RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- Construction begins next week on one of two new emergency service bases in Randolph County, aimed at helping reduce response time to rural areas.
One base will be built in Uwharrie, the other in Erect.
Both bases will have at least two paramedics on standby at all times, along with an ambulance.
The plan, which has been four years in the making, was approved by county commissioners earlier this month.
It’s a plan Donovan Davis, emergency services director, says has been long overdue.
"In the areas where we're adding bases, it could be up to 25 minutes in the far reaching areas of our county,” Davis said.
Davis also says an increase in emergency calls has created the need for more resources.
The county received about 3,000 more emergency calls this year than it did in 2009.
It's going to cost nearly $200,000 to build each base.
That first base in Uwharrie is expected to be up and running by January 2015.