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Burke Officials Announce Acquisition Of Land For EMS Base

Land has been acquired for an EMS base in Burke County. Over the past 12-18 months, the Burke County Board of Commissioners and professional staff have evaluated several properties in Morganton for a new home for EMS Base No. 1, which is currently located in an end-of-life structure on Foothills Drive that is not owned by Burke County.

County staff announced that a 4.25-acre site near the intersection of Drexel Road and Hwy 18 South in Morganton was acquired with grant funding at a cost of $402,206.54. Based on call demand data, this property will be a more strategic location to serve the pre-hospitalization needs of citizens as well as provide needed modernization and space allocation to ensure long-term stability and continuity for Burke County EMS.

In addition to accommodating emergency medical personnel, life-saving equipment and a training area, this state-of-the-art facility will also serve as the County’s secondary public safety answering point (PSAP).

The new facility is anticipated to cost between $7- $8MM and construction is estimated to be completed in 24 to 30 months. The County has requested State grant funding assistance in the amount of $5MM. If received, the balance would be financed on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. If the grant is not awarded, then the County would evaluate an installment financing option for this critical piece of public safety infrastructure.

This property acquisition and building plan aligns with priorities established at the Commissioners’ budget retreat held in early March and their Capital Improvement Plan adopted on April 12, 2023.