Operation Life started limited coverage in the northern part of Putnam County, stationing a unit at the Roachdale Volunteer Fire Department between 2003-2007. Near the conclusion of that 2007 lease agreement, discussion began between the Operation Life Board of Directors and Bainbridge & Community Volunteer Fire Department about acquiring land in a lease agreement. Terms were reached, and construction on the Bainbridge EMS Station broke ground in January 2008 and finished by mid-May. The station was funded 100% by money from Operation Life, meaning no taxpayer dollars were spent in the design and construction of this building. An open house was held on May 31, 2008 to offer the community an opportunity to view the newly completed structure.
It features ‘green’ construction features such as motion-sensor lights, LED lighting and high efficiency heating and cooling. The facility has full living quarters for the duty crew. Initially, the station was covered during daytime hours by a combination of paid and volunteer staff. That was expanded to sixteen hours per day after 2010 and by 2015 had been expanded to eighteen hours per day. The Bainbridge Station is exclusively staffed by paid paramedic-level crews.
Bainbridge Station is home to Medic 3 and was designed to house a single ambulance. Medic 3’s primary response areas include all areas in a boundary which is north of US-36, east of the Parke County Line, south of the Montgomery County line and west of the Hendricks County Line. Medic 3 covers an area which frequently requires extended response times to reach limited access areas of Putnam County, with unimproved roads and remote incident locations. Transport times to acute care receiving facilities are often upwards of 30 minutes.