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Construction rapidly progressing on new EMS station in Ocala

Construction on Marion County Fire Rescue’s new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station is progressing at a rapid rate.

Located at 1400 SW 6th Avenue in Ocala, MCFR’s Ocala Central EMS station is an upgrade to their previous facility, which was built in 1960.

MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR (1)
Construction is quickly progressing on MCFR’s EMS Ocala Central station, which is located at 1400 SW 6th Avenue in Ocala. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

The new EMS station, Ocala Central, will provide patient transport service to citizens and visitors in the central and western areas of Ocala, as well as urban service areas outside of the city.

Built by Dinkins Construction and funded by the Penny Sales Tax, the six-bay station will allow for MCFR’s current fleet of medic units to operate there. There will also be room for future expansion.

Since the groundbreaking ceremony in October 2023, Construction crews have been hard at work as the Ocala Central facility takes shape.

Aerial photo of MCFR's new EMS Central building (Photo by Marion County Fire Rescue)
A drone captured this aerial shot of MCFR’s EMS Central station in January 2024. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In a social media post on May 9, 2024, MCFR shared several exterior and interior photos of the EMS station as construction crews continue to make steady progress.

MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR (2)
This exterior shot of the EMS Central Ocala station was shared by MCFR in a social media post on May 9, 2024. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

According to MCFR, the new EMS Central Ocala station will include a large day room, several bunk rooms (two beds per room), a modernized kitchen, workout room, training room, and report writing room.

MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR (8)
Construction is progressing inside MCFR’s Ocala Central EMS station. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)
MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR (6)
Another photo showing the construction progress inside MCFR’s Ocala Central EMS station. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)
MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR (9
Construction crews have been hard at work on MCFR’s Ocala Central EMS station. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

In addition, MCFR will have its first Baby Box installed at the EMS Central Ocala station.

MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR (3)
The EMS Central Ocala station will have MCFR’s first Baby Box. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

“We are immensely proud to witness the rapid progress on our newest state-of-the-art EMS station, a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, Marion County Facilities Management and the exceptional expertise of Dinkins Construction,” stated MCFR Professional Standards Deputy Chief Drew Rogers.

Rogers added, “Their commitment to excellence has not only kept our project on schedule but has also ensured that every detail meets the highest standards of quality and functionality. This facility is set to be a cornerstone of community safety, all thanks to our collaborative efforts.

MCFR EMS Central Ocala station construction progress update (May 2024) photo by MCFR
MCFR crews are eager to move into the new station. (Photo: Marion County Fire Rescue)

Marion County Fire Rescue stated on social media that its crew members are excited about this new venture and are looking forward to moving into the station.