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Southampton Village ambulance crew seeks new home

Now that the new firehouse has been finished, Southampton Village is contemplating a new home for its emergency medical services department.

Officials from Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance spoke at a recent village board of trustees meeting about different options, including the renovation of the old firehouse on Windmill Lane. That building has five bays, which could service the ambulance corps’ two ambulances and beach Polaris, now stored in a wood garage.

Officials in the village agree that the ambulance department has outgrown its Meeting House Lane building where it has been housed for 40 years.

Another plan presented would be to construct a new building near the police department on Windmill Lane, which would allow the two departments to share a training center and buy supplies together, Village Administrator Stephen Funsch said.

Among the options is a plan to renovate the ambulance corps’ own building, which officials, including Mayor Mark Epley, thought was least favorable.

Costs to build a new facility or to renovate the firehouse could run from $4.8 million to $5.1 million, Funsch said.

The department responds to more than 600 emergency calls a year, according to its website. The new firehouse on Hampton Road was finished last year.

The village will hold an open forum for residents at the EMS facility sometime next weekend to discuss the options, Funsch said, but a time has not yet been decided.