HUNTER — A new paramedic station in Hunter will cut response time to emergencies on the mountaintop, Greene County Emergency Services President Mark Evans said Monday.

The Hunter Medic Station, 7991 Main St., Hunter, was unveiled at a dedication ceremony Saturday.

The new facility will play a critical role in response time on the mountaintop, Evans said.

A tremendous amount of work went into converting the building from an automotive service center to the paramedic station, Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said Saturday.

The building will also house the county’s sixth flycar, Linger said.

A flycar is a paramedic vehicle in which patients are prepared for transport prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

Response time on the mountaintop, which at one time averaged 14 minutes, has been reduced to 9 minutes with the addition of the Hunter station and Medic 8, the newest flycar, Linger said.

Greene County Paramedics flycars are always mobile to make sure the entire county is covered, Linger said.

Greene County Paramedics is celebrating its 20th anniversary of service.

The organization began providing service to the county Aug. 1, 2000, with two units. One was based in Cairo, and the other covered the mountaintop.

By 2004, all towns in the county signed on to the “flycar” system and four paramedics began operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Five Greene County medic stations are in operation in Cairo, Coxsackie, Greenville, Prattsville and Hunter.

Three paramedics who have been a part of the organization from the beginning were honored at the ceremony Saturday. Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, presented awards to Davia Montie, Nancy Montesano and Ed Brandt.

Also speaking at Saturday’s event were Hunter Village Mayor Alan Higgins, and Greene County legislators Larry Gardner, D-Hunter, and Jim Thorington, R-Windham. Bill Williams/Columbia-Greene Media

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