A paramedic station that will serve residents below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal will be built on the grounds of the new Christiana Care Free Standing Emergency Department off of Del. Route 299.


A paramedic station that will serve residents below the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal will be built on the grounds of the new Christiana Care Free Standing Emergency Department off of Del. Route 299.

What’s New

New Castle County Council has approved legislation that will allow the county executive to sign a memorandum of understanding with Christiana Care to construct a paramedic station in Middletown.

Nine members of council voted in favor of bringing the new paramedic station to the southern portion of the county Sept. 4, with Councilman Jea Street (D- Wilmington) voting no, and three absent.

The plan is to build the paramedic station, which will serve residents south of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, in conjunction with the new Christiana Care Free Standing Emergency Department off of Del. Route 299.

What We’ve Reported

The county will put $750.000 towards the new paramedic station in Middletown, and then pay $1 each year after to lease it from Christiana Care.

The 99-year lease that the county will enter in with Christiana says that New Castle County will also pay for water, sewer and utilities and that Christiana Care will maintain the outside of the station, including the parking areas, driveways, grounds and landscaping.

Once the County Executive signs the memorandum of understanding, the plans for the new station will be able to move forward. It is still in the planning phases and the exact size of the facility is not yet available.

Construction on the freestanding emergency room is expected to be completed by the spring and if all goes according to plan, the new paramedic station’s completion will shortly follow.

Last month, Councilman Bill Bell (D- Middletown) tabled the legislation so that EMS personnel and the administration could be more involved in the planning process for the station.

He said on Sept. 4 that he feels some of the question he originally had were answered and that the station needs to meet and support the needs of the paramedics with it’s size and functionality.

What has been proposed for the new paramedic station mimics those of the new one on Kirkwood Highway, but the bays will be larger in size.

The doors will also be built to suit larger vehicles.

What’s Next

Now that county council has passed the legislation, the county executive will be able to enter into a leasing agreement with Christiana Care for the Middletown Paramedic Station.

The county will pay $750,000, or the amount that the winning bidder on the project makes, for the station and then $1 each year for rent for 99 years.

The anticipated completion date for construction on the paramedic station is April 2013.