Shoes For Women together to envision a headquarters that will optimize cross training already in place between them.
He said town police respond to all fire and ambulance calls. Police officers are trained as emergency medical technicians and the squad cars all carry defibrillators.
Right now, police headquarters are situated in a side office of the town hall and the fire and ambulance stations are ensconced in a section of the town garage, also home to the town highway department.
The public safety building would also have a kitchen area and a training room for use in public safety classes or other types of community service programs, Holden said.
The architects have drawn a preliminary set of floor plans for the proposed public safety building, which would be built in two levels on the hilly location.
"I can't emphasize enough how well these departments work together," he said.
"People get more bang for their buck when services work together," Spaulding said.
"There are 26 firefighters, about the same number on the ambulance squad, four full time and four half time police officers."
"They specialize in designing facilities that combine public safety agencies and have built a number of these."
Town Manager Susan Spaulding said cooperation among the emergency personnel is important to the people of Chester.
As part of a master plan, architects reviewed existing needs and then projected out 20 years in order to build with room to grow, Cloud said.
"Well, no, I have not roasted a pig before," Spaulding said. "But I have an associate who's an expert at it. I think the town manager might make some of her famous barbecue sauce."
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