NAMPA — A new building that opened Monday at the Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa includes space for Nampa Police and Canyon County Paramedics.

The facility on East Flamingo Avenue will provide both agencies with easy access to Interstate 84, and to Nampa homes and businesses north of the interstate.

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling, Nampa Police Chief Joe Huff, Canyon County Ambulance District Chief Michael Stowell and Mitch Minette of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce joined Travis Leach, president of Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Nampa Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony and prayer to celebrate the facility’s grand opening.

"It's in a location that we didn't have an ambulance at previously. It really helps us for this end of town," Stowell said. "It also gives us a supply hub to restock ambulances closer to a hospital. Great location."

Stowell said that, for the paramedics, the new station will have a 24-hour ambulance with two crew members assigned to it, as well as medical supplies available for restocking ambulances.

"The Nampa Police Department also has a workstation here. When they're out and about and need a place to stop and relax, get refreshed, maybe do a report, they can stop in here as well," Stowell said.

The new police and paramedics station also serves as a warehouse for the hospital. That warehouse will take up most of the space in the 19,000-square-foot building.

A new station for Ada County Paramedics opened in May at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. It replaced a doublewide trailer that was short on space and had become dilapidated.

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