Prague will announce a competition for the rescue headquarters, it will be at the Prosek Polyclinic
The city is also preparing a memorandum with Prague 9, which originally managed the designated land and is now transferring it to the municipality. The new headquarters will have a dispatching, administration or rescue education and training center. In total, the seat should cost 1.5 billion crowns with VAT.
Prague rescuers are now based in Korunní Street in a building they share with the Municipal Police. The city plans to build a separate headquarters for a longer period of time, in the past there were several proposed solutions. The previous management of the municipality wanted to place the emergency medical service in a building under construction in Palmovka, which was originally supposed to be the town hall of Prague 8. However, this was due to complications with the completion. Before that, the municipality considered the land in Troy, but the town hall was against it.
Now the management of the municipality has agreed with Prague 9 on the use of land at the Prosek Polyclinic. According to an earlier statement by the town councilor Milena Johnová (Prague Sobě), the winner of the two-round architectural competition should be known next summer. It will be selected by a jury of architects and city representatives. According to the planned schedule, it could start in 2025, it could be done two years later. The competition is to cost about six million crowns, the entire processing of project documentation for the construction is about 80 million without VAT.
According to the approved document, the dispatching center, rescue training center, emergency medical facility or ambulance service and washing facilities should be relocated to the new building. The workplaces of Prague rescuers are now located in various parts of the city. Until a new building is built in Střížkov, part of the emergency medical services will be moved to the Prosek Polyclinic, which, according to the mayor of Prague 9, Tomáš Portlík (ODS), is expanding. According to Johnová, the emergency services should find a temporary background in the new extension from 2023.
Next year, the Prague Rescue Service will celebrate 165 years since its founding. It currently has more than 20 exit bases and is gradually building more. The building in Korunní Street has housed an emergency medical service since 1999. The organization’s annual budget is about half a billion crowns. Last year, rescuers took part in the fight against the pandas, in addition to transporting the infected to the hospital, they helped with testing and vaccination, for example.