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L-R: Charles McKaraher, M.D.; EMS staff Brittany Presnell, Josh Davis, and Tiffany Getz; EMS Manager Sylvia Fisher; Emergency Services Director Bryan Blanton; County Manager Mary Furtado; Assistant County Manager Paul Murray; EMS staff Harlie Wilson and Jennifer Wright; Commissioner Austin Allran; Commissioner Randy Isenhower; EMS staff Andrew Wright and Nick Farthing; Commissioner Barbara Beatty; retired EMS staff Gary Reitzel; Austin Phipps of Moss Marlow; County construction staff Bryan Morales; and Tracey and Brandon Setzer of Moss Marlow
courtesy of Amy McCauley, Catawba County Communications & Marketing Director

Ribbon-Cutting Held for St. Stephens E.M.S. Base

Catawba County Commissioners Randy Isenhower, Barbara Beatty, and Austin Allran celebrated the completion of the County’s newly-constructed St. Stephens E.M.S. base with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Catawba County E.M.S. staff, construction partner Moss Marlow, and county staff. The new facility is at 4447 Section House Road.

The 4,248-square-foot building nearly doubles the size of the former St. Stephens base on Springs Road, which served the community for more than 35 years. The new facility features four drive-through ambulance bays and a workspace.

The St. Stephens base is the second of three new standalone Catawba County E.M.S. bases planned to replace outdated facilities and provide quicker entry and exit for county ambulances and emergency response vehicles. The county celebrated the opening of a new base in Newton in November 2022 and is currently developing plans for a new base off Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory.