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Ambulance squad closer to goal for new building

January 19, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - As the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad prepares to move to its new home on the borough's Main Street, it again is asking for public donations to help the squad make payments on a $1.3 million loan.

The squad is scheduled to move to its new 16,000-square-foot headquarters at 603 W. Main St. in early spring, according to Brent Frain, squad chief.

It also is looking to purchase additional property on the east side of the site for future expansion, he said.

Frain said the builder, GRC General Contractor Inc. of Zullinger, Pa., was a month behind schedule at one point, but nearly has gotten back on target to meet requirements set forth by a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan program.


Officials with that program announced in May 2005 that the squad received a low-interest, 40-year loan toward its $2.2 million building project.

Part of the loan agreement states the squad must provide the USDA with $500,000 early in participation, Frain said.

"We're about $100,000 short of what our goal was," he said.

Also, loan payments begin this month.

Frain said a recent $10,000 contribution from First National Bank of Greencastle helped the cause, and he hopes it sets the standard for other area businesses.

"We have to make the statement that we support the community," said Kim Shockey, the bank's Waynesboro branch office manager. "The main goal for the bank was to help the ambulance squad reach its goal."

Shockey said the bank has relied on the Waynesboro Ambulance Squad's services in the past, and she is glad the money is staying local.

About 30 businesses have contributed to the squad's first capital campaign, but Frain hopes that number increases significantly as volunteers continue to reach out to businesses in the squad's primary response area - Waynesboro and Washington Township.

"We're still in the middle of our campaign with the businesses," Frain said.

That campaign will wrap up at the end of February.

The squad will sell its buildings at 48 S. Potomac St., Frain said.

The new facility can house eight ambulances in a bay with four doors. The building also features a community room that doubles as an emergency shelter.

Businesses and residents may get more information about donating by calling 717-762-5338.

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