A 40X40-foot garage was dedicated Feb. 3 at Dugway Proving Ground, providing heat or air conditioning to shelter ambulances and their medical equipment and supplies from seasonal temperatures that may range from -15 to 105 degrees. The garage also eliminates the need for ambulance crews to scrape ice from windows before going on a call.
“It has shaved off response time by five minutes,” said John Mittelman, EMS Coordinator and a longtime paramedic on DPG.
The last time ambulances at DPG’s English Village housing and administrative area were parked under shelter was approximately 2012, when the hospital closed and was replaced by a smaller clinic.
Installation Management Command in San Antonio funded the ambulance garage project. Local offices working together on DPG included Directorate of Public Works (DPW), Emergency Medical Services, DPW Contract Management, DPW Engineering, Chenega Facilities Management, Network Enterprise Center, Dugway Fire Department, Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC), MICC Engineering and Construction Consulting Management, the contractor based in Saratoga Springs, Utah.
A red ribbon was cut by Mittelman to begin the use of the two-unit garage. Others in the ceremony were Col. Scott Gould, commander of Dugway Proving Ground; Aaron Goodman, Garrison Manager; Kent Hawkins, Civil Engineer; and Paul Frailey, MICC Contracting Officer.