DeKalb County opening EMS facility for 6 new ambulances

DeKalb County is set to open an emergency response “hub” in Brookhaven that will house six new ambulances.

The facility will also include a training room for community programs and educational activities. A supervisor from American Medical Response, which contracts with DeKalb to provide ambulance services, will be stationed at the hub.

The county said in a statement that the new building at 3292 Buford Highway will provide a space for paramedics to change shifts and bring ambulances closer to the north DeKalb area.

AMR has faced complaints over its response times in the past, especially in the northern parts of the county. In October 2018, DeKalb stationed three additional ambulances at fire stations in north DeKalb.

Officials did not say when the new Brookhaven facility would be operational, but city and county leaders are set to speak about it at an event Wednesday morning.

In 2018, Brookhaven purchased the 1-acre site for $1.7 million. The land used to house a QuikTrip, but the city entered into an agreement with the county to redevelop it into the EMS hub.

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