Last year, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] responded to nearly 45,000 calls for service – a number that has grown by 50 percent over the last decade. Rapid residential and commercial development, coupled with an aging population, have been the driving factors behind the upward trajectory in call volume. This month, the District opened new EMS stations in St. Peters and Wentzville to serve these growing communities.
The stations, located on East Pearce Blvd. in Wentzville and Old Mill Parkway in St. Peters, are positioned in two of the District’s busiest response zones. The new facilities are larger than the ones they replace, giving SCCAD the ability to increase paramedic staffing at these locations as needed in the future if needed.
The stations are the first infrastructure projects in the Ambulance District’s 10-year capital improvement plan, which residents of St. Charles County put into motion in 2018 with their overwhelming support of Prop. Ambulance, a general obligation bond issue.
In 2021, the District will take the next steps outlined in the 10-year plan – a reconfiguration of assets along Rt. 364 in St. Peters and in the Harvester area. Currently, this area is served by a single ambulance. Next year, two new stations will be constructed to spread the coverage more evenly throughout this highly populated area.
The forthcoming EMS stations will be located at the corner of Woodstone Dr. and Queens Brooke Blvd. in St. Peters, and at the intersection of Caulks Hill Rd. and Towers Rd. in Harvester. The District aims to begin construction in the spring, and targets fall 2021 for their completion.
“When performing our community needs analysis, this area of the community was and continues to be a high priority,” said SCCAD Chief Taz Meyer. “The Queens Brooke and Towers stations, coupled with support from existing facilities, will enable us to enhance coverage and provide better response times to 911 emergencies.”
Also part of the capital improvement plan is a consolidated campus facility that brings together the District’s training, administration, logistics & supply center, vehicle maintenance and non-emergency transfer division. These areas of the operation are currently spread between five buildings in three municipalities. The 147,000 sq. ft. campus is under construction on Salt River Rd. in St. Peters, and is set to open next year.