South Taylor County EMS, or STEMS, now serves 600 square miles of the county.
"Basically, we've taken over county operations for Metrocare, including the communities of Tye, View, Elm Valley, and Potosi," said David Allman, Director of Operations for STEMS.
Taylor County commissioners approved $280,000 for STEMS to expand in October after Metrocare announced they would limit calls outside the Abilene city limits.
Formerly a volunteer service operating out of two stations, STEMS now has three stations with paid employees as well as volunteers. Their new station in Caps opened in mid-December, with 24-hour paid staff.
"This is a really special place for us. This is where we spend a third of our life, for our 24-hour crews," Allman said.
The new location in Caps is centrally located, allowing for quicker response times for emergencies.
"Five to six minutes from Tye, ten to 15 minutes from Potosi, ten to 15 minutes to Elm valley community," Allman said.
STEMS has two ambulances, and a third on the way.