MANHATTAN - Tucked under the High Line is a new EMS station that will help keep Manhattan residents safe.
FDNY members cut a ceremonial ribbon opening EMS Station 7 on Nov. 15, which will serve the communities of Manhattan's west side.
"Our goal is to continue our commitment to this dynamic neighborhood," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano.
Chief of Department Edward Kilduff added, "This was truly a team effort and everyone who took part should be proud."
Following the closure of St Vincent's Hospital in April 2010, the FDNY immediately increased the number of units and tours in the area to replace those hospital units lost.
FDNY worked with the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to quickly establish this temporary EMS facility in the Midtown West area of Manhattan to improve FDNY EMS response.
"You are going to provide a vital service to this community," Chief of EMS Abdo Nahmod said.
EMS Station 7 is a 3,656 square foot facility located under the Highline Park. This new station will house nine units, and will staff 21 ambulance tours each day. The station contains supply areas for advanced and basic life support, a vehicle supply room, oxygen storage area, and a decontamination bay.
"This neighborhood has been so gracious," said Capt. James Foley, the commanding officer of Station 7. "We know we'll have a long, happy relationship with everyone in the area."