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County OKs EMS Site On US 158

Eastern Davie is getting a new EMS station – and again – the county is getting help from the Bahnson family.

County commissioners approved a plan to purchase five acres of land across from Hillsdale United Methodist Church on US 158.

The county closed the current station on Yadkin Valley Road last year because of problems from a rodent infestation. Crews have been operating out of the Advance Fire Department.

The old one-acre site was donated to the county by the Bahnson family with the stipulation it only be used for emergency medical services; if not, the land reverts back to the family. The Bahnson family will get that land back, but agreed to pay the county $75,000. County Attorney Ed Vogler said there is an agreement with owners of the five acres on US 158 to buy it for $80,000.

“This is a great win for the county,” said Board Chair Robert Wisecarver, who was instrumental in working out the deals. The land will allow the EMS to expand outward. At the old site, up was the only way to go, he said.

Wisecarver said EMS crews are often busy transporting patients to hospitals in Winston-Salem, and another crew in eastern Davie will have to be considered.

Board member Terry Renegar, who worked with Wisecarver on working out details of the deal, said “the Bahnson family continues to be benevolent to the county.”

Board member Carl Humphrey thanked Wisecarver for spending “endless hours on it” and doing “a fantastic job.”

“It’s nothing I’ve done,” Wisecarver said. “This board has gotten it done.”