Waynesboro gets over $1 million grant to help with new emergency services campus near hospital

27 March 2024- The federal government contributed a $1,114,000 grant to the Borough of Waynesboro’s planned emergency services complex when the “Further Consolidated  Appropriations Act of 2024” was signed into law Saturday. 

The proposed 60,000 square-foot headquarters will meet the emergency service needs of the Borough and the surrounding area for the next generation. The complex would allow for a consolidated campus, with the goal of housing police, fire, WellSpan EMS and complementary WellSpan Health services. Sen. Bob Casey championed the project, becoming a strong advocate for it last year as Congress deliberated  on the FY 2024 budget.  

“This is a significant award for the community, as the Borough has outgrown its current facilities for our police and fire departments. We are grateful to Senator Casey for his support of the project and recognizing the Borough’s need for a new facility,” Borough Manager Jason Stains said. 

The Borough and WellSpan currently have a partnership in place for the feasibility phase of the complex. The complex is planned to be located directly across from the WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital, on a 5.27- acre parcel presently owned by WellSpan. 

“WellSpan’s commitment to improving access to care for patients in Franklin County extends far beyond  the walls of our hospitals. We’re excited to be able to make this emergency services facility a reality and  we’re thankful for Senator Casey’s support,” said Niki Hinckle, senior vice president of WellSpan’s west region. “As a trusted partner in the Waynesboro community we know the strategic value that this location brings and how it will benefit so many of our friends and neighbors.” 

The planned location of the new complex is within walking distance to downtown businesses, and across  the street from the Waynesboro School District’s senior high, middle, and one elementary school. The complex building will face Main Street, where the core of the community’s retail and service businesses  are located. Adding a complex that includes police, fire, EMS, and additional health services to the  downtown area will support the Borough Revitalization efforts along Main Street, as well as foster further development within the Borough. 

“I delivered this funding to invest in Waynesboro’s first responders and to improve health care for the Pennsylvanians who call it home,” said Senator Casey (D-PA). “This federal funding will bring all of  Waynesboro’s public first responders under one roof, better enabling coordination and collaboration, and streamline residents’ access to critical health services whenever they need it.” 

In addition to the improved safety and efficiency, the complex will provide the facilities needed to  accommodate existing and potential future police officer and Firefighter/EMT positions. The complex will also offer new clinical space to meet the healthcare needs of the surrounding area. Current concept plans include 7,000 sq. ft. for medical offices, a new police station with retaining walls and a privacy barrier to accommodate a 20-person police force, and a new fire station with five, double-deep apparatus bays and bunk rooms for firefighters and EMS. The ability to station first responders in a complex with medical personnel will greatly enhance the level of emergency response coordination in southern Franklin County.