By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: November 19, 2018 | 3:45 p.m.
SURRY – The turning of the official first shovelful of dirt on November 1 signaled the beginning of construction of the long-awaited Surry County Rescue Squad & Emergency Operations Center. Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Commerce Drive & Colonial Trail West, the proposed construction includes a new, one story rescue squad building of approximately 8,294 sq. ft and an adjacent emergency operations center of approximately 3,842 sq. ft.
As MC of the historic occasion, Surry County Emergency Services Coordinator Ray Phelps expressed his enthusiasm about the project and added, “We are extremely excited about having Mr. Wanner as the Interim County Administrator. We are so glad that he has come in and pushed forward with the momentum Surry County has been creating for the future.”
Phelps then made a point of thanking all the behind the scenes personnel “who make things happen every day, as well as all those that volunteer to provide emergency medical and fire services to the citizens of Surry County.”
Mr. Sandy Wanner, Interim County Administrator; Mrs Judy Lyttle, BOS Bacon’s Castle District; Mr. John M. Seward, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors – Surry District; Billy Gresham, E.T. Gresham Contractor; Mr. Kenneth Holmes, BOS, Carsley District; Mr. Michael Ashe, Architect
After the performance of The Star Spangled Banner by the Surry County High School Band, Phelps introduced Board of Supervisors Chairman John Seward, who spoke about the need for and services to be provided by the project. Seward was followed by Supervisor Kenneth Holmes, who shared his excitement about the changes and future growth in Surry.
Some details shared during the ceremony included that the relocation of the Emergency Operations Center was necessitated to move the critical EOC functions and dispatch functions from outside of the Emergency Evacuation Zone. This is required in the event of an emergency at the Dominion Nuclear Power Plant. The relocation also centralizes EOC functions for drills and Emergency Planning events.
In March of 2018, bids for the Rescue Squad/Emergency Operations Center were released, and the project was subsequently awarded to the E. T. GRESHAM COMPANY, of Norfolk, Virginia, which has a 100 year history and reputation for innovation, and fostering practical solutions. Mr. Michael C. Ashe, FAIA, served as the Architect leading the building’s design, to which The Surry County Board of Supervisors committed more than $4 Million dollars. The Project consists of the construction of a combination premanufactured metal and masonry building for the Surry Rescue Squad, Emergency Operation Center and 911 Call Center.