This afternoon, Councillor Maria Augimeri (Ward 9 York Centre) and Toronto Paramedic Services Acting Chief Gord McEachen hosted a community open house and official opening of Toronto’s first multi-function ambulance station.
This new station is designed to accommodate up to 25 ambulances and their respective paramedic crews as well as other support services. It is the largest ambulance station ever built in the City of Toronto.
“Congratulations to the men and women of the Toronto Paramedic Service for this new state of the art station,” said Councillor Augimeri. “Many lives will be saved by the people who work here and also by the project team’s conscientious approach to this station’s design, which not only tends to the needs of today’s citizens, but also future patients for decades to come.”
“This multi-function station is the first such station to be completed as part of a long-term vision for Toronto Paramedic Services and it is designed to respond to the needs of our growing and aging population in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Acting Chief McEachen. “The design allows for more efficient maintenance and stocking of multiple ambulances, a more cost-effective process as the demand for our services continues to grow.”
The new station, located at 1300 Wilson Ave., will house ambulances, paramedics, equipment and supply technicians and the administrative and training offices of the North-West District Office of Toronto Paramedic Services. The station is under the command of Commander Janice Bain.
After the official remarks and ribbon cutting, guests toured the station and observed paramedics demonstrating advanced medical skills such as intubation and intravenous drug administration.
Paramedics will begin working out of the new station on October 11. Additional multi-function stations are being planned for the east and southern parts of the City.
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