By Admin on April 2017
TO’HAJIILEE, N.M.-President Russell Begaye congratulated the community of To’hajiilee on the grand opening of a new emergency medical services (EMS) field office on April 27.
“I am really excited to see the new EMS building here in To’hajiilee,” President Begaye said. “I want to congratulate the community for organizing their efforts in developing this project to completion.”
Construction of the new EMS field office cost approximately $2.4 million. The state of New Mexico contributed over $2 million and Navajo Abandoned Mine Lands contributed $400,000. The Navajo Nation assisted by putting in water lines to the facility beyond financial contributions.
The planning and design of the field office was developed in 2012 and construction started in early 2016. The time in between planning and construction was dedicated to securing project funding. The facility is roughly 5,600 square feet.
The To’hajiilee EMS field office is unique in that it’s the only stand-alone field office on the Navajo Nation that is owned by the department along with the Nation. All other field offices are contracted and provided space through Indian Health Services.
EMT Supervisor Dennis Charley said with this new facility the Navajo Nation now has 13 field offices spanning Tuba City, Ariz., to To’hajiilee, N.M.
“This project took a lot of hard work but we needed it,” he said. “As EMTs, we dedicate our lives to our profession and this building serves as a critical resource in providing emergency response to the area.”
Charley thanked everyone involved, including the project architects Dyron Murphy, P.C. and contractor Native American Services Corporation.
President Begaye acknowledged Council Delegate Norman M. Begay and Delegate Raymond Smith for their attendance at the grand opening. He also thanked the leaders and community members who were involved in the project.
“This field office is important in providing emergency response to the community which includes our children and elders. If an emergency situation arises, EMS will now be able to respond faster,” President Begaye said. “We are proud of your community and know that you will move safely into the future.”