Work begins on new education, emergency center

PRINCETON — Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Princeton Rescue Squad Education Center and Emergency Shelter on Tuesday. 

Princeton Rescue Squad Chief Executive Officer Stacy Hicks said the new center will be about 10,000 square feet. The old education center is about 1,500 square feet. “It will replace the education center we already have,” Hicks said. “It will also have stadium-style seating in the center. It will have breakout rooms to have smaller classes. It’s also going to have a testing site for contractors, nurses and other professionals.” 

Hicks said the estimated cost of the whole project is $3 million. “As of today, we’re just a little over halfway there, as far as fundraising goes,” Hicks said. “Even though we’re not fully funded on the project, sometimes you have to take a step of faith. We’re confident that the community will get behind this project.”  

Hicks said currently students have to drive to Roanoke or Charleston to be tested. “We’ll also use it for teaching community CPR and first aid,” Hicks said. 

According to Hicks, the other part of the building will house the emergency shelter. “It will be about 10,000 square feet as well,” Hicks said. “It will be used in emergency situations such as when people are displaced from their homes during flooding or loss of power or other disasters that may displace people from their homes.” 

Hicks said Tuesday was a great day. “Today’s been a great day for us,” Hicks said. “Everybody here at the squad is excited. And you know, the future of EMS in Mercer County depends on this building. We want to thank everyone who has donated so far.”  

Hicks said donations are currently being accepted. “They can send it to Princeton Rescue Squad 701 Stafford Drive, Princeton, WV 24740,” Hicks said. 

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