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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FDNY- New EMS Station in Queens

Published: December 30, 2014

EMS Station 49 Opens in Queens

Ribbon cut to officially open EMS Station 49 in Queens.
Ribbon cut to officially open EMS Station 49 in Queens.

Paramedics and EMTs in Queens had a reason to celebrate the end of 2014, the new quarters for EMS Station 49 was opened in Queens on Dec. 30. 

“Members assigned here will continue to be a vital part of the Department moving forward,” Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. 

Serving Astoria and the surrounding communities in Queens, the station provides 13 Advanced and Basic Life Support ambulance tours each day. Fifty paramedics and EMTs work out of the new station.
“We, at the Department, consider ourselves a family, and I can see the pride at this station,” Chief of Department James Leonard said. “We are here to serve the community, and the community is enriched because of it.” 

Facility design and construction cost an estimated $1.9 million and measures 3,600 square-feet, with training facilities, storage for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and ample locker facilities for all personnel assigned.  The construction of the new station was made possible with the help of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the Parks Department and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Paramedics and EMTs in front of their new station.
Paramedics and EMTs in front of their new station.

“We look at our future when you walk through the doors here,” Chief of EMS Abdo Nahmod said. “Every time we open a station we have a positive impact on the neighborhoods we serve.”
The station was open for two weeks before the ribbon cutting, and already boasted a pre-hospital save. 

“Commitment and family are very important words to us,” Station 49 Capt. Joseph Lomino said. “This group has a long history of dedication and perseverance.”