St. Mary's County Times October 12, 2017 - Page 3

Thursday, October 12, 2017 The County Times Advanced Life Support Unit Looks To Its Future By Guy Leonard Staff Writer The president of the county’s Ad- vanced Life Support unit (ALS) stated in a letter to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County that their emergency care providers are being strained and are looking for ways to relieve the pressure. Paul Koch, in a missive dated Sept. 26, said the ALS cancellation rate for emergency calls is over 50 percent, which meant the need for their services was not required even though they had a dispatch order. “We hope to update the current dis- patching criterion to better identify those calls that require ALS resources and, more importantly, those who do not,” Koch wrote, noting the changes had to be from a partnership with the new jurisdictional medical director, Dr. Daniel Geary. “This will help free up our paramed- ics, reduce out of position responses and help lower our response time and Did-Not-Respond rate.” Koch also said his unit needs to iden- tify sites for both north and south coun- ty stations. “With a county of over 760 square miles, our response time effectively becomes an issue of geography,” Koch wrote, noting that the farthest point north was 25 miles from Leonardtown and 30 miles to the south. These “response times [are] well out- side the response time goals established in the 2012 report by the St. Mary’s County EMS SWOT Task Force,” Koch continued. Having two substations would do much to reduce the lengthy response times, he claimed. Those two substations, if they be- come operational, would necessitate more on-call paramedics than the two on duty around the clock, Koch stated. “Our goal is to provide a comprehen- sive report in early January 2018 that will provide recommendations that will not only help bring [St. Mary’s County] ALS into compliance with the expec- tations of the SWOT report regarding response times but also allow us to continue to provide outstanding ALS service to St. Mary’s County now and in the decades to come,” Koch wrote. guyleonard@countytimes.net Developer Still Pursuing Great Mills Business Park By Guy Leonard Staff Writer J.F. Taylor Inc. representatives say they are still moving ahead with plans to build a business park and warehouse near the intersection of Route 5 and Great Mills Road despite having to set aside the project for a time. “We’re still pursuing it,” said Wayne Taylor, the principal on the Cecil’s Mill Business Park project for the parent company. “We chose to suspend every- thing until we got our ducks in a row.” That included purchasing the Patux- ent River Offi ce Park farther north on Great Mills Road, Taylor told The County Times. The family-owned company works closely with the defense industry, par- ticularly in avionics, fl ight testing and unmanned systems. The project is a combination of a 28,400-square foot, two-story offi ce building at Great Mills Road and Pleas- ant Mill Drive and a 54,000-square foot assembly warehouse. The property is nearly 25 acres in size and the original plans for the project in- cluded a residential development. The fi rst public hearing last October was halted due to missing data from the State Highway Administration that needed to be included to proceed with deliberations. Local planners also called a hearing for the project since they found a zoning error in the Lexington Park master plan for the property. That report has since entered into the record and states that no further traffi c analysis is needed and the project could be approved. The nearby residents, already weary of heavy traffi c and long delays at the intersection of Great Mills Road and Route 5, have opposed the project be- cause they believe it will further exacer- bate traffi c jams. Now that the purchase of the other of- fi ce park is completed, Taylor said, his family’s company will now refocus on going before the county planning com- mission on the Cecil’s Mill project. “We see the need [for another busi- ness park] and we’re engaging that pro- cess,” said Taylor. guyleonard@countytimes.net Local News 3 Wrap up your Wrap up décor your holiday holiday décor now and save. now and save. Pirouette ® Window Shadings 100 REBATE $ Pirouette ® Window Shadings 100 REBATE $ Make sure your home is holiday ready by ordering beautiful new Hunter Douglas window fashions today. Rebate savings are available * on select Make sure styles, your 9/16/17 home through is holiday ready by ordering beautiful new ON QUALIFYING PURCHASES OF HUNTER DOUGLAS WINDOW FASHIONS * 12/11/17. Ask for details today. Hunter Douglas window fashions today. Rebate savings are available on select styles, 9/16/17 through 12/11/17. Ask for Baldwin details today. 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