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Open house at Southampton Village ambulance facility

Officials from Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance are holding an open house Saturday to show residents why it needs a new home.

According to Second Chief Rick Fowler, the open house will feature presentations and demonstrations on the company’s cramped quarters.

“We went to the village board last month to see the next step in getting a new facility,” Fowler said. “They suggested we have an open house so residents can see what we are about and what we are working with.”

Ambulance and fire officials often say having volunteers hanging out at the firehouse or ambulance headquarters leads to better response times since the responders are already there when a call comes in.

Fowler said the ambulance company has lowered response times from the 911 call until an ambulance arrives on scene to four minutes.

Space for volunteers to relax is cramped, and there is no kitchen — just a microwave and sink. Space for community CPR classes is also “tight,” Fowler said.

The 24-hour ambulance department responds to more than 600 emergency calls a year, according to its website.

Among the ideas that have been considered are retrofitting the old five-bay firehouse on Windmill Lane, or building a new facility near the village police department. The new firehouse on Hampton Road was finished last year.

The open house is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at department headquarters, 44 Meetinghouse Lane, in the village. Refreshments will be served.

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