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LIMA — Lima Allen County Paramedics has new digs. On Tuesday, it welcomed people in to check out the new dispatch center and vehicle bays.

Officials from LACP and St. Rita’s Medical Center were on hand for a blessing and grand opening ceremony for the medical transport organization’s new headquarters at 708 W. Spring St.

“The new facility allows us to have more state-of-the-art dispatch to help us in the medical management in the pre-hospital side when we’re transporting patients,” said Brian Smith, chief operating officer at St. Rita’s. “It also gives us more space to maintain our vehicles and keep our vehicles in top working order.”

An analysis of the organization’s needs and opportunities for growth led to developing plans for the new facility on the medical center’s campus. The analysis was done and work on planning the new center started not long after St. Rita’s purchased LACP in 2008.

“When we purchased LACP, we were focused on maintaining a high level of pre-hospital and ambulance transport in the community,” Smith said. “As we began to assess the opportunities LACP brought us and with the addition of the mobile ICU in early 2009, it became apparent we needed a better, more contemporary base of operations.”

Cory Melvin, executive director of LACP, said he’s excited about the space to work on the organization’s fleet of 13 vehicles, as well as the new dispatch center.

“The new facility allows us a great opportunity for growth. It’s a great opportunity as we move forward in the coming years,” Melvin said. “We have a brand new dispatch center, all brand new equipment moving on to better interoperability between us and the other providers in the area. We’ll be able to provide a much better service for the citizens of Lima and Allen County.”

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