Mid-Cape Softball Classic Fundraiser Set to Benefit EMS Building Project

ems-building-renditionSOUTH DENNIS – The Cape and Islands Emergency Medical Services System is raising money for a new training facility and will hold a fundraiser on Saturday.

The organization is holding its inaugural Mid Cape Softball Classic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Johnny Kelly Park in South Dennis.

The all-day softball tournament features teams from fire departments in Dennis, Orleans, Wellfleet, Chatham and Hyannis, as well as Cape Cod Hospital and the Barnstable Police Department.

There will be raffle items, corn hole games and a bouncy house at the event.

Food trucks from C-Dogs and Cape Cod Donut Truck will be on site, as well as food from Billy Goats in Dennis.

Proceeds from the event will go to the organization’s building project which will bring state-of-the-art patient simulation training technology to the Cape and Islands region.

“Over the years we have utilized the Barnstable County Fire Training Academy as our training center to teach these programs and what has happened is that we have basically outgrown the building,” said Cape and Islands EMS co-director Rick Knowlton.

The new EMS Training Center will be located on the Cape Cod Hospital campus and will include an 89-seat modular classroom, a dedicated pediatric and adult simulation lab and additional training areas for hands-on practice.

“We think it’s going to take us about two years to raise the money that we need,” said Knowlton. “The suggested amount right now are in the $4.5 million range. That is without a piece of property.”

Knowlton added that depending on the property, the price could go up, but if they are able to secure a building and just renovate it, it would reduce the price.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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